(Scott Beale / Laughing Squid)
by Britt Julious
On December 7, 2012, I celebrated the five-year anniversary of my online blog, Britticisms. The site is hosted on the Tumblr platform. I joined the site after reading an ongoing series of blog posts on Gawker about an “internet-famous” couple based in New York. I wasn’t interested in their personal lives, but the documentation of their relationship - the photographs and videos and small anecdotes - was different than how I previously understood blogging. Information was shared readily.
Upon joining the platform, I realized the critical importance of the dashboard. It wasn’t just that the couple posted content quickly. It was also important that the information was shared quickly, was easily accessible to their audience, that a constant stream provided the information we were strangely interested in.
Earlier this year, I spent hours on the site, immersing myself in the images and music and videos that continue to improve my everyday browsing of stimuli online. If “curated” correctly a Tumblr dashboard can better explain one’s growing identity as a consumer of ideas and images than one can even articulate. As a fan, I better understood the areas of study that I hadn’t pursued but still felt compelled to understand like philosophy and art history. As a writer, I better understood the importance of my own voice and the ease of sharing to audiences I could not find on other platforms. Responses were immediate.