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Yesterday I read an interesting post on tumblr defending adding actual commentary on reblogs (rather than tag commentary). YES. A+. Would read again. The post: click here.

Somehow I also fell into the trap of having a somewhat-sterile blog on tumblr? I like having it clean because I *do* get annoyed when an "art blog" is heavily bogged down by reblogs (like 10+ reblogs per day with sporadic art). I've gone back in my "art blog" to clean up reblogs and I haven't had to go back 3 pages (and this is over a 3 week span).

Anyways, thoughts? I vaguely remember that I used to leave actual commentary on some H/D reblogs. I leave text commentary when I reblog my friends art for me (or I comment on their art when the reply feature is turned on). When I comment in tags, it's usually on posts where I don't really have anything to add.

Overall I appreciate when people add their thoughts where people can see, so their thoughts can be heard instead of whatever it is right now. And ok, it's weird when the commentary totally derails the post (like I had someone reblog my fanart with Star Trek tags LOL ok), and it's terrible if someone like, starts an argument, but still. This is an interesting topic because everyone has different ways they want
to use tumblr.


On to fest participation/progress on projects. Hopefully this isn't too much for me (well I do have a lot of free time). Posting progress updates on LJ so maybe I'll actually get things done:

1) Merlin Olympics: I have a week and a half left I haven't started. This is still stewing in my head. Competing together as Team United Kingdom or separately as Team Avalon and Team Albion? Will likely be one colored picture.

2) Fujosports (Love Love Hill Anthology): No progress, but targetting Mid-Feb for a concrete idea (roughs). I want men crying out of joy with winning or the pain of losing. Maybe something terrible/hilarious like the Playoff Beard superstition (or something about how horrible Movember was for many of us). Hopefully will be a short (<10 pg, maybe even <5 pg) comic.

To-do (for now): Finalize picking story/sport & characters.

3) Lazy Valentines Exchange: An art exchange for artist friends, need to make people give me their wishlists (and write mine) and assign valentines. I'm considering making this a semi-regular exchange too. It seems like I want more reasons to interact with people on social

To-do: retrieve wishlists and send out assignments

4) Merlin Art Fest: I've signed up. I am NOT going to do a wispy dreamy 5x13 angstfest picture (again). I claimed some AU ones, so we'll see if I get them (my 3rd choice is making up my own AU prompt). Mod post says that we can talk about our prompt/share wips, etc.

I'd like to actually put in more effort in whatever I do for this fest. Usually I just stew over ideas and then draw "the one" in one sitting, and that's it, that's the pic. But maybe it would be interesting to be more active with posting progress/chucked ideas/etc. And use LJ more

5. H/D Mpreg Fest: Signing up for this. I haven't looked at the prompts yet, but I'll pick one later today. I want to do something more than just a single picture. I think this fest is anon so I'll just talk about progress vaguely?


That's all for now. I need to post some of my merlin fanart over on this LJ, but I've been too lazy.

Date: 2014-01-29 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I leave text commentary when I reblog my friends art for me [...] When I comment in tags, it's usually on posts where I don't really have anything to add."
↑ ↑ ↑ Yup, same here. I almost never leave commentary on fandom reblogs (like gifsets or fic recs), so when I do leave a comment, it's in the description field, not the tags... tags to me are more for being able to easily find posts again when I'm looking for them, or the general "brb dying" "lolwut" "humour" "scary stuff" "FLIES INTO THE SUN" kind of things - still categorical, still for the purpose of finding again later. I don't really understand the purpose of #putting a comment #in the tags LOL #like the OP will never see it #unless they note-stalk I guess? #lolwut

Ah, well.

Good luck on your fests! ♥

Date: 2014-01-29 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You've described it perfectly. Tag comments also work if you are aiming for specific people that watch your tumblr too (like inside jokes). But writing in the description means that you're actively participating. It can be weird if you suddenly write an unrelated bdsm comment (or other kink)... In that case it would probably be better to start a new post with a link citing the reblog as the inspiration? But OP should be aware the nature of uploading stuff on tumblr and people reblogging however they want

Date: 2014-01-29 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
re: tag comment inside jokes - ah, yes, that is very true. But I've seen so many posts now where people will put a whole paragraph's worth of related comment tags that seems less inside-jokey and more "These are my two knuts on the matter, but I'll not put it in the discussion for the OP to actually see it because tags are the In Thing"... xD It pleases me when somebody else will then reblog it and copy/paste their tags into the description so all can see. ♥

And yeah, I think that's what turns a lot of artists off to Tumblr in the end. =\ I've seen a number of folks use Tumblr as their art blogs for a while, then leave because they get tired of the way their art gets tagged, untagged, get parts of it removed, reposted instead of reblogged, etc. etc... =\

Date: 2014-01-29 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I see this with head canons too and I think NO PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS THEY ARE LOVELY.

Being an artist on tumblr means you can't be too protective over your art (IMO). It's just so public and for everyone to share (and once someone reblogs your post ITS OUT THERE and you can't retroactively delete it haha. I don't follow artists that have left tumblr but I can see the reason(s) why.

Date: 2014-01-29 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Omg, yes, I agree!! Headcanons make me so so so happy to read, whether they're in line with mine or not~ I think my favourite comments I've received are the ones where people say trait xyz matches their headcanon perfectly. xD

I followed a few who left, and a couple who left and came back... idk about not being too protective, though. I mean, yes, on the one hand, every artist should realize going in that once it's out in the public people are going to do things to it, but on the other hand, it sucks that that happens in negative ways, so... =\ The internet is very much a living thing. xD

Date: 2014-01-29 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They're my favorite too, and it's something to talk about (and make new fandom friends with). Give me all the ideas, lol. In any case, tag commenting might be one of the biggest reasons I haven't made many long-lasting fandom friendships on tumblr... and here we go again, the topic of why I love talking in comments on LJ.

Date: 2014-01-29 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, same - there are a few people I've messaged back and forth with a number of times, but nothing deep or personal, no conversations that were lasting. xD Whereas I met several of my best and oldest friends via LJ~ :3

Date: 2014-01-30 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't have a tumblr yet (although Yin and I keep debating about getting one since most of our fandoms are more active there). I'm not sure how the tag commenting works, but I think I'd be pretty happy to see text commentary on a post I did...particularly if it wasn't to start an argument or something, lolz. I've always seen tumblr as odd in that it is so public (one of the things that kind of scares me about it, lolz!)...once you post something there it seems pretty open to the public domain to do with as they like.

~Good luck with your fests! ♥

Date: 2014-01-30 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You guys might have to just try it and see if tumblr works out for you! It can be an enjoyable fandom experience (and at the same time the culture can be frustrating lol).

Date: 2014-02-04 07:10 am (UTC)
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ALL THE THINGS! It makes me ridiculously happy to see you on LJ more :D


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