I finally did it. I gave in, gave up, saw the light, had an epiphany, was told by an angel, was coerced…and started a Tumblr. “What is the point of a Tumblr?” you might ask—as I did for so long. For me, it’s kind of a halfway point between full-on blog and social network. I would feel weird posting just a quote or just a picture on One Little Library. And I would feel weird posting a full length book review on Facebook. Those actions break the unspoken rules of those social media sites. But on Tumblr, I can do both and either quite happily. I can repost/reblog others’ content without feeling like I’m using someone else’s content to populate my site. (To this day, I have only reblogged one post ever.) I can post just a quote from the book I’m reading without launching into a whole review. And I can post pictures of my cat without feeling like One Little Library is Losing Its Focus.
And now that I’m on Tumblr, I love it! Seriously. It is so much fun. As a book lover, there are just so many great ways to indulge in my favorite thing in the whole wide world: books. There’s Book Porn and Date A Girl Who Reads. Maybe I’m having a bad day at work, and I can take a look at Life in Publishing and know I’m not alone. Maybe my authors are being ridiculously author-ish and Hey, Author says everything I wish I could say. Because I work in education publishing, I sometimes wonder what it’d be like to be a teacher, and then I read Sh*t My Students Write. Say I’m snuggling with my kitty while trying to blog. Well, so are many famous authors. When I’m in the mood for just a small dose of Dostoevsky, there he is. Lots of living authors have Tumblrs too, like Rainbow Rowell, John Green, and Neil Gaiman.
My Tumblr has another pretty epic feature. If you’re reading along with the Literary Wives series but you don’t have a blog—or if you do have a blog and you just want to do this anyway—you can submit a review of your own and I can post it on my Tumblr! It doesn’t even have to be a full-length review; it could be a quote, a video, a pretty picture, or one sentence—however you’d like to comment on the book and participate in the conversation. Cool, right? Right.
So basically Tumblr is awesome and we should all Tumbl together.