Yes, let us not pretend, at least me, anyway, that mos of us took with little faith this new “partnership” between the giant corporation and the cool kid on the block. But one thing that astonishes me is the texts that have crossed my eyes today.
People migrating their tumblrs to a wordpress account, going back to their blogger days. Citing that they want to get away from likes and reblogs, they aren’t in the writing business for the ego stroking.
They don’t want to be controlled by the popularity that they gain, or lack thereof. And I ask myself: Seriously? You need to change your blogging platform because of the “atention” that you might acquire with your texts? Because you don’t want the reblogs, the likes and the replies to affect your writing process and you as a person and as a writer?
I say this is bullshit. Yes, the interaction between audience and the person behind the tumblr account can be much easier with tumblr than with your average blog plataform, but if the “ego-stroking” is not your thing, you won’t be phased by it. I bet that Neil Gaiman must have a dozen -probably much more than a dozen- a day, not to mention that he’s fairly active on the comunity, I don’t see him turning into a asshole because of all the attention that he gets.
Even when it knocks on your door. The only person that I write to is to myself. The only person that I need to please in my tumblr is me. Obviously, when you see that someone recognized themselves in one of your postings is a nice feeling, after all, we are programmed to be accepted by others, considering our social hierarchy as mammals we need to feel connected whiting our society to feel safe. But doing the whole “oh, I prefer so much more the old ways, without the reblogs and the likes, I don’t want that to get in the way of my writing” just sounds like hipster doofus shit to my ears.