Couple of months ago, I assisted Clang in building his Tumblr page. Couple of weeks ago, Clang built, literally, David Karp’s Tumblr page on the streets of NYC with the people at New York Times Magazine. As a leisure blogging connoisseur at young age, I’ve been blogging before blogging was even a word. That might be an overstatement but let’s just say I’ve had my fair share of the digital revolution.
At the tender age of 8, my mother introduced me to internet forums (known as BBS) and chat rooms. This was during (the verge of) pre-internet predators era, so she let me roam free but still under a pseudonym to protect my little, wee, gentil, identity: email@example.com. The letters H and Z were added because the my orignal choice was already taken.
After I got over the whole talking to strangers thing, I started to build my own webpages by putting pictures of all of my favorite things on one page, with some links that takes you to other pages with more of my favorite things on it. It was something that looked like any of Cory Arcangel’s The Year In The Internet or whatever this would generate. Soon enough, Geocities and Angelfire were blocked by the Great Firewall of China, so I had to migrate to ExPages. This led to a period of time where I, like many other tweens using the internet, was obsessed with avatars, GIFs and glitter graphics… or more so, “Dollz”. See The Doll Palace for examples of dollz. My favorite was the ‘N SYNC and Backstreet Boys dollz. Still can’t decide between the two. Anyway — thanks to Tumblr, its massive population of users born in the leighties and early nineties, and blogs like fuck yeah 1990’s, gifparty, none of these memories are to be forgotten.
During adolescence, it’s always way better to express your emotions with written words rather than gothic gifs… which is why we migrated to the melodrama mecca known as LiveJournal. These posts generally range from one paragraph to thirty-nine paragraphs about how much our life sucks and the things we would do if it doesn’t stop sucking.
For those whose lives have gotten better, moved on to Xanga, for those who weren’t ready to move on, remained at LiveJournal. From 2002 to 2005, I was running back and forth between my personal website and Xanga. After a few years of hustling for eProps and comments, I decided to dabble in Blogger (formerly known as BlogSpot) by creating a blog titled Words of Opposed Meanings, intended to share thoughts and inspirations from my constantly self-contradicting mind. As you can see, due to the authenticity of my self-contradiction, there are still no posts as of today. (But hey… stay tuned, you never know!)
I remained blog-less for a while to now, a proud owner/contributor of two personal blogs, our cat’s blog, and theCollectiveShift blog which you are reading right now. All of them are powered by Tumblr. That was not message from the sponsor in any way, it’s true.
(See below for NYT Mag David Karp/Tumblr article shot by Clang.)
The New York Times Magazine - July 15, 2012 Issue
PEACE, LOVE AND TUMBLR/ David Karp
Photographs by Clang, P. 22
Behind the scenes: http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/we-built-a-tumblr-page-irl/