(Gratuitous Picture Of You Looking Happier Than You Have Ever Looked In Your Friggin’ Life All Because Of A Corn Dog. A Corn Dog! Isn’t That Kind Of Sad? Wednesday)
Seriously. I think this is the only picture taken of me in that last five years that shows me truly, unironically happy. Dear followers, if you allow photo replies and you ever get this as a reply to one of your posts it means that you have made me very happy.
Or I wish you were happy and I’m sending love your way.
Or I want a corn dog.
GPOYWAOCPOTYAWASRHIAEMOWW (Gratuitous Picture Of You With An Obscure Character Pointing Out That You Are Wearing A Shirt Referencing Him In An Even More Obscure Way Wednesday)
(Gratuitous Picture Of You As A Kid With…Oh I Don’t Even Fucking Know Where To Start Wednesday)
I can add nothing of value to this image…other than to share…there’s another one that adds to the OMG nature of it.
And the “another one” would be from the candid shots taken later at home…
When I first came on to tumblr I was very hesitant to post pictures of myself. For one thing, I didn’t feel like it adhered to my commitment that “everything I posted had to be posted with an audience in mind.” I didn’t want WTJG to become a vanity blog or a glorified diary so I hesitated to post selfies (and no, they weren’t even called that back then!).
And additionally, like the girls in my high school, I didn’t much care for my face.
I think the first GPOY (Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself) that I saw was posted over at The Daily What tumblr (which I don’t think is even still active). And it wasn’t long after that when I noticed tumblr peeps starting to post pics weekly on GPOYW (Gratuitous Picture Of Yourself Wednesday). And as a few people started to have fun and be creative with their pics I began to consider that I might be able to find ways to do the same.
So I posted a picture of myself and it got more notes than any piece of original content I had ever written or posted.
At first this was thoroughly depressing, but I soon came to realize that one of the things that made tumblr different from other blogging platforms was its how it fostered personal connections. You really did start to build relationships with your followers and the people you followed, and while you might not reblog everything they created, not clicking “like” when their picture scrolled by on your dash felt like avoiding eye contact with a friend when you pass them at the mall. It was just rude.
So I started posting pictures on Wednesdays. And I continue to do so to this day even when everyone else seems to have long abandoned it in favor of TBTs and whatnot. And I will continue to so forever, Jess! (machinegunmiddlefingers)!
So today, as part of my celebration of five years on tumblr, I will repost some of my favorite and/or more embarrassing GPOYs from the last five years to
get a bunch of cheap “likes” connect on a deeper level with some of my newer followers!
It’s Ag’s ULTIMATE GPOYW!!!!