5 years of GPOYs!
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!!!!
All I want is to be able to do anything and everything I want and to say anything and everything I want and never suffer any consequences or inconveniences of any kind. Oh. And I want to dehumanize anyone who disagrees with me on any topic. Is that too much to ask?
Everyone on the internet
Many people think so, letthecirclebewide
I accepted the risks when I decided to put my stuff on the internet. I decided the potential exposure was worth it. Not to become famous or rich…just to reach an audience. I like creating for an audience and I have always hoped that people who saw something they liked that was made by me would want to see if I created other stuff they might like. That’s how I use tumblr. If I see something I like I always check out the source tumblr.
But from the beginning I noticed an aversion to giving credit to any creators on tumblr. Everything is “crowd sourced”…even when it’s not. So if someone signs something they cut off the signature, etc…
It is what it is, but it still infuriates me.
Gotta love tumblr
One of Ducky’s posts got reblogged and is getting reblogged from that location fairly often now.
But the person who reblogged it first decided to cut off the last two lines. The ones where we say “I love you,” to each other. So no one’s seeing that. Or the blurb that was attached that said it’s best of Ducky week so if they liked this post they might like to check it out.
I’ve been providing free content for five years just in hopes that I would grow an audience that might feel a little happiness from my work. But every time anything gets any traction someone decides to remove credit or make some stupid edit.
Tired of this. Totally tired of it.
There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get from those followers who always click “like” on almost all of the things you reblog but never on your original posts.
It’s a nice little reminder that you have excellent taste but no talent.
Oh yeah, strengthandlace That’s the whole deal!
I barely have any IRL friends on tumblr. And I use tumblr primarily to expose myself to thoughts, ideas, images, and news I wouldn’t usually encounter. So I’m constantly looking at pages of people I don’t know or letting a tag take me down a rabbit trail…
And then I realize I’ve clicked “like” on everything a depressed twelve year old who likes the avengers and One Direction has posted this year.
That awkward moment when you start scrolling through someone’s posts and then forget that you’re on their page, not on your dashboard.
And then you realize that you have clicked “like” on 278 things they’ve posted over the last seven months.
If that “Ass Asians” picture doesn’t start getting reblogged I officially give up on trying to figure out what the hell the internet wants from me!
Gotta love people who remove credit and reblog someone else’s original content as their own.
Because apparently on the internet, not only should everything be free but no one should ever get credit for anything they create either.
I’d sign this, but what’s the point?