Hah! Others seem to be doing the same. It’s going backwards now. The hipsters think I’m getting too mainstream. Maybe this will help.
Or maybe people think I’m bragging. I’m not. I’m fucking grateful. Grateful that people have stuck by me. That they still seem to like what I do.
People always ask me “how many followers do you have?” I see some other tumblrs being all mysterious about it. I don’t know if I’m suppose to be humble and keep the number a secret. I used to do that because I saw others doing it. I would find clever ways to wiggle out of the question.
But I’ve worked hard for my followers. Every ounce of energy I have is poured into this blog. I’m proud of what I’ve done and I don’t feel like I have to hide it.
This has been a hard year for me. It’s also been fabulous and exciting and heartbreaking and just about everything good and bad a year could be. Love lost. Surgeries, hospitals, infections. Lions, tigers, bears. I met some wonderful people. I struggled through many days. I started a journey towards better health that I hope to finish in the coming year. I became addicted to corgis and I won the internet over by poking myself in the eye with sunglasses. I lay here in my bed listening to music waiting for an 11 to change into a 12. New years, new challenges, many hopes. All I know for sure is that whatever is to come, I can’t do it without you.
It’s hard to say this without sounding like a huge ego tripping braggerpuss. But my audience has gotten much larger in a very short period of time. Aspects of it are overwhelming. I’ve been getting 3-400 messages per day now. Which is a huge increase from even last week. I love my messages. I love them so very much. 99% of the time people say the absolute most amazing things to me. When I’m feeling down I just go to my messages and soon things aren’t so bad.
But statistics are statistics. The more messages I get, the larger that 1% of trolls get. It’s impossible to be liked by everyone and because of the nature of the internet, people are going to let me know when they don’t like me. I’M OKAY WITH THAT. There are very rare moments when a critical anon actually effects my mood and with one exception, I never post those. They get blocked and deleted.
But here is the thing. I like the back and forth. I like roasting trolls. I enjoy using my creativity and wit to make them look silly. But some people don’t like the negativity showing up on what is otherwise a positive blog. On the other hand… some people enjoy my roastings quite a bit. As far as I can tell, the like/dislike ratio hovers at around 50%.
The best solution I have come up with is to space them out more. Perhaps I’ll just respond to one troll every other day. I think that will be the rule of thumb for now and we’ll see how it works.
Also I just took Lunesta and I have no idea if I wrote something coherent at this point. I usually proofread things like this, but my eyelids are getting really heavy.
I’ve been sitting here for the last few hours trying to decide what exactly I want to say. I love tumblr. It has changed my life and I couldn’t be more thankful to those who created it and those who maintain it.
But today I am disappointed. Hypocrisy was afoot and I didn’t like it. Tumblr has been very adamant in their objection to SOPA legislation. The entire reason that this censorship act has a chance of passing is because lobbyists and congressmen used fear mongering and scare tactics. They warned those with little knowledge and a great deal of power that terrible things could happen if the internet is allowed to continue as it is. They put forth worst case scenarios and hypothetical situations that have little to no basis in reality in order to achieve their agenda.
YOU COULD LOSE DATA. I have not once lost data due to Missing e. Is there any evidence of this that can be provided? What kind of data was lost? A post or two? I’ve lost a queue full of 40 items before Missing e was even created.
YOU COULD LOSE PRIVACY. Every bit of the Missing e source code is published. You are free to analyze every single line of it. It does not request any of your private information.
PERFORMANCE DEGRADATION. I’m willing to bet that any data showing a loss in performance would be measured in seconds and maybe even milliseconds. However, the time I save using the productivity features included with Missing e would more than make up for any performance loss it may or may not cause.
SUPPORT. I agree this issue is a legitimate concern for tumblr. Inexperienced users who cannot tell when their issue is tumblr related or Missing e related, probably write into tumblr support asking for help. I do not think tumblr should have to take on the burden of sorting through these types of support questions. However, I do think that there is a better solution than scaring tumblr users into not using Missing e. I’m also willing to bet that their support team got many, many angry emails about this popup that appeared on our screens. If their objective was to get less Missing e related messages, I have a feeling it seriously backfired.
I have no desire to be at odds with the tumblr staff. But I also want to be supportive of my friend Jeremy. His only intention was to make our tumblr experience better and I think he has done an admirable job.
I’m willing to bet that a few hundred thousand people agreed to give up their support privileges. I am one of those people. I don’t think it was fair to ask that of me. I feel if tumblr had spent their time finding a way to work with the existence of Missing e instead of trying to destroy it, they would have solved any legitimate issues it has caused them.
I’ll end with this. If you go to the blogging section of the Chrome Webstore, Missing e is prominently featured above the fold.
It is not just one of the most popular tumblr extensions. It is one of the most popular extensions out of ALL extensions.
Currently showing 258,408 users, it is reviewed with 5 solid stars.
Nothing that impressive.. if you have a camera and you find a nice location, anybody could take a picture like that.
I try really hard not to be rude in my responses… but that is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.
Photography requires technical expertise as well as an artistic vision. Composition, exposure, depth of field, focal length… these all have to be considered, sometimes in a split second, in order to get the shot. Anyone can press a button, but it takes true skill to turn that button press into a work of art. Karly consistently takes some of the best pictures I’ve ever seen and she is only 18 years of age. I can’t imagine what amazing things she will capture in the future.