Indeed, I suck with this tumblr thing.
Just this morning, I was trying to make friends with a few people here in tumblr. Of course, we would very much like to make friends with awesome bloggers here. But this morning, I failed and was slapped painfully skin deep.
Usually, famous bloggers here don’t follow right away. I really get that and don’t mind at all. But how will we, small-time bloggers, get their attention if they don’t even care with our TAs and stuff. Again, I’m going back to the delicate issues of following back. It doesn’t really matter if you don’t get a follow back if you are after the posts, but if you are after the friendship and the posts, I really think following back is important, i.e., since users have been virtually passing in and out of the lines of blog and social network upon using tumblr.
Communication is a two-way process. Wilbur Schramm, for instance, proposed that communication is reciprocal and should go in a cycle. Tumblr, a modern tool for communicating experiences, comments, and any information, should somehow follow this cycle, too.
Now, I am not after the follow back. I am after the communication process.
As I was saying, there was this instance this morning when, out of my way of trying to make friends, I asked someone if he could at least check my blog, hoping he would find my life interesting. He flew into a rage. He said that I shouldn’t tell him what to do. The thing is, I don’t know if he ever checked my blog. I don’t need the follow back for a follower record. I was after the understood friendship that goes with it.
In Facebook, we accept people as friends as a confirmation that, yes, we are open for friendship, unless we are after the number-of-friends count. In tumblr, I think the follow back thing is the sign that you are not too much of a monster not to be befriended, unless we are after the number-of-followers count.
Again, I am sorry for becoming a failure once again for improper tumblr usage. I didn’t know that we are not allowed to ask others to check our blogs because they have the power to check them on their own, without us reminding or asking for it. I am so sorry, sir.
Right now, I am that person and his friends’ number one enemy (according to him they are pissed off by me). And yes I am their company’s creepy bedtime monster. Great. That’s the last thing I need if I’m trying to survive tumblr.
Okay, so who else wants me out of this site? =(