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"so hold on, hold on for your life"

Quiet week post-wise because country slipping (hurtling joyfully, truth be told) into fascism. Always awkward when that happens. Shitposting on my new Tumblr created for the purpose of alternately venting and cheering myself up will continue until morale improves. And we made major headway with the application this week, which has kept us sane.

Meanwhile, I started the annual push to keep The October Country running smoothly for the duration of autumn and particularly October, and as usual Now Winter Comes Slowly is quietly ramping up as well. I'm always fascinated by trying to get under the skin of what works and what doesn't on there - sometimes you can feel like you have your finger on its pulse, other times, it's a mystery why something does or does not appeal.

It's getting me into the Hallowe'en mood, anyway, as is the fact that in the last couple of days I've actually been able to smell that it's autumn, which is no small thing when you're nearly always congested...

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peachpai
Oct. 8th, 2016 01:54 pm (UTC)
That might be the most terrifying headline I've read lately, and I've been primarily reading headlines about Trump. Time to think about moving out to sea?

I added your new tumblr - I hope you don't mind, but I can always use more shitposting in my life.

cloudsinvenice
Oct. 8th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, not much to choose between our countries for scary headlines lately. :|

I definitely don't mind! Added both your blogs too. :) Everything gets liked or replied to through the admin account (tealightcandles1794) because heartisamusclethesizeofyourfist is just a sideblog, but it can still reblog stuff. I'm hoping that'll stop me falling all the way into Tumblr!
peachpai
Oct. 9th, 2016 08:19 pm (UTC)
Got it! That seems like a reasonable way to try to limit tumblr involvement.
davesmusictank
Oct. 9th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
I just hope Trump does not win.
cloudsinvenice
Oct. 10th, 2016 04:03 pm (UTC)
Watched the debate earlier and I'm hoping he's on the way down, but yeah... I'm wary of getting over-confident about that.
ladybows_fs
Nov. 6th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
This is probably too definitive a statement, but I think the single key to success, at least among the fandoms I've participated in, has been gif making. Having quality copies of sought after material, a good program, and an eye for color and composition. As far as I can see, it's the reason some of the silly girls in the SS fandom have risen into their current BNF circle-jerk.

I really do respect good gif making and know the work that goes into it, but at the same time, I mention this "key to success" to you with a bit of contempt since it means when majority of people come to tumblr they're really just turning their brains off and looking for pretty pictures... They can be roped into interesting text posts, and sometimes they're curious enough to play audios and videos, but for the most part if a picture isn't already moving for them and can't play itself in a matter of seconds, it's too much work.

In short: consistently post pretty moving pictures and they will come.
cloudsinvenice
Nov. 6th, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't surprise me if gifs were a strong factor in Tumblr success - the right gif at the right moment is absolutely priceless. I've never got into gif making (apart from when I used to do tiny animated pixel art and blinkies when I was young and pre web 2.0); it never managed to breach my increasingly low can't-be-arsed threshold, but I do know there's a lot of politics around gifsets on Tumblr - people saving and reposting them is apparently a big problem (the makers would rather you reblogged from them; it seems to be the 'not tagging icons with the maker's name' of Tumblr)...

I've noticed that people like long multi-image posts when the individual images are of high enough appeal (and of course quality; I hate it when there's a watermark - one slipped through in one of my posts recently - or if something's JUST too low-res), and I suspect that part of the reason they're more likely to get reblogged or even liked is that people spend a lot of time boredly scanning Tumblr, and a single image by default has less opportunity to jump out at them than an unbroken column. Yet it's also true that there's a limit to most people's tolerance for long posts, so I try not to run, say, three massive ones in a row...
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