My Thoughts On … Tumblr and We Heart It

I am still not sure that I understand the whole concept of “photo blogging” sites like Tumblr and We Heart It. From what I have seen of these sites it seems that all users do is re-share images taken or made by someone else (or lyrics or sayings too…). I don’t understand how these sites can be called blogs when all you are doing is liking an image that you have not taken and then “blogging” it.

Now two things strike me about all this, 1 being that you are not really blogging anything. To me the idea of a blog is that it is like writing a journal, whether it is themed (like mine is) to a topic (photography and art) or it is just a place to vent your thoughts and feelings on the day you have had, whatever, the “blog” and writing/ideas are yours.

This brings me onto my second ‘thing’ about these sites, what you are sharing is not yours. I have no real idea of how I would feel if images I had taken began circulating on these kind of sites but I imagine that a big part of me would be horrified, I would like to be asked permission for my images to be shared but it seems that these sites promote sharing regardless of whether permission to share has been granted or not. And once one person shares one of your images, then another person does, then another and another and so it gets published and viewed by so many people and you have no control over that. I have been watching Tumblr especially as I have an account (it really doesn’t have anything on there…), it seems that you can become “Tumblr famous” for the things you share and the followers you get. People can get famous from sharing work that isn’t theirs…that’s just crazy! For someone who feels a bit nervous about sharing work at the best of times I’m not totally crazy about it all going global so quickly.

Then there is the other issue I have with it, not for myself personally, but say an up coming image maker ends up with a ton of work shared and seen on one of these sites, then holds an exhibition, would people get put off going as they had already ‘seen’ the work on the net?

I just really don’t understand “photo blogging/sharing” sites like Tumblr…

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