Time to reflect on the whoa-that-went-quick-AGAIN term that has been. I’ve really enjoyed using Tumblr as a medium to submit work – and shall continue to use it – and most likely be setting up a new page encapsulating all the knowledge I’ve learned about synthesizing all facets of the web into one. The basic knowledge of HTML I’ve been introduced to has really shown me how Tumblr is by far the best social-networking medium in the way of individualism – which really seems to be the key factor in such a virtual environment.
Regarding my blog’s content – I enjoyed being able to choose many forms of media to roll into a topic (ie. Links, pictures, videos) and I tried to make a conscious effort to write up most of my posts to have more of an opinion-based blog rather than just a gallery. Having chosen an elaborate topic, I felt as though I strayed a little bit from that topic alone – and somewhat included facets which were half relevant. For example I chose video game music, so I posted a few things that related to either just video games OR just music, but I felt my blog kept its overall integrity and appeal. Although, I think doing this helped my blog span across a larger audience base in the world of network media, as I attracted followers of both musical origins as well as hardcore video game fans. A good example is one LA-native follower who found me through what I’m guessing were my tags which related to music artists, and he turned out to be into some really really cool shit that I also froth on. Even though he didn’t seem like a hardcore video game fan, he was into the music side of things, so I suppose that contributed to my traffic and circulation as well as overall appeal to an audience somewhat.
Not just the music kids, but a lot of my followers were fellow students with video game-related blogs. Some of my classmates turned out to be more learned gamers than myself, with a lot of really interesting tastes and points of discussion that I didn’t think were existent at UC. I also chose to follow a few students whose blogs I just thought were interesting and creative – and although weren’t like mine, were able to help me gain a better understanding of how a ‘blogosphere’ can be one giant continuous chain of various tastes and foundations.
If I was able to start over with all the knowledge I’d gained, I’d definitely choose a different theme, as I liked the layout of mine in the beginning but it didn’t cater too-well to having a lot of content on the page. I’d like to be able to pack everything into every space rather than have it listed top to bottom – just a thought which has come up upon reflection.
In regards to my traffic, I didn’t have the most views (as you’ll see below) Although a couple of my posts were really popular both in the virtual environment of my topic as well as everywhere else. One of my first posts, which was just a basic picture of the Nintendo character ‘Shyguy’ sparked heaps of comments and was reblogged by some forty or fifty people, both from UC as well as around the world. It gave me a great understanding of how the right environment can stem a strong response and recognition from wherever it’s seen.
Not the most traffic, but some visits are better than none right?