So I just clicked out of my tumblr dashboard and looked at my actual TUMBLR (as in stamos.tumblr.com) for the first time in a while. some thoughts I am having:
- I totally forgot to mention that that not too long ago when I was probably supposd to be procrastinating but was fucking around on a photo app on my iphone instead i made a new graphic for this tumblr that incorporates the title from my original blog
- Have you guys looked at your own tumblr, like, outside of your dash? Is everyone’s as insane? Mine looks like this weird freak portal inside my brain that couldn’t possibly make any sense to anyone but me and i barely understand what it is I am posting and why.
- Are there some people who visit this website who don’t have tumblr? And like, is this how you see it every time you visit this website?
- Man it is a GOOD THING tumblr and blogs and all this stuff didn’t exist when I was growing up and in high school. Kids today are so fucked.
by the way it’s fun getting questions, we should do that with each other more.
So it’s nice having a job but it’s somewhat frustrating because I no longer have time to work on my own writing — which is why I’m procrastinating on tumblr at 8pm on a Saturday night when the majority of my friends are drunkenly traveling to Christmas parties all over LA. I’ve been in this coffee shop since 5 and I’ve gotten a few things done, I guess. Not enough. It’s never enough when you’re writing.
I can’t decide if I’m more productive in a coffee shop or in the cave that is my room. Starting to think… maybe nowhere. Maybe I’m destined to procrastinate with any available method. Are there people who DON’T procrastinate? Who are you? How do you do it? Teach me your ways!
Anyway, the best part about having a writing job again is the access to free food. I didn’t realize how much I missed that from The Finder, but being back in a writers room with access to all the nosh I could possibly want, from catered dinners, to individual meals from delicious LA restaurants, to a full kitchen stacked with groceries — it is the greatest. Besides writing, it’s my favorite perk of this profession.
Speaking of the new job — did anyone watch the show this week? I hope so. If not, check it out here — I hope you enjoy it! It’s been fun writing, not only because the hosts were actually saying things I had written, but also because I’ve been able to incorporate my personal experience of previously working on a show and for a studio, and of course all that I know about the television fandom at large. For example, I know a lot about tumblr’s TV fanbase so I’ve tried to cater to you guys especially (for example, see the “Tiva” mention on Thursday’s show featuring a small clip of NCIS).
Writing about TV shows is much easier than writing TV shows. And on that note, I’m back to work — the goal is to finish the vomit draft of my new pilot by the end of the night. At the rate I’m going, it’s a good thing this coffee shop is open 24 hours.
Also my new pilot is called JAW WIRED SHUT — it’s loosely based on my experience with braces in my mid-twenties. I pitched a different version of it (that took place in college) to MTV in October and they passed, so now I’m writing it as my sample for staffing season.
It’s fun. Having that surgery and the braces was horrible but it really does make for a good story. And after all, they always say to write what you know.
I’m home alone in Maine recovering from Wedding Number One which has left me exhausted with a sore throat, wanting to do nothing but watch Cheers from the beginning on Netflix streaming, but instead I am pushing through, trying to write and work and prepare for a meeting in New York next week before I come back to LA, after Wedding Number Two this weekend.
My family went back to New York and LA this afternoon (including the newlyweds, my brother and his wife HIS WIFE!). It’s really great being home alone here except two summers ago I had a major visit from three ghosts in my room in the middle of the night and even though I’m into ghosts I could do without a visit when I’m home alone. We’ll see. I’m going to take some NyQuil so let’s just assume everything after 11:30pm EST is a hallucination, just to be safe.
I finally caved and put some stickers on my computer. Three butterflies that I got at the Maine Audubon the day before the wedding.
Hey did you know about this Tumblr queue thing? It’s great! It makes it look like I’m always blogging and churning up stuff on a regular basis when I am so totally not. Fooled you guys.
How, then, to encourage feedback while discouraging drive-by hecklers who make you never want to post again? First, Karp notes, you can comment on someone else’s post, by reblogging it and adding your reaction. But that reaction appears on your Tumblr, not the one you’re commenting on. “So if you’re going to be a jerk, you’re looking like a jerk in your own space, and my space is still pristine,” Karp explains. This makes for a thoughtful network and encourages expression and, ultimately, creativity. “That’s how you can design to make a community more positive.”
Another example: when users wanted a private message system, Tumblr’s answer involved clicking on the words “Send Fan Mail” — a prompt to encourage positivity. “We don’t want to allow you to have your feelings hurt on Tumblr,” Zack Sultan, a Tumblr designer, says
Tumblr is awesome, but we all knew that already, didn’t we?