Dove Real Beauty Sketches Campaign

Dove’s newest campaign on what “real beauty” means was recently unveiled, and with over 9 million views, you’d think it was a success. I’ll admit, when I watched the video for the first time I got a little emotional. However, after re-watching the commercial, although intended to be revolutionary, wasn’t really different at all. I found the following response to the campaign on Tumblr. It is spot on. Read here.

Tumblr Tuesday!

Hello fellow bloggers!

I’ve been meaning to share some of my favorite Tumblr accounts for a while now, but I kept getting side-tracked! For those of you who don’t know what Tumblr is, it’s another blogging platform (like WordPress), however, it’s much more streamlined and mostly images are circulated. Of course, there are options to post links, quotes, audio, and video.

What I like most about Tumblr is that there is so much variety. What I mean is, you log on and never know what your dashboard (similar to the WordPress “feed”) will look like. With Pinterest, there is a lot of repetition and being on the site gets boring after awhile. On WordPress, you really have to know who to follow to make the most of your experience. But, on Tumblr, I’ve uncovered so many unique blogs just by clicking around. There is literally a blog for everything. Obsessed with One Direction? Lover of Pizza? Or maybe you want to see cats with lots of money? Tumblr has it all.

With that being said, here is a list of my all-time favorite Tumblr pages (in no particular order):

  1. MONSTAFEVA– Artist Fefe Talavera’s tumblr account is just as insane as her paintings. 
  2. Think Different– Just a truly awesome collection of images, and even better music.
  3. Dior– Dior’s official Tumblr account, need I say more?
  4. Bohemea– Fashion & Film stills. In one word: Chic.
  5. Vintage Gal-Everything from classic movie GIFs to retro pin-up goddesses, this is the perfect vintage blog.
  6. Through Opened Eyes– What I’d imagine an acid trip to be like—an endless supply of really weird images, I love it.
  7. Explore– I’ve learned so much by following this blog—great quotes, articles, and videos.
  8. Beautiful Swear Words– NSFW; Being vulgar has never been so vogue.
  9. rADVENTURES– A collaborative effort by a group of friends sharing their rad adventures (get it? rADVENTURES..)
  10. Black and White– Only black and white photos, beautiful.

Ok, I think 10 is a good place to stop. If you have a tumblr, leave a comment with your URL! I’d love to check your page out! Also, if you have any suggestions of other blogs I should follow, comment and let me know!

Letters to Newtown

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A project by Ross MacDonald and Mother Jones, the Letters to Newtown Tumblr page is showcasing the heartfelt messages that have been sent in by millions of people expressing their condolences. Pray for Newtown.

Blogging from Space!

This blog has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen on the internet in awhile. Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, is currently living in space as a flight engineer. He captures images of the Earth and is sharing them online. How neat!

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The picture above, of New York City at night, is just one of many amazing images you can find on his page.

Tumblr vs. Pinterest

Sitting in front of my computer for the last half-hour got me thinking about Tumblr and Pinterest. I have accounts on both, and I was trying to decide which one I like better (productive, right?) Anyways, it made me wonder why I go to one over the other on the day-to-day and what draws me to each one.

Let’s start with Pinterest:

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The main draw for me is the fact that Pinterest is a lot more organized than Tumblr, when I search on Pinterest I usually have a goal—I’m hungry and looking for a recipe, I need a quick idea for a DIY gift, or I want to fit in a quick workout routine. I like that you can “pin” and “re-pin” things that speak to you and if you like someone else’s style you can choose to follow that user’s entire profile or just one specific pin board.

What I don’t like is that a lot of the same images are circulated on Pinterest. I can only browse for so long, because after awhile the content just repeats itself.

Whereas on Tumblr, I can get lost for hours.

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Why? Personally, I think there is a lot more variety on Tumblr, and you never know what you’ll stumble upon. It’s a simple dashboard that isn’t organized by any particular theme, but it’s easy to explore. The layout is so streamlined it’s hard to stop scrolling. I also think that people are more apt to post content that is really personal because it is a little more anonymous than Pinterest.

When you sign up for Pinterest, you use your real name whether you connect it to your Facebook and Twitter or not. On Tumblr, however, you have the option to create a persona, or a sort of anonymous blog, and you truly have the freedom to share what you want.

I think that Pinterest is a great marketing tool because it is easy to find a company or brand and see their style boards or products. But, the intent of pinterest, in my opinion, is to sell or market. Whereas on Tumblr, people are just trying to share their thoughts or work without the pressure of getting you to buy anything.

What do you think about these sites? What do you like/dislike about them? Comment!