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John Scalzi had a great reply:
For the people who want to be able to write longer posts, keep a permanent self-branded outpost, and (importantly) have much more substantial control of their online persona, blogs have no real substitute. I recommend them for writers and other creative folks precisely because they’re your own space… I don’t see myself ever not doing Whatever, because at the end of the day I want to control my own space online and say what I want to be able to say, unencumbered by character limits or SEO-driven advertisements in the sidebars or any other sort of distraction.
Here’s what I wrote about blogs and personal websites in my next book, Show Your Work!:
Related: “Own your turf”
I would be delighted. Here is a by-no-means-complete list of Tumblrs I enjoy that are regularly updated and function the way you describe (I’ve left out great Tumblrs like SlaughterHouse 90210, Fresh Air, and The Paris Review, etc.):
More of What I Like - by my-brother-from-another-mother Mark Larson
more than 95 theses - Alan Jacobs’ commonplace book.
The Near-Sighted Monkey - Lynda Barry’s tumblr that she keeps for the course she teaches.
Blake Gopnik - Every day Blake posts a piece of art and writes about it.
New Speedway Boogie - Andy Weissman posts music he likes and what he likes about it
I want to also add: what you’re describing is what I’d call Old School Blogging, much of which happens OUTSIDE of the little Tumblr kingdom. Check out:
Again, this is an incomplete list, but it’ll get you started.
Piece by Ted Hope aimed at filmmakers, but true for all artists, especially authors:
If you make films, it is your responsibility to help others discover what is good to watch. If you love films — or a particular type of film — it is your responsibility to help others learn to appreciate those films too. ”Discovery” is not something you can expect others to EVER do unless you yourself embrace the practice first. ”Spreading the word” is part of a filmmaker’s job description, albeit sincerely & authentically.
Independent filmmaking must be a community activity if it is to survive. You can’t leave good films alone. You have to make it your battle to get those movies seen.
Blogging is a great way to contribute:
I launched this blog and maintain it in hopes that a process of sharing, of collective thinking, transparent effort and experimentation may bring us back to a sustainable enterprise. Through it I have been able to meet many new filmmakers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and just generally interesting people. They have helped elevate my work, and I am excited when I can also help them. I like to think that this community effort somehow pushes our rock a bit more up the hill. Filmmaking though is only part of the equation. Film consumption is equally important. Are we helping the good movies get discovered and appreciated?
For as long as I have wanted to be a writer – and that’s about 40 long years – there was never any part of that dream that included obsessively checking a page of statistics and judging my self worth by the numbers within. I always wrote for the sheer pleasure of it, from putting that first word down to finishing the final edit, writing has always been a labor of love. Recently, it had become just a labor.
So here I am back at my old domain, the one where I started writing publicly (ok, blogging) in 2001, the one where I started telling my stories to the world. I’m taking the majority of my writing away from tumblr, away from the hearts and reblogs, away from the instant validation. I don’t want to labor anymore. I want to love what I write. I want to love why I write.
There are no stats programs here. There is no like button. I will have no idea how many people will read each post. But I will write and I will learn to love to write again.
I was chatting with Michele on Twitter, and she said, “For the first couple of years I blogged I had no idea how many readers I had. And I was better off for it.” It reminded me of Greil Marcus, talking about the early days of Rolling Stone, when they said, “My God, people are actually paying attention to this. Let’s pretend they aren’t.”