Tumblr is likely one of the most chaotic, meme-filled, and absolutely mad social media platforms to ever grace the 21st century. Far from a more mainstream website like Facebook, Instagram, and even Twitter, Tumblr has often been excluded from the public eye when it comes to discussions and even social marketing services in Malaysia (if you want to find out more social marketing services in Malaysia, click here to learn more on social marketing services Malaysia) – and sometimes, that’s for good reason. With its history of zanier content, surrealistic humor, and often toxic ship wars, Tumblr is a cesspool of chaotic energy that has often been described as a ‘hellsite’ – especially by its regular bloggers.
So when it comes to social media histories, Tumblr likely has one of the weirdest ones yet. Ask any Tumblr blogger who has had the misfortune of staying on Tumblr for almost a decade, and they’d probably just stare at you with all the solemnity of a war-weary soldier who has seen just too much. But for those who are a little bit new to the Tumblr scene, or have never had war-flashbacks when someone mentions the term superwholock, here’s a brief introduction to 3 classic Tumblr events that any old Tumblr blogger would remember (and often wish they could forget).
Dashcon is probably one of Tumblr’s most (in)famous events yet – likely because it actually had the (mis)fortune of entering public discussion.
For those unfamiliar, Dashcon was a 2014 ‘Tumblr convention’ that was geared primarily towards Tumblr bloggers and the (then) Tumblr scene specifically. Conducted in Illinois on July 11, the convention was supposed to be an enormous convention brimming with Tumblr bloggers; all hosting exciting activities and stalls that focused on their respective fandoms. Unfortunately, everything very quickly started to fall apart due to very poor management decisions on the organizer’s parts – with the hotel asking for payment (leading to convention-goers needing to make abrupt donations under the possibility of being kicked out), certain panels being cancelled, and celebrity guests dropping out of the event due to lack of payment.
But nothing really illustrates just how awfully Dashcon fell apart as much as the infamous Dashcon ballpit; a ‘ballpit’ (which was literally just a fill-up plastic pool with a few plastic balls in it) that organizers offered to give an ‘extra hour in’ as compensation for certain canceled panels. This was such a hilarious compensation (since the ballpit was originally free in the first place for anyone who wanted to go in it, which practically no one did-) that the ‘Dashcon ballpit’ became a meme shortly after – and an icon for the disastrous convention from which it originated.
2. Tumblr Prom
Thankfully, unlike the aforementioned disasters of Dashcon, ‘Tumblr Prom’ wasn’t actually a physical ‘prom’ – rather, it was a virtual, make-believe one that Tumblr bloggers just decided to roll with collectively. The gist went like this – a Tumblr user would ask another user whether they wanted to go to ‘Tumblr prom’ with them (kind of like a promposal – just…less real). If said Tumblr user agreed, then they’d each take a picture of themselves in their ‘prom outfits’ and post it on their respective blogs, perhaps tagging the other as well. And with that – well, it was considered that they’d ‘gone to prom’ with each other. If you are interested in free gambling online, click here.
It may sound pretty cringey now, but the culture on Tumblr was pretty different back then. And unlike Dashcon, no one was actually financially hurt or inconvenienced by it – so why not let some bloggers have some fun?
3. ‘Fandom Blogs v. Hipster Blogs’
Around the 2012-2014 Tumblr period, it was a common belief that the site was mostly occupied by two very different types of people – the ‘fandoms’, and the ‘hipsters’.
To illustrate: people from fandoms operated ‘fanblogs’ of certain media they were fans of at the time (common examples of Tumblr-famous content included shows like Sherlock, Doctor Who, and Supernatural to name a few-), while ‘hipsters’ operated blogs that mostly featured aesthetic pictures and mood boards (think Instagram now, for example). Because of the dichotomy between these two blog styles, Tumblr bloggers of the period thought it would be funny to imagine the Tumblr landscape as a ‘war’ between these two factions. There wasn’t any ‘real’ animosity as far as I know – just a fun jab between two types of people on a certain social media platform. But still, it was kinda weird.