I’ve been a Tumblr user since summer of 2009. I joined because I wanted a simple, aesthetically pleasing format to utilize to document my experiences as a City Year corps member serving in San Jose/Silicon Valley. In the years since I started using Tumblr, it has seriously blown up.
What once was a medium to parooze tattoo designs and cute pictures of corgis is now a major part of communication plans for major organizations. And you don’t have to be a big name to have an impact. Just today there was an article on Mashable talking about how the photo blog Humans of New York managed to raise $85,000 for Sandy relief in less than 24 hours. Pretty incredible.
In the past few months, the City Year Tumblr followership has grown drastically. We only had a few hundred followers about three months ago and now we are nearing 5,000. I used to rarely post on that – but now that we have such a big following, I’m posting on Tumblr at least 2x per day.
But what has really gotten me interested in Tumblr as of late is my friend Evan, whose Tumblr Becoming Bionic is chronicling his journey as a cancer survivor and his new life as an amputee.
Admittedly, his blog is not for the faint of heart. It’s raw, it’s emotional, and at times – graphic. But it has been truly inspiring for me to be able to take a look inside of his life and I know that he has been able to connect with people who are sharing his experiences as well.
Decided to do a little Q&A with him to talk about why he chose Tumblr and what his experience has been like using the platform:
Q: So, why Tumblr?