So it appears we’re in one of those booklr renaissance modes. Don’t get me wrong, I do love when these kinds of discussions
happen because that’s how I found a lot of my tumblr friends, but it all seems
so very cyclical and I’m frustrated by it.
And I feel this way largely because I have
found my crew. When people say they feel like booklr is dead, I shake my head
because I struggle to keep up with my friends and their content. If they are so alive, how can booklr be dead?
True, some of this despondent sentiment comes from bloggers who
have been here for years who very legitimately feel sad that many of their old
friends have left (I feel that too), but there are new people who are filling
those gaps. New bloggers who are creating content and chatting left and right.
Go find them. Befriend them.
today’s lesson is:
Find your crew.
Everyone is looking for something different
from this website, so finding friends will look different for everyone, but
here are my tips:
Seek out the smaller blogs. Following big
blogs won’t make you friends. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it’s simple
math. When you have that many followers it’s hard to keep up with everyone.
There are many great and wonderful people who run large blogs and by all means
follow them, but if you want friends, your best bet is the smaller blogs.
Look for blogs that start the
Look for blogs that send asks. Look for blogs that play tag games. Look for
blogs that participate in challenges (especially the 100 Days of Booklr challenge).
These are bloggers who are doing things and befriending people–and they’ll
likely want to befriend you too.
Keep track of people. If you’re bad with
names (like me), write shit down. Everyone feels good when they’re called by
name or tagged in something relevant to their interests. At one point, I kept a
spreadsheet with my mutuals and their names and what books they liked, etc.
because I knew I had a bad memory for that. You don’t have to be that
nerdy about it, but making the effort can go a long way in building
Search the booklr tag. I look through the recent booklr posts at least once a
day. If I see someone posting a question or asking for
recommendations, I do my best to respond. Sometimes I’ll just boost a post
because I know I have followers who will jump in. I find a lot of new posts,
blogs, and friends this way–and you can too!
(Tangential related) Find fresh
Maybe booklr feels dead because it feels stale, like people are all reblogging
the same posts for the hundred-thousandth time (literally). To fix that, don’t just rely on your
dash because that’s going to be a feedback loop. Look for new posts on the
booklr or other tags. A) it’s new stuff that no one has seen before and B) it’s
supporting smaller blogs who may not get seen otherwise! Win-win! Doing this
won’t necessarily build you a crew (it can help though), but I think it’s crucial to making booklr
feel alive again so that’s why I include it here.
A couple last things to remember: not
everyone you try to befriend is going to click with you and that’s ok. But I do think that we all
can find friends on here and friends are what makes booklr a community. Just
sometimes you have to be very deliberate about building that community for
yourself. And also, there’s nothing wrong with being anxious about talking to
people and wanting to just be a lurker. You can still make a difference. Stick
to the last two tips and let smaller blogs feel loved with your likes and
reblogs. Good luck!
Of sorts. Disclaimer: As a newbie crocheter, I hardly know what I’m talking about – most crocheting terms are a mystery to me, and I didn’t count my rows or anything – but if you want a vague step-by-step guide for making this Niffler, keep reading.
I’m literally one of the people accessible stalls in bathrooms are designed for and I don’t even take my time in them in case there’s another disabled person waiting for it. How do able-bodied people justify spending AGES in them, fixing their hair or changing their clothes or taking selfies?? Plus a lot of the disabled people those stalls are designed for need them much more urgently due to their conditions. Able-bodied people have other options. Disabled people do not. End of discussion.
Is there a fic rec blog for eruri fics (for new people in the fandom)?
Y’know I’m actually kinda jealous of people who are new to the Eruri fandom, because there are so many incredibly talented artists and writers in this fandom that I wish I was discovering them myself for the first time all over again.
Unfortunately there aren’t actually any Eruri fic rec blogs that I know of, however I can share some fic rec tags and lists with you.
Since I know you're a fan of stupid theories being debunked: do you have any favorite SSMs or the like that have rendered those theories moot? Or more broadly, any bits of information that you've found particularly intriguing or which challenged any assumptions of yours?
As for challenging my assumptions and theories – probably the biggest one was his “NO” response to when his editor asked if Coldhands was Benjen Stark. That was very annoying, because I really did believe Coldhands was Benjen. (Hell, the GoT guys seem to have said fuck it and gone with that theory anyway, which should tell you a lot about the show and its relationship to the upcoming books, rather.) I don’t think the Waterstones pitch letter actually challenged anything I believed, even though it was extremely revealing about GRRM’s original ideas about ASOIAF – because, like, when people do try to bring up the original plot as proof of something or the other, I respond “so you think Jaime’s going to murder everyone and take the throne, then? And that Tyrion’s going to have a deadly rivalry with Jon over Arya’s love?” because honestly that’s just as valid. :D
Anyway, unfortunately I don’t tag posts with SSMs or interviews (I should, I
haven’t, it’s probably too hard to fix now) so I can’t find all of my
favorites right now, alas. (My GRRM tag has a lot, but I know not everything.) I very much recommend going to the So Spake Martin archives and reading them all, though, there’s so much good stuff in there. A lot which aren’t picked up by the SSM search engine, too, because they’re links to interviews, and oh man can those interviews be amazing. (Like this one! And this one! And this one! And… ok, I’ll stop now.)
So, I would really have loved it if they at least tried to hint at a canon poly with Humil (Is that the name for Harry/Uma/Gil) and it could have been so easy to do, because they already gave a lot for Gil/Harry and Uma/Harry. All we needed was a bit if Uma/Gil, which is a quick fix.
Literally, when Gil called her shrimpy, something along the lines of, “But I like shrimpy. It’s cute like you.” And Uma having to roll her eyes because her stupid boyfriend is being sweet and she can’t be mad at that.
I can’t believe this blog already has 2 years since I made it. I still remember those days like they were yesterday!
I remember I had no clue how to use tumblr. I made the “first” blog (the first touhou-memories) earlier in July 2015 and I had like 3 or 4 posts which got almost 10 notes in total. And then I wanted to change my tumblr theme and make a customized one. Little did I know that tumblr was a website full of bugs and I ended up changing my theme the exact day a bug that affected all tumblr users made all the notes disappear. I thought my posts’ notes had gone because of the theme and I couldn’t make them appear again. I thought I screwed up my blog and deleted it. Luckily, I had only one follower back then, who followed me here again. After a few days I made this blog again (this current touhou-memories) and reuploaded the posts. So it shows that my oldest posts are since 12 July 2015.
The first month, the blog was gaining few notes because I didn’t know anybody interested in Touhou in real life that also had a tumblr. I didn’t know how to promote this blog. So I just kept posting stuff and tagged them and hoped people would find them through the tags. And it worked. Slowly but steadily. And here I am now.
I want to thank all of you that liked, reblogged my posts and followed this blog! Thank you all for being here and making my days happier! I love you all!
But I have to give special thanks to my first 20 followers, who believed in this blog when it was almost nothing. When it had few posts, few notes, when nobody else thought this blog will eventually make it until today.
Below they’re in the exact order they followed me:
If you are not tagged above but follow me, it doesn’t mean that I don’t care about you! Above are just my first 20 followers. But all of you that follow me now, mean a lot to me! I cannot tag you all, because you are over 2500.
Thank you everybody for believing in this blog and appreciating it! It means A LOT to me! I love you everyone for being here. Without you, this blog wouldn’t have become what it is today! Thanks for all the moral support, the nice messages, even for the criticism that helped me fix some flaws!
I'm not sure if you got it and missed it or it never sent, but I sent you an ask earlier asking you what your favorite a team moment is. It can be anything series of tweets, insta tags, or pics together. It doesn't matter. I'm just feeling some a team love today!
Hello everyone! I would like to share with you my main theory about it and know what you think! Please tell me yours too, It would make me very happy!
I’ve been thinking about this for about a month and a half. I must confess that the first few days after reading I was inundated with the most absolute despair. The fear that this could really end in the worst possible way, in the style of Greek tragedies. Two lovers in the face of fatality, a terrible destiny in which death was hovering, and surely it would take a life or both. As things ended in LOS did not see any solution no way.
After the mourning phase, I was able to see things in a much more positive way (What do you want me to say, it’s in my nature to be optimistic ….
After doing a re-reading of LOS with more calm, because I feared that with the anxiety to know what was going to happen, I would have missed something important, I feel able to tell you my conclusions (which of course are only theories) and I hope to do it well enough, because sometimes I do not clarify myself.
For this, I must go first where it all began. The ceremony of the parabatai ritual. Emma and Julian at 14, two teenagers in love even though they didn’t know it then. They did not know, BUT THEY WERE. I emphasize it because I believe this fact is a key, and on it is based my theory. Because, and if being deeply in love removed the roots of the ritual and therefore created a type of different Parabatai bond?
Unfortunately, we have no reference to another ceremony actually, but we do know theirs by “THE FIRE TRIAL” within TfSHA. And in it, through Simon’s eyes, we could see a flash of something not quite normal, although we can’t know what. BUT DO WE ALL PERCEIVE IT, DON’T WE? And then it’s that CC somehow confirmed it by answering a question from a user.
So, starting from this premise, tHe LOVE, the next question I ask myself is: and if the love they share is part of their bond as much as the rune and the spell? What if they were bonded from that moment in that exact way?
And at this point, I’m going to a theory that convinced me a lot about parabatai curse and heavenly fire performed by @thorndale (A GREAT POST WITH A LOT OF RESEARCH WORK, SUBLIME) and I will summarize it: Their theory is that the Source of the power increase and causing the curse is THE HEAVENLY FIRE, and in a well argued way. The parabatai, being half human unable to handle the power of the angels, became mad, succumbing to the curse. In addition Cassandra has been leaving a series of images about heavenly fire in her wall on TDA in pinterest that leads me to think about this theory as possible.
ROMANTIC LOVE + PARABATAI CEREMONY + CELESTIAL FIRE.
It all made sense in my head but I did not know how to fit it.
Then my dear @clockworkopera who is an excellent light conductor, made me wonder if the origin of power was good or evil.
And guys, as I said , I’m an optimist.
Nefilim magic is angelic in its nature and definition. Heavenly fire is the weapon of Heaven. Therefore, both are tools of good. The heavenly fire is also destructive, and has the virtue to burn the evil. Would not make sense then , that this was their salvation instead of their perdition?
We assume that the increased powers involved between Emma and Julian is because they are cursed, because it’s what they have told us, because it is what the silent brothers know and the referent we have. But what if it isn’t so?
Could it be that the curse is not well understood? We only have the story of Silas and Eloisa, and it might not be the same case.
AND HERE IS WHERE THERE ARE TWO POSSIBILITIES FOR ME:
A- The curse really exists, but it is possible that performing their parabatai ritual in love they were somehow immunized, and able to handle the power of heavenly fire without destroying them. Because, it is not the virtue of heavenly fire to burn the evil? “If there is more evil than good, the fire will destroy you, but if there is more good than evil, it will burn the evil ones while keeping the good”
B- MY FAVORITE. AND WHAT IF THE CURSE IS NOT A CURSE ITSELF? What if the increased power of JEMMA (super runes, mind reading, ability to create heavenly fire) is part of what they are? What if LOVE turned them into a kind of super parabatai whose powers are increased when more closely is their contact? When more are they in love? And if that is precisely the purpose of their union? Then, may be the danger for them is being separated, not being together. Then the curse would not be such, but a blessing, a weapon for good. “Some loves are strong, like cords. They bind you. The Bible says love is as strong as death”
“We are bound together, Emma, bound together — I breathe when you breathe, I bleed when you bleed, I’m yours and you’re mine, you’ve always been mine, and I have always, always belonged to you!”
ALWAYS, not only 3 years ago…
It was an idea of @clockworkopera that the Clave could take advantage of that power, for another purpose. And it would make sense to why it is forbidden, but this already she will explain it.
I hope I have explained myself correctly, because English is not my main language, so excuse me if there are a lot of mistakes 😊
I look forward to yours feedback’s !! Even if it’s to tell me I’m crazy!
Last edit: I just can’t believe I cut the tag of my dear @clockworkopera just fixed it
SO! with Wreck it Ralph 2 coming up I wanted to get back into it and maybe some fandom action, so I watched the movie and noticed things I had missed before~ (it has a keep reading just click my profile for the full thing (stupid mobile)
A/N: I did it, I did it! So this is when things actually get interesting, yay! Now, I’m extremely tired and might have left a thousand mistakes in there, so my apologies. I am posting this because I can’t wait, but if you see any mistakes or anything, do let me know and I’ll fix it! Also, this chapter starts ahead of time and then has a flashback, so don’t get worried thinking you missed a part! You didn’t. It’s all good.
Warnings: Swearing (a lot), angst galore, mentions assault (and training against it)
Could you make gifs of some ianthony moments that are not so recognised? Like we have the obvious kiss, hug etc but maybe the ones not many people talk about? (Sorry if this is really vague xD) Thank you!
No, you’re alright! :D I actually love this request because it gives me a chance to bring back some classic Ianthony moments that the rest of the fandom has either forgotten about or just has never seen before! Since you asked for multiple moments, we’ll just turn this into a list! :) Most of these moments are from Lunchtimes and Smosh is Boreds because there are A LOT of gems in those older videos that are worth bringing up! Plus I need something to do while taking some time off work. xD
THESE ARE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!
1. Ian’s deepthroating abilities.
This moment turned four years old on June 24 this year and it saddens me at how many people don’t know about Ian’s deep throating abilities. This man has a SUPER talented mouth and NO ONE talks about it. Ian probably wants us to forget that, but because of me, it’s back on your dash. You’re welcome. To all the fanfic writers that remain in our small fandom, PLEASE remember this video the next time you write something smutty! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
So, if some of you guys don’t remember, sometimes when Anthony would be answering Twitter questions during a lunchtime, he would sometimes “answer” ones that would require him to do various things to Ian. One of them is this one. I don’t care if a fan did request this one. Anthony didn’t HAVE to pick this question and has said multiple times throughout the series’ duration that he filtered through A LOT of shit questions before he found a actual good one. So, he could have easily skipped it, but he wanted to caress Ian’s beard. Bless you, random Twitter user… bless you.
This video was, and continues to be, a FANTASTIC blessing to the fandom. You know what’s sad, though? NO ONE TALKS ABOUT IT! I know I was supposed to be singling out specific moments here, but I CANNOT pass up the San Francisco road trip. Sponsored or not, they gave such beautiful moments like playful sword fighting, Ian suggesting that they should kiss, and even a Titanic-like shot AS SOON as the video starts. Seriously! It’s such a forgotten gem and needs to be remembered!
Like number two on this list, this was also the result of a Twitter question. This time, they were asked to slow dance. They went through with it, but not the way we were expecting… -__- Teasing motherfucking bastards… It doesn’t really matter though. We got Anthony giving Ian a sweet look and we can easily just make a gif of it and take it out of context ;) You’re welcome.
Now, when I first came into the fandom three years ago, THIS was the moment that everyone remembered and recommended for me to watch. It was the moment that was plastered all over the Ianthony blogs, Wattpad book covers, Google image search, you name it. Then larger moments like the NEAR KISS and ACTUAL KISS came along and it overshadowed this once golden moment. Now, hardly anyone knows/talks about this moment and it’s a little sad. Granted, them kissing twice along with a HEAD KISS is bigger than a moment like this, but it was still a defining moment of the Ianthony fandom and it deserves some love because it is honestly a great moment! It is just a few months shy of SEVEN years old, but it’s still a cute moment that they shared and is DEFINITELY worth a comeback! <3
PS… This was also the result of a Twitter question.
7. Flirting With One Another While Playing an Immersive “Horror” Game.
Okay, so it’s not really a horror game, but you’ll know what I mean when you watch it! Back when “Gametime With S*osh” was a thing, we got cute little flirty moments all the time, but it was always one sided or short lived. THIS however, was different. It was the first time we saw the flirting reciprocated. It also lasted throughout HALF of the video and it was amazing. When it first aired, it was PLASTERED all over the tag, but now everyone has forgotten about it… FIX THAT! Watch these two love birds flirt with each other and bring back this amazing video!
Real talk, this took me NINE HOURS to finish. I’ve literally been working on this all day. I had intentions on making this 10 moments, but I’m totally drained and need some sleep. xD I hope this was enough to satisfy your request, Anon! :)
Also, if you or anyone else would like to see another Ianthony moment revive post, please let me know. It was a lot of work, but I have A LOT of material to work with and that really helps! There are so many gems out there that has been lost to time and I would LOVE to bring more back for you guys to enjoy and so we can all appreciate these two dorks just a little more than we already do! :D
dude I just marathoned your blog and shit I'm so glad someone compiled all of these posts. One thing though I'm not sure if this was just how my laptop formatted it or something else but some of the longest posts with lots of add-ons (like the one where our new alien overlords keep getting taken out by various wildlife) mush the first parts of the post against the side to the point of it becoming almost unreadable. Idk if you can fix that but, now you know!
This is a problem I’m not sure how to fix! I know a lot of the posts are chains that get pretty long, and currently if you’re on desktop browsing the blog, they’re formatted old-style with the blockquotes, meaning early replies of long posts get so squeezed you get a single letter on each line–totally unreadable.
Can anyone recommend a good fix? I’d prefer to keep my blog basically as-is, with the picture [header on mobile] background, icon and about-me in the middle, color scheme, tags/notes/date posted easily seen at the bottom, ~10 posts per page (and have pages, not infinite scrolling)…but have replies stacked like the new style that shows on your dashboard, or on mobile.