99 life hacks

excuse my shitty edit, but i’ve decided to put together all the links into one place that i’ve found that i want to reference, mainly writing and food. (will be adding more constantly) (updated: 1/26/16)

personal health tips:

  • yoga [x] [x]
  • emergency compliment
  • the quiet place
  • the nicest place on the internet
  • cute roulette
  • cute overload
  • the dawn room
  • the thoughts room
  • calming manatee
  • make everything okay
  • stories to give you hope
  • 90 seconds relaxation
  • cute yahoo answers
  • 7 cups of tea
  • take care of yourself after a lapse
  • coping with depression
  • things to remind yourself [x] [x] [x] [x]
  • when someone sees your self-harm scars
  • fade/cover scars
  • help someone or be helped
  • butterfly project
  • caring for injuries
  • when you feel suicidal
  • hotlines
  • alternatives to hurting yourself
  • hoe maintenance
  • get rid of blackheads
  • hygiene masterpost
  • shaving ur vagina
  • alleviate cramps
  • remove lower stomach fat

beauty tips:

  • super duper silky legs
  • skin care
  • cover up a tattoo
  • bra fitting 101
  • 10 rules of getting a tattoo
  • cheap jewelry
  • makeup for beginners

food tips:

  • starbucks holiday drinks
  • panera’s mac & cheese
  • mini mac & cheese pies
  • pumpkin spice smoothie
  • cookie recipes
  • french toast roll-ups
  • s'mores stuffed pizza cookies
  • chocolate chip cookie dough brownie bombs
  • 10-minute recipes
  • chocolate chip cookies [x] [x] [x]
  • coffee recipes [x] [x]
  • healthy snacks [x] [x]
  • 62 smoothies + more smoothies
  • pizza hacks
  • snacks
  • myfriedgefood / supercook
  • what the fuck should i make for dinner
  • cheeseburger cupcakes
  • garlic & parmesan pull apart bread
  • mexican chili-cheese ramen
  • mac & cheese ramen
  • microwave mug mac & cheese
  • nutella hot chocolate
  • microwave scalloped potatoes
  • microwave baked potato
  • dishes you should know
  • pizza coupons
  • homemade vitamin water
  • pms sos smoothie + more healthy smoothies (2)
  • salad recipes
  • yummy deserts
  • s'mores pie
  • grilled cheeses
  • food life hacks
  • infused waters
  • lazy cookie bars

school tips:

  • write a kickass essay
  • take a study break
  • how to use google
  • mathway
  • graphing calculator
  • effectively pull an all-nighter
  • useful college tips
  • free online textbooks
  • how to take notes
  • procrastination guide
  • save $1600 in school supplies

adult tips:

  • prevent a hangover
  • take care of yourself when sick
  • 15 things to keep in your car
  • 99 life hacks
  • clean your bathroom
  • college help masterpost
  • moving out
  • when you can’t pay your bills
  • college books
  • organize your closet
  • clean your kitchen
  • budgeting
  • improve your studying skills
  • dorm room survival tips
  • harsh truths
  • things to bring to the doctors
  • jobs based on social interaction
  • first apartment essentials
  • college packing list
  • doing your taxes
  • how to write a resume
  • protect ur home from break-ins
  • remove stains
  • plan your roadtrip wisely
  • interview questions to ask
  • be a better you
  • dealing w worst case scenario
  • things you never learned in high school
  • if you find yourself homeless

writing tips:

  • get inspired [x] [x]
  • become a better writer [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]
  • smut writing [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [bdsm] [] [les.] [bj] [lang.]
  • how to write a kiss [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]
  • plotting your novel [x] [x] [x]
  • add spark to your writing
  • birth order personality traits
  • 101 date ideas
  • naming your characters [x] [x] [x] + names
  • finish what you started
  • cliche finder
  • creating fictional characters
  • make your character likable
  • find that word you’ve been thinking about
  • writing point of views
  • interesting jobs [x]
  • mary sue warnings [x]
  • check writing
  • 8 words to avoid while writing
  • characters to avoid writing
  • writing someone with a mental illness [x] [x] [x]
  • rhyme zone
  • 100 words for facial expressions
  • writers block? [x] [x]
  • writing fictional relationships
  • describing someone’s voice
  • describing eye color
  • describing clothes [x] [x]
  • describing someone’s looks [x] [x]
  • wordhippo
  • calming sounds
  • worldwide weather
  • body language [x] [x] [x] [x]
  • family tree
  • create a house
  • character flaws [x] [x]
  • good traits and faults / bad traits and virtues
  • character traits [x] [x]
  • phobias [x] [x]
  • character secrets [x] [x] [x]
  • character quirks [x] [x]

grammar:

  • lots of stuff
  • proofreading
  • dialogue
  • semicolons and colons
  • dashes and parenthesis
  • hyphens
  • apostrophes
  • punctuation
  • variations of words

how to write _______:

  • lots of stuff
  • flirtatious characters
  • bitchy characters
  • distant characters
  • shy characters
  • rebellious characters [x]
  • manipulative characters
  • babies
  • injuries
  • male characters [x] [x]
  • someone high on ecstacy
  • someone high on cocaine
  • someone high on weed
  • someone drunk
  • friends with benefits relationship
  • british slang

writing generators:

  • lots of stuff
  • writing prompts
  • random name
  • personality
  • town
  • teen
  • character
  • character interests
  • family relationships
  • character motivation
  • flaws and weaknesses
  • character secret
  • character traits/quirks

for when you’re bored:

  • stupid games
  • kiss some giraffes
  • winterbells
  • pizza party pickup
  • tipton trouble
  • bueno rufus
  • chain reaction
  • find the invisible cow
  • shuffle
  • bored button
  • the useless website
  • crazy card trick
  • thisissand
  • super mario
  • highDEAS
  • this is the only level
  • sushi cat
  • find that song from that tv episode
  • make a fake text / tweet
  • diy masterpost

misc

  • open the tag u just closed
  • post limit checker
  • youtube video to mp3
  • music you’ve reblogged
  • cute lil backgrounds
  • reaction gifs
  • make shit transparent
  • themes
  • updates tabs
  • lifehacks
  • what the fuck should you do today
  • creepy wiki articles
  • more creepy shit
  • alt characters
  • discover who ur asshole anon is
  • what should i read next (v2)
  • textpost tricks
  • internet hacks
  • tumblr hacks i guess
  • free fonts holla
  • lots of cool sites
  • fake social network sites
  • watch a random movie on netflix
  • guide to a lazy day
  • !!!! super !!!! cheap !!!! books !!!! (inc. textbooks!!!!)
  • things to do in nyc for under $30
  • things girls can buy to protect themselves
the next person...

who reblogs that long as fuck “99 life hacks” thing that’s been going around all day is getting an angry askbox note and an unfollow….JUST LIKE THE SHIT OR BOOKMARK IT INSTEAD OF FILLING ALL YOUR FOLLOWERS DASHES WITH MASS SCROLLING!

chicbizarre  asked:

Hi! I e-mailed you a long ago about using some pictures for a student magazine I'm writing for. I found the awesome pictures and tips on your blog, " 99-life-hacks-to-make-your-life-easier. " and I would love to use them in the magazine. I will definitely give you cred for it! //Maja

Hate to say it, but…

I know that the post 99 life hacks to make your life easier! is extremely popular and useful. I also know that if you type “99 life hacks” into Google the first hit is my Tumblr. But I’m afraid I did not (repeat: DID NOT) create that post, and so I can’t give you permission to use it—or really say anything about it at all. None of the photos are mine; the arrangement isn’t mine; the original post isn’t mine.

So how does it keep tracing back to me? Tumblr has a feature which allows you to reblog content. Basically if you’re on Tumblr and have an account and see something you like, you can hit “reblog”, and post it on your own Tumblr. You can add your own text if you like, but you don’t have to; you can simply reblog a post wholesale. As Tumblr is the one handling the copying and pasting, they also take care of the version tracking. If you go back to my post and go to the bottom and keep on clicking the “Show more notes” link until it no longer appears (which will take you a long long time, I admit), you’ll see who originally posted the post. Conveniently, a link to the original post and the user who created it (shialabeowulf) is included right at the top of the post. It’s the very first thing you’ll see on the post. It’s my guess that shialabeowulf probably didn’t invent all these life hacks and take the pictures, but collected them in one place from a variety of sources (perhaps the Lifehacks Subreddit or LifeHacker.com or LifeHack.org—maybe even some originated on Tumblr). That’s just a guess, though. The only person that can clear that up is the original poster: shialabeowulf.

As an addendum, reblogging isn’t plagiarism: it’s reposting someone else’s material with credit (even if you try to expunge it, the trail will always be there in the notes section). The same isn’t true of someone who takes someone else’s image and manually inserts it into their post without crediting the source, as I did with that Mario screenshot above (which I got here). The reblogging feature of Tumblr is set up specifically to allow users to share others’ content without having to worry about attribution—and also to prevent users from claiming others’ material as their own. They’ve basically made citation simple and happen by default, which I think is brilliant.

So what happened with this post? If you go to the 99 life hacks post on my blog, you’ll notice I just reblogged it in the usual way. I didn’t even add any text at the bottom, since I thought the post was good enough (and long enough) on its own. I didn’t do anything outside of the norms of Tumblr, and never claimed that the post was my own—and, in fact, have noted several times that it’s not. So why does it keep getting attributed to me?

If you’re a Tumblr user, you’ll notice that every so often you’ll see a big post: lot of notes, lot of reshares. All of those posts started out somewhere, and often not with somebody that has a million followers. The posts become big, though, when they reach a tipping point: someone shares it with someone who shares it with someone who, it turns out, has a number of followers who, in turn, all share it, and if people see it being reshared from the same individual, it keeps getting attributed to that person, etc. It’s also the case that each individual reblog on Tumblr is itself a single, solitary webpage. Thus, my reblog of the 99 life hacks post can indeed be more popular than the original post. It doesn’t change the fact that it’s a reblog, though.

One of the things that may have helped my reblog be the tipping point is that I had a fair number of followers (most of whom were following me for entirely unrelated reasons), and when I post to Tumblr, that post is automatically shared to my Twitter again, where I also have a larger than average number of followers, and all my tweets are automatically shared to Facebook. The tweet I sent got retweeted a lot, so it got shared with a different set of people than those who follow me on Tumblr. All of this contributed to Google’s search algorithms and drove the ranking of my reblog up. I later also shared the link on my Google+ page, because I thought it was useful, and I swear Google gives special preferences to links shared on Google+ (they’re trying desperately to make that thing relevant. Poor Google+…). Then pretty soon it just repeats itself and takes on a life of its own.

Of course, none of this would ever have happened if the original post wasn’t useful (or amusing or thought-provoking or whatever a good post has in it or does to be good). I reblog a lot of stuff on Tumblr, but none has had the reach that the 99 life hacks post has had. That’s because there’s a bunch of really neat ideas in there. As some have noted, some don’t work; some aren’t as useful—or safe—as they purport to be; but some are absolutely ingenious, and a lot of people respond to that. I applaud your effort to want to share the post and give credit where credit is due, but that credit should not go to me. You should contact shialabeowulf.

Sorry for the long-winded reply, but I’ve been asked about this post a lot, so I wanted to say everything I wanted to say about it in a single post, so that I can link to it in future when questions about it arise. Best of luck tracking down the original image-takers/meme-makers!