So as it came to my ear that some people call u-cf ‘elitist’ I want to clarify things a little bit.
First, the purpose of the useless-countryfacts blogs.
We all agree that Tumblr as a microblogging site is extremely US-centric, and has barely any representation when it comes to other countries, especially non-English speaking ones. The useless-countryfacts blogs try to change that by posting facts about their country, including memes, and one or the other shitpost - but this should not be the only purpose of the blog. Educating other people about culture, customs, language(s), history, geography and just in general hilarious, disturbing, weird or just plain useless facts.
Second, who can make a useless-countryfacts blog
Theoretically, everyone. I mean, all of you live in a country. BUT…
I best explain it in a couple steps:
- Do you want to make a useless-countryfacts blog?
a) yes -> go to question 2
b) no -> WELLLLLLL…..
- Is it a country? A real country?*
a) yes wtf -> question 3
b) noooo but i like planets??? -> no stop it and read the second paragraph of this post
- Does the country you want to make a blog of already have a blog?
a) yes -> ask the admin of your country’s blog if they want a second admin. If they don’t, ask them if they are ok with a second blog about their country. If they are inactive since a longer time or if they approve of a second blog go to question 4. If they say no both times, DONT
b) no -> go to question 4
- Are you interested to post about your country or do you just want to be part of the fun?
a) I am interested in the culture, customs, language(s), history etc. of my country -> go to 5
b) FUNNNN!!! -> NO, just dont.
- Do you have any connections with the country you want to make a blog about?
a) well I live there… -> go 6
b) My ancestors are from there -> If you only have really loose ties to a country, it is always best to be open to your followers about it. Especially, if you never lived there, don’t speak the language, and mostly post about things from newspaper articles or from Buzzfeed posts with the name of “12 things you wont believe about (insert country name)”. Also, maybe get a second admin who actually lives in the country and knows the language (if you don’t) -> go to 6
c) No, i just want to have a blog about a country -> no, especially if it’s about a country that has a problem with people pretending to be from there and imitating it’s culture in a grotesque and fetishising way (looking at Japan). Don’t make a blog just because all of your possibilities are already taken.
- YAYYYY make a blog if you want to!
These points are all not binding but keep them in mind. Also dont get expected to be friends with all the other country facts admins bc you got a useless-teletubbiesfacts blog.
* What is a ‘real existing country’?
Is your country officially approved of as a country, then go on. if your country is a region wanting to gain independence, maybe check it with the admin of the country you want to gain independence from (if there is one), this is especially for cases when the independence is more of a ‘two people want to do that’ and not actually the majority of the inhabitants (if its hotly debated, be aware that you either make a disclaimer of not discussing anything related to politics, or brace yourself for a LOT, especially if the admin of the country blog is the opposite opinion). A region is not a country, even if it’s called a ‘state’. it’s United States of America not Untied States of America and also not Random States of America. You all have more or less the same culture. (Even though it would be really interesting to see blogs about ingenious tribes as their history and culture is also barely mentioned here, maybe not following u-cf URL the format tho, but keep in mind: people who are actually part of said culture)