On Tumblr, #poetry is the most popular writing tag, with 10% more overall engagements than the next most popular writing tag, #prose. To top that off, #poetry was in the top 5% of all of the tags used on Tumblr in 2016.
From classic #haiku to transformative #visual poetry, #all caps poetry images and #spoken word videos, poetry on Tumblr has a variety of formats for you to tell your friend that you’ve eaten the plums out of their icebox.
Where the writers go
Since many people share curated works using the #poetry tag, a few other tags for mostly original work have popped up. The first is #poets on tumblr, which was the fourth largest community tag on Tumblr last year. Writers began using the tag to share their original work in the early 2010s and between 2013 and 2014, overall engagements (searches, original posts, reblogs and likes) grew 1366%. Over the next two years, that growth continued at an average of 214% per year.
#Spilled Ink started in 2011 after a pair of friends wanted a create a tag for poets on Tumblr to find each other’s work. Since 2013, The tag has averaged 41% year over year growth and has expanded to also include prose and other writing. It’s now one of the largest writing communities on Tumblr. For some sense of scale, in 2016, there were 32% more posts tagged #spilled ink than #poets on tumblr.
Finally, #Excerpt From A Book I’ll Never Write started appearing three years ago for short snippets of poetry—pieces of work shared with no pressure to be complete or finished. In 2014, only a handful of original posts were made with the tag, but were reblogged extensively throughout the year. Between 2014 and 2016, overall engagements in the tag increased 10,407%.
No matter what your favorite kind of poetry is, there are dozens of tags to find your next favorite writer on Tumblr. In addition to those mentioned above, there’s also:
#slam poetry, for those who see poetry as a competitive sport
And the moon, sometimes you can forget about the moon but then one day when you’re walking out of a building there it is in the sky and you say, “Wow, waxing gibbous already? That’s fucked up!” and it kind of reminds you that you are on a rock in space too. And when you look at the stars, or when you image search for pictures of galaxies to photoshop cats on them, that’s something you’re part of too. This is our family photo album. We are animals on a rock in space. We are part of this gigantic, confusing, brutal and awe-inspiring world, and it’s not boring to be here, and how could it ever be boring at all.
If I’m having a bad day I take a gamble and listen to this. Two things can happen as a direct result, either I will crumble and be a sobbing but weirdly gratitude filled mess for a thousand years, or I’ll feel really good.
Today I feel good, it feels good to be an animal on a rock in space.