Neil Gaiman On The Future Of Libraries

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Apparently, England has a library problem.

Budget cuts have forced their government to close hundreds of libraries since 2009. And The Library Campaign predicts 400 more will close by 2016, bringing the total to nearly 1,000.

That’s terribly sad.

During a recent lecture in London, Gaiman compared these library closures to stopping vaccination programs for children.

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Research Summary Sources

The Photographer’s Internet Handbook offers advice on how to find websites to put your photos on, what equipment to buy, how to digitize your images correctly, and how to do business on the internet. While the internet has change quite a bit since the book was written in 1997, it still offers useful information and guides on how to use the internet to your advantage as a photographer.

Farace, Joe. The Photographer’s Internet Handbook. New York: Allworth Press, 1997. Print. October 2, 2013.

Tackling Tumblr: Web Publishing Made Simple teaches new Tumblr users how to begin their blog by walking users through posts, quotes, links, photos, and audio clips. It tells you how to install themes, use comments on your site, how to create a custom theme for your personal blog, how to network, and how to link your Tumblr to other websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

Hedengren, Thord D. Tackling Tumblr: Web Publishing Made Simple. Chichester [England: Wiley, 2011. Print. October 2, 2013.

Colin Puttington throws in his two cents about the best way to use Tumblr for your photographs. Also mentioned are the risks of not watermarking your photos when putting them on social sites (i.e. people stealing your work) and why it can actually be a good idea to post your photos to your personal Tumblr blog (i.e. promoting your work via your followers sharing your photos).

Puttington, Colin. Tumblr Tips for Photographers. February 25, 2012. Web. October 2, 2013.
Does Tumblr sound juvenile? It can be, but even revered magazine National Geographic has a Tumblr account. What do they do with it? They post photos of course! With minimal words and putting their photos in the spotlight, The National Geographic highlights how photos can be used on websites to their advantage. They have a certain words in their captions linked to the rest of the story on the magazine’s website. The National Geographic truly shows us that a picture can be worth a thousand words.
The Huffington Post uses Tumblr as a source for their personal bloggers. Not only do they post stories, but photos as well. As a news source, The Huffington Post shows us that Tumblr can be used to share information as well as photographs. For example, photographers from other sites or freelancers can be highlighted on the blog. This is a great way to showcase work and gain publicity.
Photodoto is a user friendly website that helps budding photographers learn the ropes as well as give us Tumblr blogs to look at for inspiration. Photodoto provides ebooks, courses, and guides to answer any questions that might come up about cameras, shots, and how to take a good photograph.
H&H Colorlab is a Tumblr blog that tells us why we should use Tumblr to showcase our photos. H&H gives reasons why people should choose Tumblr, and even tutorials on how to do all of the things they’re talking about like templates and static pages. They also talk about how great and welcoming the Tumblr community is as well as the ease of visibility for your posts.
Search Engine Journal says that Tumblr is the fastest growing social networking website out there. They also advise users how to properly use Tumblr to market your brand, which can also be your photography.  SEJ explains what feeds are, what a note is, as well as posts, comments, etc..
Sexy Social Media lays out the facts for why artists and photographers should use Tumblr for their work.  With reasons like sharing your work with the world, attracting an audience of millions, linking your posts to your professional site, selling your work, and connecting closely with your audience, it’s hard to dispute the reasons.

 Ellen and Jenna



Some people say that anyone that has a camera thinks they’re a photographer. In a sense, this is true. But really anyone can be a photographer or an artist. It doesn’t take amazing talent (have you ever seen a painting and thought “holy crap, a three-year-old could do that”?) or even 4 years of school and $100,000 to create beautiful things. You’re probably trying to figure out where new media fits in with the arts because isn’t art the complete opposite of technology? NO! Well, yes, but they go hand in hand and it’s a beautiful, marvelous, lovely relationship. Really, they’re so cute together.

Okay, so getting back to the nitty gritty; let’s talk about the best, and most user friendly social media site in the whole wide world: TUMBLR!


Tumblr FTW

Why do we love Tumblr? Well, it’s easy to use because of the simple layout, easily tracked tags, and numerous types of postable content such as text, chat messages, quotes, links, photographs, videos, and audio files. Layouts are customizable and you can even use themes from outside sources, you have the option of purchasing layouts directly from Tumblr, or there are free themes to choose from.


Another great feature on Tumblr is the ability to block a tag that you don’t want to see or track anymore. Let’s say that you’re a huge Doctor Who fan but you’re a few seasons behind everyone else, you can block tags that relate to Doctor Who using words like BBC, Doctor Who, etc., to keep the show from being spoiled.


There is also an app on Google Chrome called Tumblr Savior where you can add tags to your Black List to keep things from popping up in your Dashboard Feed. Check it out right here on the Chrome Web Store. Now just because you’ve blocked Doctor Who spoilers from showing up right now, that doesn’t mean that they’re gone forever. Whenever you’re ready you can unblock the tags and everything returns to normal.


Are you a Facebook fiend? You can link all of your Tumblr posts to your Facebook so that family and friends are updated when you make a new post.

Do you like cats? Follow some cat blogs! Follow as many people as you want. Unleash your inner nerd. Go for it, it’s easy on Tumblr.


But wait, there’s more!

You may be wondering what Tumblr has to do with photography, and you may have already guessed that we’ll be discussing photography on Tumblr. The best of two worlds, right? Artist Nic Rad (fellow Tumblrer) hit the nail on the head when he said that Tumblr is for dreamers. “Constant daydreamers feel at home here. That dictates the demographics a bit: users that are young enough to have time for constant daydreaming, or the castoffs, eccentrics, artists, thinkers, weirdos, self obsessed, over sensitive, lonely, hungry, diluted, under employed, self conscious, and strange, who have found some way to carve a high functioning inner life from the demands of a more ‘linear’ world.” Find the rest of the post here.


Artsy Fartsy!

Alright, so how does photography get passed around on Tumblr? Easy! You take a picture and post it on your blog. Let’s say it’s a picture of lemons in a bowl. Before you hit the post button, you’ll need to tag your photo with things relating to the picture like lemons, yellow, bowl, art, photography, etc.. How does this help you? Well, when people do a search for photography or art or lemons or anything else you’ve tagged your photo with, it will show up in their search. If they like your photo, they’ll reblog it. Then all of their followers will see the photo and reblog it because it’s an amazing lemon photo.



This is completely changing things for artists! It is so much easier for budding photographers to show off their work on their Tumblr than how it used to be with dragging a binder around and trying to get a show in a gallery. It’s just easier! With Tumblr you can get a fanbase and your fans will share your photos and add comments to the post.

Are you looking for new photographers and artists to follow? Check out the Tumblr Spotlight to find new blogs. You can even see an entire list of categories for millions of other blogs that highlight things from architecture to zoology.


Simple Setup!

But wait, what if you’re a budding photographer and you want to set up a Tumblr account to showcase your work? As mentioned before, it’s easy to do. And with the Android and iTunes app, you can even upload and post anything on the go. With a simple layout, just like the web version of the site, the Tumblr app lets you post, search tags, like, repost, and follow other Tumblr users right from the comfort of your phone while you’re sitting on the ivory throne.

So whether you’re a novice or professional, Tumblr is there to help you on your way to artistic glory.

-Ellen and Jenna-

Our lovely lemon picture courtesy of LollyKnit on Flickr.

Hello, fall.

It’s that time of year again when the leaves change from green to orange, yellow, and red, the farmers markets set pumpkins out to replace the watermelons and strawberries, shorts are put away in exchange for boots and sweaters, and the air gets crisp with only the slight warmth of the leftover summer sun that kisses your cheeks through the window. I used to proclaim summer as my absolute favorite season, but in my ripe old age of twenty-two, I have come to fully appreciate the change of the season that brings with it  the rush of back-to-school madness, crunching leaves, and the excitement of Halloween on the cool breeze.

Cooler weather always gets me in the mood for a good book, and I am currently elbow deep in George R.R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings, which is part of A Game of Thrones series. To be honest, not much was expected from me of these books, simply because any bookworm knows that most of the time, the books are always better than the movie or television show. I don’t know if the books ruined the show or if the show ruined the books, but I really don’t care because even though I already know what happens in A Clash of Kings, I still can’t read it fast enough to satisfy my hunger for the series. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in fantasy, fiction, action, adventure, and all and in between.

Until next time,