Admittedly, I wasn’t tumbling back when there was something called “The Tumblr Wire,” so I don’t really know what that was about. But so far, each time I visit Tumblr’s Directory-replacement, “Explore,” I just want to run the other direction. Those live updates are overwhelming, and I curiously don’t feel compelled to click on anything that’s whizzing by. It actually destroys any semblance of intimate community I have hoped to develop here, and replaces it with Macbeth’s “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
Also, I enjoyed having my entire blog classified as “graphic design,” so I didn’t have to tag every single post with that in order to be relevant. Instead, I could focus on more micro-tagging: whether something was typography or illustration, photography, vintage advertising, mid-century modernist furnishing, movie one-sheets, etc…
Maybe I’m jumping the gun. Tumblr’s Explore feature has just debuted. But so far I’m not a fan. It has an uphill battle to wage in order to win me over. But I’m curious, what do you think about it?