So I read a really good post today, which I’ll be re-blogging in a minute. But I was upset that I couldn’t comment on the post to start a discussion. I don’t find much use of reblogging things to add my input, I find it to be ineffective and reminiscent of chain letters.
So after doing some researching, I figured it out (and you may have too, but if not, here’s how you do it).
On your dashboard, click CUSTOMIZE then click COMMUNITY. There you can set options to allow people you follow to comment (such as the Art Institute inner circle of friends), as well as strangers that have been following you for two weeks.
Sure, I have to wait half a month to finally be able to start interacting with this blogger, but it’s better than nothing.
If you think tumblr is for posting photo after photo after photo all day: delete your account and move over to Flickr.
If you think tumblr is for posting one line about what your doing or your current irrelevant thought: delete your account and move over to Flickr.
If you think tumblr is for collecting your thoughts, photos, and other things that inspire you. Congratulations, you can keep your tumblr.
I know the answer is just as simple as not following them - but this stuff seeps into twitter and facebook where I generally do want to follow them. But I don’t want all these feeds spammed with post after post after post of tumblr web addresses.
And what’s worse. I don’t want to my tumblr feed spammed with tweets!
This is like using a screw driver as a hammer. Sure, it works - but that screw driver has a much more appropriate job, and that poor hammer’s value is depreciating when you choose the wrong tool.
Moving on. If your aren’t some sort of celebrity, be it hollywood, youTube, Club Diva, or industry professional, get off of formspri.ng…
“Sometimes you’re afraid to become a couple because you’re afraid of losing what you already have with that person. But life is all about risks and it requires you to jump. Don’t be a person who has to look back and wonder what they could have had. No one waits forever.”—(via brimr6)
So, Today I was talking to someone and they pointed out that I liked a lot of detective shows. I told him that the reason was because I had wanted to be a detective at one point in my life, but chose art instead.
That’s when I realized that might be something worth posting in the About Me section of my Facebook. So I started writing the following:
This section of any profile site is always the hardest to fill out. For me it’s because I have a good sense of who I am and who I want to be, but I can never seem to get the right words out onto the page. So what do I do? Write a biography? Who’ll read it? Who even reads this?
Seems a bit too insightful for a little blurb on a profile page, don’t you think? So naturally I thought to make a YouTube video about it, when I realized that my thoughts were a little too scrambled and it’s a little too late to even try to shoot and edit a video right now. Then I thought about a Facebook note - but again it didn’t seem appropriate.
So, basically I turn to my dusty tumblr. I’ll park these thoughts until I find the time and energy to convert them into a video.
But back to talking about me. What things are relevant and where to I start? Do I do a tell all “this is something that had a significant impact on my life, these are my demons.” or do I stick to fluff and and talk about what you can see on the surface?
Aguilera’s problem has always been that she took too much time off between albums. She tried to do something unique with Back to Basics, a theme based album, but there was too long of an absence and too drastic a style change for people to keep up or even try to appreciate the work.
Even today, the only songs I like off that album are the ballads and the song she did with Diddy on HIS album – because it sounded more like the Aguilera that we knew.
Then she tried to come back again at the VMAs with a Gaga sound and look (she denied knowing who she was to try flip the accusations or be considered a coincidence that the two looked the same).
Where Britney has 6 studio albums, 2 greatest hits compilations, and a remix album – Christina only has 3 studio albums and 1 greatest hit cd (not going to count re-releases in other languages – and her christmas album may take place of the remix album).
That’s saying something because Britney even took four years off. Hell – Rihanna has more albums then Christina does and she came much later.
Bottom line – if Christina isn’t going to spend time in the studio or the tabloids, then the industry will leave her behind.
Like, for real this time. A legitimate extension of CRHain.com (which is also looking to get a face lift).
The thing is - this isn’t going to be a place where I write my thoughts and expect people to check up on me - That’s what YouTube is for, and I’m having a hard enough time getting that to take off.
The purpose of this blog is to actually house my YouTube videos and direct people to other media connections. I signed up for a lot of media sites over the past year, and each one asks for a personal website. At this stage in my life, I can route them to four different sites. CRHain.com (for business) Youtube.com/CRHain88, Facebook.com/CRHain88 or Twitter.com/CRHain88 (for personal).
I’ve been going by the screen handle CRHain88 ever since I was in middle school and AOL was the internet browser of choice. I had gone through the screen names Phantom0164835, HansonWannaB, and VampireSlayerCRH before deciding that I was done with campy usernames that I wanted to switch after I became embarrassed by them. So I came up with CRHain88 (first initial, middle initial, last name, birth year).
During senior year of college - emphasis was put on branding myself - putting up a website to send potential employers to. I had a huge struggle with finding a name. ChristianHain.com was already taken, and I couldn’t seem to come up with anything catchy and cryptic like TheYea or Veaone. I tried things like Parallel Dimensions, Underground Designs, Showcase Designs, CopperTop Designs, everything. I even went through a whole “identity crisis” phase where I thought I would change my name to Christian Ray - bought the domain and everything.
After recognizing a pattern of picking something that sounded cool but quickly getting embarrassed by the name, I moved back to CRHain88 - after all it was already an established name for myself. The only issue was that I feared it was tarnished by some of the things I posted onto forums when I was younger - the stuff was still coming up in Google searches. I went back and modified the posts with disclaimers in the beginning - but I was still ashamed at how careless and immature I was. So I cut off the 88 and came up with CRHain.com Now, the only distinction between my two identities - my professional and my personal, was my birth year (I also thing that’s a strong reference to the ideology that age shouldn’t matter in professional settings).
So, I year later and an additional 9 networking sites plus the rebirth of YouTube, I have no idea what MY website is. Facebook is wonderful because all of my tweets and YouTube videos, and I’m assuming Tumblr’s will will publish to my wall - but it doesn’t archive anything. That’s what YouTube and Twitter and Tumblr’s host sites are for. All facebook is really good for is announcing new content or information. If you really wanted to, it’s not too hard to go and find where the content originated from, but who really want’s to spend the time clicking through my profile (assuming they even have access to my profile) to find the roadmap to my life? In most cases - the path is even more convoluted. If someone finds my twitter, they’d have to go through my YouTube to find my Facebook - despite all the usernames being the same. And if they’re on my LinkedIn - they’ll never find my YouTube because I keep that shit segregated.
So, after debating what site is my site, I decided to turn to WordPress. A go-to spot that will archive my YouTube videos and attractively hold twitter feeds and links to other sites. I guess in some way’s - it would be like the contact page on most of my peers websites - but I still believe that that all should be kept separate.
So, I’m going to attach my blog to CRHain.com - titling it either CRHain.com/blog or CRHain.com/88 (because like I said, the 88 is all that separates the two worlds). I still don’t know how detached I’m going to keep the two, because I definitely don’t need potential employers seeing me dance around in zebra striped spandex and a red mullet wig until at least my second week. Also in terms of design continuity - I would want everything to look the same if everything was accessible from the home page.
So wow, that’s a lot to read for a first post. The major reason why I prefer vlogging - and why my blog will serve to house my vlogs. I can’t expect anybody to read this - I just got a little carried away in my explanation…