Art and culture addicts Candace Wetmore and Cate Yanz recently exposed the Oklahoma scene to a new, and perhaps more intellectually insightful, method of blogging.
“This artist that I like had one, and it was just a collection of things this artist found to be beautiful. Her address is actually http://beautiful.tumblr.com. I thought hers was so neat that I wanted one, too,” Yanz said.
After that, Yanz was officially hooked, and she asked her friend, Wetmore, to get one, too.
“On my Tumblr, I usually cover really anything I find on the Internet. If I find a band I like, I’ll write about them, or if I just find a picture, quote or website, I’ll post that. It’s meant to a multi-fasicated blog tool.. a place to collect anything you find across the Internet. Candace’s Tumblr is really art focused because she’s an art focused lady,” Yanz said.
While everyone seems to have their own method of seeking out new, contemporary art on the Internet, as an art history major, Wetmore is constantly digging for new artists– on or off the Internet.
“I have a lot of books about contemporary artists, and in my purse, I’ve started a list of artists that I’ve found. When I get home, I look them up on the Internet. I actually have some artists names written on my hand right now. I just write down the names of new artists I find wherever and whenever I can,” Wetmore said.
Yanz uses the Internet as her primary tool to dig up new artists.
“I generally branch out off of other artists I find to point me toward something new. For example, if they have a page of links, or if it’s a blog site, it sometimes links up to other things. It’s all really just a big spiderweb of networks on the Internet,” Yanz said.
Tumblr beats out most blogging sites, according to Yanz, because “it’s more post specific.” It has different formats like “add a picture” or “add a quote,” and it will format everything for you. It simplifies things in that respect.
“Everything you could possibly want to look up on the Internet is probably there. I think Tumblr helps with browsing because it brings everything you like onto one page. Even if you just wanted to create a Tumblr for yourself, it helps keep everything organized onto one specific page,” Yanz said.
It’s like a more interactive bookmarking tool that you can share with friends, and the simplicity of the site is an attractive quality to most users, too.
“The layout of the site is really clean. It keeps you focused on what’s being posted rather than the background or other layout distractions,” Wetmore said.
Although Tumblr does not give a comment option, it still seems to be an optimal way to consistently share interesting art, music, web sites and photos with friends.
Get you one: Tumblr.com!