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Are you ready for ‘x’ reader?

Some days ago I blogged about returning to tumblr after a long time away from it. Back when I used tumblr, I wasn’t writing star wars fanfic (or any fanfic for that matter) and had no idea what the tumblr star wars fanfic community was like. It has been an eye-opener for sure and an interesting learning process as well. But I can’t help thinking that my type of writing just doesn’t fit in.

One of the biggest draw cards of fanfic on tumblr is the author writing various types of fanfic placing the reader (or ‘x’ reader) in various scenarios with different fandoms. An example of this would be you, (x reader) paired with Kylo Ren in x situation. Sometimes the fanfic is light, funny, quirky and ‘fluffy’. Other times (dependent on the author) the fanfic will be a lot heavier and smutty. A lot of the popular fanfic authors will occasionally open their inbox for requests where you can make any number of requests for fanfic and the author will (if they choose) deliver said fanfic to their blog. It’s a great way to write and it’s very popular on tumblr. The problem is I am not that type of writer and don’t fancy taking on this type of writing style either.

It could just be me and my rigid ways of writing for myself first and my audience second. I suppose what’s popular isn’t always what you want and quite often, I have found myself going against the grain in all sorts of things so why would writing be any different?

That’s why blogging appeals to me a lot more because for the most part, it’s about you and your experiences and your views on life and you don’t have to write for any other reason. I’d like to think of myself as relatively open-minded, but I just don’t see my style of writing fitting in on that platform.

On the writing side of things, I’ve picked up the star wars fanfic again which I was really struggling with and I’m slowly getting the story back on track. I feel like this is definitely an achievement for me when three weeks ago I felt like completely chucking the whole lot in the (virtual) rubbish bin.

Onward and upward, as they say 🙂

I find you Pinteresting… not!

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What is the deal with Pinterest anyway? I mean, you follow people who pin topics you’re interested in and then you just pin away. Cool. What I find a little frustrating is when people stay on your boards pinning everything you’ve got and don’t follow you. It’s like “okay I’m going to come along and take everything you’ve spent hours finding and pinning and I’m gonna do nothing whatsoever in return”. Ooook. That’s not very nice. If you’re gonna take 115 pins from a board I’ve been working on, at the very least, give the board a follow because it’s obvious you like it… right?

And it’s not like they even have to follow your account, they could just follow the board they just finished pillaging. I try very hard not to do this. If I come across someone who shares similar interests to my own, I will simply follow them. Or if I come across a board that has a lot of pins I haven’t seen before and I pin them to my board, I will follow that board. It just seems kinda lame if you’re taking and not returning in any way. The other weird Pinterest thing I came across recently is messages from people asking to join some “pay to pin” thing. I called it as a scam and just didn’t reply. Seemed to work just fine.

The other “trend” I’ve noticed is people who follow you only to unfollow you again once you follow them. Yet another stupid trend that some brat decided was cool and now everyone does it to also be cool. It’s not cool. Not in the slightest.

There are rules. They may be unspoken rules, but they exist all the same. Netiquette is kind of where it all starts but it’s just rude to do these things and if you’re spending time on social media, you want it to be worthwhile. That doesn’t mean you want billions of people to follow you, but it does mean that while you’re on social media, you can choose to be nice and reciprocate instead of just being a total twat.

Herein endeth the rant.