Tumblr Survival Guide

Updated: Apr 8, 2020

Today we live in a media connected society. Instagram, Tiktok, Youtube and Twitter, but right now I want to talk about the "Hell Site" known as Tumblr.

Now I know there are many different websites with the opt "out" platform and Tumblr is only one of these and as such it can be a place where chaos runs rampant. Original content, fandom content, blogs, art, music and all sorts of amazing stuff can be found using a simple tag and follow system.

The problem? Well, generalized tags will leave you open to things that do follow the guidelines but don't agree with you. This is normal. This is society and it all comes down with how we protect and care for ourselves. After being a member of the website for a few years, I have pulled together a plan to avoid the drama. So here you go;

Z's Tumblr Survival Guide:

Download Tumblr Savior or Xkit

Two apps can make a big difference between a basic experience and an advanced experience. I have used both Tumblr Savior and Xkit.

Personally, I prefer Xkit because you can do all sorts of amazing stuff. Tagging, posting and interface additions are all amazing tricks that can be done but most of all you can do Black and White Lists (more about that in the next section).

The one thing I appreciate more than anything is the ability to save tag sets that you can add to existing posts without having to open up and edit. Kind of cool to be honest.

Black List / White list

Now aside from using one of the Tumblr add-ons you can also use the internal blacklist. Go into Tumblr settings and scroll down to filtering. You could use Filtered Tags to put in the words that you don't like. For instance, ship tags that squick you or politics that make you uncomfortable. Anything, even those pesky "DNI" phrases.

Now there are moments when people won't use tags or are unaware of them, to which the next step will come into play.

How to Block People

Now I admit, I myself can be a bit of a jerk when I refuse to use certain tags. Granted, I usually don't post crazy things but I have my ships and lately, some ship tags are turning into targets for cyberbullies.

So, when this happens, that you come across someone who either follows my avoidance and has something on their blog you don't like, or perhaps this is a person you don't like in general, then it's time to block. I recommend blocking people who are rude and aggressive to you.

You can go to that person's blog, even if they blocked you out, and do the same in return. There can be unfortunate things that may arise from a block war and one of which might result in the glorious... Anonymous Hate Mail...

Anon Hate

The thing about Anon Hate is that it's just a form of cyberbullying, and if you feel you are being repeatedly attacked by a person or persons anonymously then you will have to report these individuals. There are laws against this in place in most States.

Read More: CyberBullying Laws

Now if you have been a victim, you may feel like reporting is not enough. I totally get that and I have a podcast recommendation for you to listen to.