The Tumblr Animal Niche and Why You Won’t See Us on Tumblr
Back in July of 2011, I started a fish blog. It resided within the shadowy depths of tumblr that many will affectionately refer to as “fishblr.” Yet, if you’re at all familiar with tumblr, or the workings of the animal niche therein, you’re probably familiar with the less-than-affectionate mentality that some users will foster.
Now, I get it – opinions run rampant on tumblr, as they do everywhere else. It is the culture of the Internet to have an opinion – whether or not it’s backed by sound evidence. Oftentimes, it is not your opinion that offends; rather, it is how you deliver your thought process. And much like on Reddit, where the majority rules, thoughts flow in an uncensored environment where your peers determine the reach of your posts.
Now, add the passion of animal lovers and the diversity of educated, sound, solid opinions – that fall within the confounds of this unstructured and often mercilessly unconstructive setup. Welcome to “petblr.”
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE a good, respectful debate, but there’s a certain mentality to “petblr” that shocked me when I first discovered it. Take, for instance…
“If I can guilt one person into saving a dog’s life next time instead of buying, I don’t care how shameless anyone thinks my tactics are.”
That’s like saying Panda preservation is so important to you that you’ll kill a Panda if it will draw attention to the endangerment of the species.
It goes without saying – but I’ll say it anyway – that many users on tumblr are perfectly polite and present valid, well-backed arguments in favor of animal rights, rescues, and other charitable causes. Others fight ruthlessly over concepts like #AdoptDontShop, tail docking, ear cropping, etc., and means of communication vary from friendly and constructive to, well…
For the record, I support BOTH responsible breeders and rescues. I’m also an advocate of the mindset that goes with this famous saying, “I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” I acknowledge that my opinions are my own, and that means that they are not necessarily right.
If I could point out one thing that “petblr” in general needs to improve on, it’s being more accepting of others’ opinions… because we all love animals, and that’s really the point of all this, isn’t it?
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