Sooo I’ve taken a day to getting around to answering this because I’ve been considering the best way to answer it. What is my blog, what’s it defined as when it comes to the question of what blogs would be similar? Are we talking specific issues that I reblog, because I try to build an awareness of a spectrum of issues? Are we talking about promoting discourse and inputting original opinions into a matter rather than simply taking it as read that everyone agrees? Because although I try to do that, I could do it much more … And also there’s the question of trying to break the cliques that build up on tumblr, and trying not to simply play into those but also break free from them by pushing outwards to other groups of thinking so that it’s not just a group of internet friends that mostly agree with each other, talking with each other about things they agree with.
With all that in mind what I’ve basically decided to do is group a few of the blogs I follow that are consistently interesting into a variety of sections based on what I mostly associate them as blogging about. At the same time if I have a number of blogs that sort of build into a clique, despite them each being interesting in what they have to say, I may drop a few out for brevity (which I’m no good at usually) because you’ll see them reblogging each other and then be able to figure out other interesting people to follow as a result. If that makes sense …
So this is by no means comprehensive, but hopefully more indicative of directions I suggest.
http://newwavefeminism.tumblr.com/ (straddles into the next section quite nicely as well)
Person of colour issues:
Marxist/Socialist (sometimes sort of maybe? It’s sometimes hard to tell) perspective:
Anarchist (sometimes sort of maybe? It’s sometimes hard to tell) perspective:
Middle east/Arab (inevitably mostly Palestine) issues:
Broad issue blogs:
Some final notes on what I’ve suggested:
As I’ve said already I try to maintain an awareness of a breadth of issues. With that said, users on tumblr ebb and flow in activity and also current affairs make certain issues more immediately pertinent, so what seems to happen is I’ll follow numerous people on a particular topic I’m interested in at the time and then gradually their blogs will perhaps stop being so relevant as their own posting habits change, or they may drop out of being so active. I have tried to keep to currently active people who are consistently good at blogging about matters.
Another point is that although the sections for people of colour and LGBTQ issues aren’t as full as others, a part of that is because some of the blogs that are good on that have been grouped elsewhere based on how I perceive what the primary thing they blog about to be. That said, I do constantly want to improve my awareness so if anyone has good blogs to suggest I’m all ears.
A final point is that this was under the situation of trying to scan through the people I follow, avoid putting forward blogs where the activity has dropped off and also find a fair representation of the people who consistently and eloquently discuss various matters, through the medium of checking their blog and having a scan then trying to avoid putting forward lumps of people that already interact within a group and just selecting one or two of them. Considering I follow almost 300 people and already find my dash getting a bit hectic this is far from a perfect system to work by and there are probably quite a lot of people I’ve left out that aren’t being done justice by this.
So … yeah. Hope that’s the sort of answer you’re looking for and isn’t just me prattling on 🙂