Things we can all learn from the Dashcon train wreck: (note: all my information is second hand, gathered from a variety of sources, both Tumblr and more respected media outlets)
Have clear organisation from the get-go. Don’t make stuff up as you go along. This just leaves people clueless as to what’s going on, which is only increased by having a massive team
Scrap sub-committees. Use a core, unbiased team. Don’t leave 100 people to make decisions without at the very least some strict oversight.
Just because you think you can do something doesn’t mean you can. You might think organising a convention is easy, but clearly it’s not. I don’t care how much your friends tell you you can do something. Start small and work your way up
Qualified people lead to success. Hiring people based on blog following or popularity in general is not the right path. Look at their experience, their track record and then assess it. Diversity is great, but don’t just pick any old people
You’re underage, you’re not qualified. Simple as. If you’re under the age of 19/20 (with a few exceptions stretching to 17 at the lowest) then you’re not ready to run a business. Stay in school, get an education and maybe in time you’ll become capable. You may say that’s discrimination, but how many business’ are run by teenagers?
Passion is great, but it can only get you so far
Own your mistakes. You messed up, fine. Don’t try to pin it on other people..and most importantly don’t try to make others pay for it. You start denying your mistake and you’ll never learn from it, because you’ll convince yourself that you were 100% in the right
Expect losses. Every business has the potential to fail. Just because you’re “for profit” doesn’t mean you get to make a profit.
And for the love of god learn the laws for whatever region you’re operating in. That includes copyright law, event management laws, health and safety, contracts etc etc.
Yes I’m totally jumping on the bandwagon here, but I feel now is a good time for people to learn some of the lessons from Dashcon (I could add many more though)
With regards to tutorials, I’ve had to put them on hold. Between editing that video all day on Thursday and working on 2 web projects (voluntarily) and possibly a paid third one for the next 6 weeks I’ve just not had the time to sit down and record. Sorry!
Hi there, so in light of the recent 4chan raids I felt compelled to write this.
Let’s first understand the situation. I’ve read up on what’s happened, even ventured into 4chan for the first time well…ever to try to get to the truth of the matter, and it would seem that some social justice types decided it would be a good idea to spam 4chan with their ideals and then deny their involvement once they realised the consequences. Let’s be clear on one thing, 4chan is not some Tumblr blog that you can coerce and convince to think a certain way. It’s not like training a puppy, it’s like poking a bear.
This raid could also have been over in hours rather than days if people didn’t keep poking the bear. Trolls live off reactions. If people hadn’t had such a knee-jerk response and tried to fight it then it would have passed before the majority even noticed it.
So a few tips from this, for now or for whenever people are stupid enough to attack 4chan again:
Petitions won’t help. 4chan is completely anonymous and so petitions would involve censoring the entire site, which would have ramifications elsewhere.
Don’t feed the trolls! Spamming about the latest events may help you solve them on Tumblr, but not so in this situation. It just makes you a laughing stock.
If you’re a devout social justice type understand that you need to pick your battles. Don’t go to a site like 4chan, which is known for thinking and acting a certain way, and trying to change them. It’s not going to work and you’ll just cause something like this.
And if you’re still thinking that it’s a good idea to preach extremist-feminism (as was the case here) to everyone then get a grip. Your ideals won’t be accepted by everyone. Start small, work your way up. You might be popular on Tumblr but venture outside this little bubble and you’ll find it’s a bit more difficult. And 4chan is one of most difficult, and near impossible, ones to target.
But hey, have fun guys! Just know what the consequences will be, and be prepared to take responsibility for them.
Shoutout to anyone who was at the Tumblr meet up today. I don’t have a list of your URLs, but if you see this then I’d be interested in knowing what yours is! So reblog or like it or shoot me a message or something
P.S. I was the guy with the curly hair who may or may not have introduced himself as Mark Zuckerberg a few times and was trying to talk to as many of you (newer people) as possible.
SO how’s about, on top of my current projects (a project hub, a project management system and the designs for a new website..oh and a few public Tumblr themes) I aim to roll out some tutorials (video based) on making Tumblr themes?
I could also cover other topics that I have some knowledge on…just drop a request and we’ll see.
Fair enough. I would come to London but I’ve still got lectures and stuff. Next time :) Do you have any particular plans for where to go/what to see?
Ah yeah. No worries! And yeah definitely. Um not much. Going to go to Warner Brother Studios and then see a few of the Sherlock filming locations, but that’s about all I have planned at the moment. Any ideas?
do you use jquery in your themes? people are telling me i should just use that. any tips?
Don’t, however, just use it for tiny functions like changing the background colour of an element. It’s a waste of computer resources, in my opinion anyway.
On my current theme I didn’t use jQuery. I considered it but in the end wrote my own vanilla JS functions. The problem with this is that it doesn’t support older browsers very well. However, from looking at the stats for this blog, that’s not too big a deal!
So by now you may or may not have heard of the “Heartbleed” error going around the internet. Basically it means means that all services that you use could be open to exploitation and that you should update your services immediately. I’ll explain as best I can under the break
It’s a bit into 2014, but I’ve tossed out the old theme (well I still have the code) in favour of a new, cleaner design.
Mobile is still supported but with this design, content takes more focus, with less focus on the design itself. That was one fault I felt existed in my old one..there was too much going on in the background.
how does supervising the exams mean you're able to say that to us
Admittedly I supervised the Junior Cert a bit (that means in the room supervising, not the sitting outside bringing in tea/coffee..I had people do that for me!)…and to answer your question that means that I get to see a huge variety of people heading into exams.
So that’s why. When it comes to crunch time you’ll know what to do. They all seemed to
Might be supervising Leaving Cert exams again this year, so as someone who has sat it, and supervised some (last year)I can tell you with confidence that the lead up is the most worrying part.
I know it’s a long way off, but if you’re sitting it (or any exam) in June, work now and don’t worry about it.
Will repeat this closed to “D-Day”
P.S. I’m not a teacher, nor am I training to be a teacher…and I only did my Leaving Cert a couple of years ago so I’m not some old parent person saying “TIMMY YOU BETTER BE STUDYING”. In other words, trust me
what happened to the Tumblr documentary you were doing?
I was never properly working on it. It was just a rough idea that I had. I also didn’t get a huge amount of response so it’s been put on the backburner for now. I’ll get back to it at some point I’m sure. I’d love to do something like that at some point.
However, right now it’s assignments and then I’m finally getting things in place for a website I’m hoping to launch next year…and then also the preliminary plans for a new social blogging site (but we don’t talk about that now so shhh). So yeah, backburner.
That said, we’ll be publishing 2 video things over the next month. One is with a place called Farmaphobia (who were kind enough to give us free reign of their setup) and the other is a documentary on Giant animation studios (who you should really look up because some of their work is incredible)
Hey, first of all I’ve been pretty busy lately with college work and other projects so I haven’t been able to produce as much content, not even the once a month followers of the month but I know who you guys are!
That’s where I’ve been really. Any free time I’ve had I’ve been trying to relax but have been unsuccessful so far. You can see then why I’m not motivated to do stuff on here right?
As for whether everything is ok…well it’s middling. I don’t have any major complaints but it hasn’t been the time of my life either. I imagine most people have been the same!
So yeah, not really around all that much lately..but I do check in. So if you, you know, want to chat, my inbox is open and I do check it regularly! I check Twitter more though *hint hint*
Been thinking of doing a documentary on Tumblr. Any Irish Tumblr people up for it? If I decide to go ahead you might get to do interviews in a TV studio on campus with lighting and cameras and all that cool stuff.
I’m really just spitballing here. I want to use the TV studio for something other than practising controls at my own pace…
music-and-trauma said: I think maybe leave it till the summer, when school and college are out so more people can go Unfortunately I couldn’t go to the last one because I was busy the day of the meetup but definitely have another!!
Yeah I’m thinking that too. Of course we could have one sooner and then have one later, but I understand. I’m going to be fairly busy up until December/January so summer might be best. Of course, as I’ve said before, I have no problem helping to organise one if people want it
Also, have to say that the Tumblr updates to the customise screen, particularly the source code editor are going down as some of the best updates I’ve seen on this site. So many things that may seem small but are really really useful
Note: a few things about the “flat” style. It’s been around before Windows 8 but only recently got popularised. In the past most websites followed a skeumorphism (I hope I spelled that right) style, where it was the designers job to use gradients, graphics, drop shadows etc, to make a website appear 3d and realistic. Apple were great supporters of this with iOS (before iOS 7). Flat style was better as it meant less graphics and thus faster loading websites, however lately people have jammed images into flat websites so *shrug*
Flat style also helps to put emphasis on the content, so that’s obviously what Tumblr is going for
As I was already late predicting the new flat logo for Tumblr (I was actually going to make a mockup prediction for the dashboard etc) I’m going to list some changes you should probably expect over the next few days. They’re scored out if they’ve already been done
removal of drop shadow from posts
Change of images used. This might extend to the post buttons but unlikely
Removal of gradient on dashboard. (the round cornered box that wraps around the posts and sidebar and then fades into background). Gradients aren’t common in “flat” style
Change the ask box. The button especially will probably be flattened
All buttons when posting, like the submit ask button.
Minor changes to new-post interface
Changes to new post indicators
Now we’ll see how many were right. Tick them off as they happen!
Something I’ve been wondering and I figure you guys could help me with this. Is photography a talent or a skill?
Talent is usually defined as something within the person. Some people are good at drawing, some at learning and some at music. A natural ability, if you will.
A skill is something that can be learned, such as programming, photoshop, PR etc. It could also be argued that everything is a skill to some extent (and indeed talent can help to acquire skills), however, in this case we’ll assume that it’s not something one can suddenly be really good at.
I’m just interested in the opinions of people here, as many of you consider yourselves photographers to some degree. So which is it?