Our roundup of quality tumblrs
There’s a lot more to tumblr than low-angle pictures of buildings, grainy shots of New York, and Doctor Who gifs—although those make up a really big majority. There are also people who use tumblr for good (or, at least for entertaining others).
What follows are some of the best tumblr blogs out there, some run by famous celebrities, others run by folks like you and me. Rest assured, all of them are high-quality. Feel free to recommend tumblrs to follow in the comments, as everyone could use some more variety on their dashboard.
Yes, Neil Gaiman, the acclaimed author of American Gods, has a tumblr that he updates regularly. When he isn’t posting pictures of Amanda Palmer and talking about how much he loves her (which is actually endearing, if a little annoying), he’s answering questions posed to him by followers about characters in his books and whatever else fans ask him about. It’s a really great blog to follow if you like writing, plus it’ll balance out with that tumblr you follow with all the cat gifs.
Have you ever wondered how a T-Rex would function in today’s society? Well if you have, artist Hugh Murphy has an answer to your question: The T-Rex wouldn’t cope well in our world with his tiny arms. Murphy draws scenarios in which T-Rex tries to do everything from flipping a pancake to putting on a cardigan. All of them are hilarious, and just the right amount of sad to make it worthy of a follow.
While you can be sure that Jimmy Fallon has more important things to do than tumbl all day, the blog that his interns run is pretty great. Every day they post a few links to some funny stuff happening on the Internet. And they usually post clips of Fallon interviewing people. Most of the time they’re promoting playing iPhone games with fans—they’ll play Words with Friends, Scramble with Friends, and Draw Something with whoever requests it.
Who doesn’t love a good infographic? The guys who run I Love Charts know that everyone is a sucker for information organized in an easy-to-digest manner, and most of the time they manage to make the charts funny. The best, though, come from the blog’s followers, who can submit their own charts to be posted. The charts span the spectrum of topics from pie to superhero movies to presidential approval ratings. It’s a good way to learn stuff without even trying.
Walking down the street, have you ever made up a backstory for the people who pass you by? The creator of Humans of New York (who we interviewed for last week’s issue of The Eye) set out to put stories to the faces that you pass by every day. This tumblr is the blog side of the HONY project, and is a really great way to get to know some of the 8 million people who live around you.
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