So my Jakesuit gif is on the Adventure Time tumblr, which is super cool. It’s awesome to see all those notes, and read the nice things people say. But I noticed that at least one person deleted my caption, which was just “Follow my blog for other gifs and arty things”, and replaced it with a link to their own tumblr. It’s not the first time someone posted or reblogged my work, omitted any mention of me, and used it as a means to promote themselves. It’s mildly annoying, but it’s really more confusing to me than anything. It’s very weird behavior to me.
When I look at their blog it’s not like it’s something that really calls for promotion, they’re just reblogging random things they see and like, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but if that’s all you’re using tumblr for I don’t understand the need for a large audience for something you’re not really putting any effort into it. On the other hand there are people like Justin and Ian who share things they think are cool, and they’re awesome blogs because they focus on the content they’re posting and giving credit where it’s due, and seem to put some thought and effort into what they’re doing. Those dudes are cool dudes.
I understand the need for attention, and I don’t scoff at that in and of itself, because that’s a totally human desire, but to seek attention at the expense of others, or to try to gain attention on the backs of someone else’s work, just for attention’s sake, to me that seems almost pathologically needy.