Anonymous asked: How did you become an editor ? Can I become an editor ? Am I missing something about how tumblr works ? : P
(I don’t wanna spam everyone with posts, but this question gets asked often, even by very experienced Tumblr users. SO, here is my “Features and Editors Explanation” I copy and paste to people, with a few slight bits added—)
Here is the basic rundown—
On Tumblr there are dozens of “official” tags, such as #Prose, #GIF, #LOL, #Science, #Fashion, #Illustration, #Artists on Tumblr, etc etc etc— there’s a bunch. For each official tag, the staff of Tumblr have picked various Tumblr users to be the “Editors” for each tag.
I am an editor for #GIF, #Illustration, and #Artists on Tumblr, because I have my own site where I post my original drawings, GIFs, and stories… most of the editors have a site that deals in what they’re “editing”, and they were selected to become a Tag Editor because of their site.
Ya don’t really “apply” to be an Editor, the staff of Tumblr go and choose you (at least that’s how it worked for me; I assume you COULD apply though I don’t know if there is a formal way to do that).
SO, what the Editors like me do is find posts on Tumblr that should be “featured” as the best posts under that respective tag. Everything featured goes to here—
You can see all of the official tags there, if you scroll down.
When I feature something, it just takes your post and adds it to the ‘featured’ posts for that tag. You don’t have to do anything else for it, and your credit will not be removed. The posts are in the order they were featured in, so even if it’s an old post getting featured, it goes to the top of the page.
Every different editor for each respective tag gets 10 features every 24 hours (it resets at Midnight, NYC time).
This just is another way to get exposure for your work, since lots of Tumblr users check out the official tags and look for new stuff to enjoy. It doesn’t guarantee a post will be a hit, and it won’t be what makes or breaks you being a successful artist, but it is a nice thing that helps get your work out there.
I love being able to Edit the tags especially because I love finding new artists and supporting them in any small way possible, and since I don’t have a reblog site and only post my own work on my site, this is the only way I can! :-o
Let me know if ya got any other questions! :-)
Loves and hugs,
David Michael Chandler