I began using the blogging format of Tumblr first. I found the site to be somewhat "buggy" and not as user-friendly as I would have liked. But I'll continue to post photos I find to my Tumblr blog anyway. I like their "archive" feature, in that all your photos cascade down the page and you can see them all at once! It's very cool. When you find a great image someone else has posted, you can "reblog" and the image will appear in your posting stream, along with the link back to the original source of the image.
I also just got invited to join Pinterest, the virtual pinboard catalog service! I love the way Pinterest lets you create an unlimited amount of "pinboards" so that you can categorize the things you love. It also has a handy button you can place on your bookmark bar in your browser window. That way whenever you come across a great image you'd like to save, you can just "pin it" to your chosen Pinterest pinboard. What a great idea!
I found that Tumblr lets people post almost any image, including nudity and violence. So if that offends you, stay from it. Pinterest is trying to keep their site free from nudity and vulgar imagery, and encourages people to report offensive images. I like that feature, as I like to be a proper Victorian lady!
When you sign up for Pinterest, it asks to link to either your Facebook or Twitter accounts, which I thought was weird. I've been using both for years, but I didn't want to link to my personal accounts. So I created a new Twitter account just for my Eastlake Victorian persona and linked to that.
There are now Tumblr and Pinterest buttons I placed on my sidebar if you ever want to see what cool images I've been drooling over! If you want to create your own Tumblr or Pinterest accounts, feel free to link to mine, or grab any of my images you may like. Since I've been saving images for awhile now, I may have taken some of your personal images and forgot where I got them. If you see an image I'm using that belongs to you, let me know and I'll either give it a link back to your blog, or remove it entirely if you prefer me not to use it!
If you haven't tried Tumblr or Pinterest, it's something to consider, especially if you would love a way to catalog all the beautiful images you run across while surfing the net!