Rat Farm is a 10 acre homestead in Northern Minnesota, started May 2009. Growing Zone 4B.Original content documenting the journey & sharing what we learn. Self-reliance advocates, farm punks, occasional witchcraft & heavy metal.
That feeling when you unload your most intense personal feelings and either your shitass phone or the crashy Tumblr app just eats the entire goddamn post and you don’t have the mental energy to go there again.
Sitting alone in the dark in a parking lot in my dilapidated Land Cruiser and feeling lonely and like I belong nowhere and no matter how hard I work I’m doomed to failure and loneliness. It was more poetic the first time but… Fuck it.
This flagged post of my kid showing off some streaks in his hair has been in content appeals for two weeks and I think it got forgotten about. I had about 20 posts flagged between my two blogs and all of them were handled within about a half hour of appealing, except this.
It’s not marked as mature, either, I had some of those on my art blog and they were clearly labeled. It’s just in limbo.
Seriously two years of having posts not upload properly on mobile or desktop and now this. Definitely getting that off-site mirror done… If for no other reason than as my own personal archive for when content disappears.
Running this blog is like a full time job and I do NOT have the time. :/
I tried to edit my last post with an update but the Tumblr phone app is still glitchy and won’t let me… The app is almost useless, btw, although it lets me post again. It crashes anytime I scroll too far down a feed or individual blog and is very hard to actually aee much of Tumblr on.
ANYWAYS, an update on flagged content: In the time it took me to write/post about the flagged content 6/7 of the appealed posts were cleared. The last one is still pending and nothing was rejected, including gratuitous photos of a blown goat udder. So far I’m pleased.
At least the appeal button was easy to find… Actually this is a mild inconvenience but a few years ago when there was flagged posts there was zero notifications and I had to look through ALL my drafts and posts to find flagged content and appeal it and some content took forever or got flagged over and over. Today I logged in and had an alert at the top of the feed and it took me to all the flagged content in one place.
If the appeal process isn’t too slow and I can get updated or check the status on appeals (???) I’ll be cool with this. I’ve been blocking porn blogs and blogs full of graphic adult content that follow me for years. I’m not against adult content, hell I draw erotic art, and I’m not morally again porn either but you don’t need to reblog pictures of my kid/life in the middle of that stuff or be seeing in likewise in that context in other blogs. Make a sideblog, jfc.
What I DO take issue with is today I notice if I go to people’s pages that the Tumblr feed is NO LONGER CHRONOLOGICAL. It’s close, not the sick mess Facebook is, but just a few rearrangements. It was so subtle I almost didn’t catch it but I saw a “taking a social media break” post from a friend followed by a slew up reblogs and that seemed odd, especially for them. I went to their page and yes, the social media post was the last post. On my feed it was their oldest recent post. I can’t express adequately enough my utter disdain for an update feed that is not in chronological order. I should be able to scroll until the last post I saw previously and be able to stay updated. Algorithm driven feeds that tell me the content I get enrage me and roll so many content creators under the rug. If the Tumblr community wants to talk about censorship, get off the “first they came for our porn” speech and talk about how unpopular artists and the like get obliterated under a content algorithm.
I’ve been very sick all week and healing from a shoulder injury. So much is going on here and I really want to update but as it turns out actually doing things leaves little time for the internet… Some day I’ll be back properly.
I have a lot of art too and am revamping and updating my galleries… Hundreds of pages of never before seen content. Stay tuned.
@drop-the-dagger-romeo It’s not a dumb question at all! If it’s an outside altar I’ll leave offerings to rot or be consumed by animals. Inside offerings I’ll leave for as long as is hygenically reasonable depending on what they are, then I throw them outside. Water offerings (indoors) I’ll pour into a special houseplant when I bring the next day’s water.
I don’t think it’s disrespectful to let nature take offerings, at least not in my practice. It can even be an auspicious event, say if ravens eat food for Odin, or an inherent part of the offering if you’re sending things to the underworld, etc. If you’re in a populated place, composting or burying is also fine. You could burn and scatter ashes, but that seems like a lot for work.
We do have a child who occasionally eats sweets off the altar, but he “asks” first. I’m not precisely sure if he gets a response, but our gods like children. We’ve settled for making him wait a while before and being clear that it’s someone else’s present. Oddly enough, the dogs never steal food off the altar. Some of them will steal my dinner from the counter, but not the altar. Go figure.
Seriously folks, calm down about the adult content ban. It’s excluding trans pics, breastfeeding, and nude art that doesn’t involve penetration. Which seems completely reasonable to me. It’s literally just a formalized way to deal with all the porn. Image flagging has been happening for three years now and is erroneous partly because it’s done be computer rather than a real person and that’s not perfect or because some user with a chip on their shoulder is reporting (I’ve had my “Rooster Recycler” post hit numerous times). It’s not censorship, that’s trying to cultivate an environment for everyone, including kids.
As it is, I’ve always had a blanket policy of reporting and blocking all adult blogs that follow me, reguardless of whether they are bots or people. Those interacting with my blog don’t need to see explicit icons and you don’t need to see (or reblog) pictures of my child or home in the middle of your wankfest.
There’s no shortage of adult communities online. You don’t need to be everywhere or inflicting that on everyone else.