Hello! My name is Desiree and as of this fall, I am an incoming first year Art History PhD student at the University of Delaware.
I’m a semi-frequent museum blogger (you can read my Museum Minute interview here), and have been throughout the last for years of my undergraduate BA in Museum Studies. After using other blogging platforms for several years, I decided to move The Museologist from Tumblr to WordPress.
I run two fairly popular blogs on the Tumblr blogging platform, including one listed on the website’s main directory, so I thought I would explain this move of my domain name and central blog. Although I am keeping all my original Tumblr blogs, I felt that tumblr didn’t provide the kind of experience I wanted for The Museologist. This is for a few reasons.
One, Tumblr’s platform is meant for sharing media more than anything else. It’s great fun to pass along photographic images, but is really not meant for serious written blogging, partially due to the way information and posts are passed around on Tumblr, and partially due to the website’s poor functional quality. Simply put, if you want to write something more than a few sentences long, it will get automatically cut down in the “reblog post” when you try to share it elsewhere.
And two, while Tumblr provides an interactive/memetic audience, it is also notoriously poor at protecting its users from abusive interactions or spam, fostering real discourse with easy to follow comment threads, and giving useful updates that improve user experience. It’s also easy to get caught up in frenzies of blogs that fabricate their information, or just plain get it wrong.
In short, I have realized part of what keeps me from updating my personal museums and art history blog is that the platform is not built for what I wanted to use my blog for. So I have moved here, in the hopes of improving my experience with blogging and chronicling my studies, time in museums, and the beginning of my graduate program. It’s part of my summer goal to better improve my online presence. I’ve been slowly but surely returning to my sites, and updating them, fiddling around with my LinkedIn, about.me, and twitter (@desireeannis), as well as staring puzzled at academia.edu. (One day I’ll load something of value to it.)
Welcome, and feel free to say Hello, any time.