Molly Templeton began a How-to Tumblr in response to a How-to series in the New York Times. She put out a call to women writers, to write about anything they knew how to do and to share their writings with her. She received (and continues to receive) many, many submissions, on an endless array of topics. I check in daily, partly because I am curious to see what will turn up, and partly because I submitted a how-to, which she posted (this how-to also appeared on my blog). I like to check back to look at my submission because readers can attach "notes," and I am curious to see how many notes people attach to mine (both in and of itself and in comparison to others). I do not understand how one goes about attaching a note on Tumblr (I have tried to figure it out by exploring the site, but no dice), so I am unable to attach notes to mine or anyone else's submission. I'm guessing I'd need to register with Tumblr to leave notes.
Anyway, these notes are not like comments on a blog. People don't actually say things, they just note that they liked the post or that they reblogged it. Being reblogged is kind of nice because that means the post gets spread into other corners of the Internet, and some kind people have done this with my post. You can forget what your mother used to say about "This isn't a popularity contest," because life on the Internet actually is sort of a popularity contest, and there are all sorts of metrics and analytics for determining who/what is most popular.
How to Dodge a Falling Rock—16 notes
How to Survive Your Child's Stay in the NICU—7 notes
How to Write a Poem—80 notes
How to Become a Full-Time Artist (this was the only one presented in graphic/cartoon style; the all-time favorite, so far)—230 notes
How to Travel by Yourself—175 notes
How to Spend Time with a Work of Art—43 notes
How to Move Rattlesnakes Humanely—5 notes (this one was completely fascinating to me, despite the low number of votes)
How to Read a Victorian Novel—24 notes
How to Do a Little Bit of Good for Your World—34 notes (this was mine)
How to Have a Good Attitude about Getting Bedbugs—74 notes
How to Make a Bourbon Old-Fashioned (the Right Way)—47 notes
How to Become a Digital Nomad—45 notes
How to Apply Noir (a style of drawing)—7 notes
How to Make a Found Poem—40 notes
What else? What else?