The latest blog to go viral is one that sounds a lot less funny than it is.
I saw friends on Facebook linking to this Tumblr called “Reasons My Son Is Crying.”
By the name of it, I thought it must be some kind of parenting blog, which, frankly, sounded less than interesting to me. But the more and more links I saw, the more inclined I was to check it out.
I’m glad I did.
The blog doesn’t give an explicit explanation of what it is, but the entries make it pretty clear. The author posts photos of his toddler son crying in various scenarios, each seemingly more absurd than the last.
“I wouldn’t let him drown in this pond.” (My personal favorite.)
“I closed the refrigerator door.”
“I asked that he not wipe his muddy shoes off on my car seats.”
“It took me longer than 0 seconds to take his shirt off.”
The accompanying photos show the child crying over that particular event, which pulls at your heartstrings while simultaneously tickling your funny bone.
Maybe we shouldn’t be laughing at the fate of this teary-eyed youngster, but it’s just too hard not to.
Check it out here.
Today, social photography site/app Instagram released a list of the “most-Instagrammed” places in the world for 2012. I was curious to see what the results would be, especially because the photo service is used across the globe.
In the No. 1 spot? Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand, where more than 100,000 photos were taken — and Instagrammed.
Rounding out the top 5:
The Instagram list goes on to include the top 10 spots, but it left me wondering: What would East Tennessee’s top spots be?
(Instagram photo by user @johnschumacher_)
My guess is that Neyland Stadium would be No. 1 for our region, followed by shots of the Smoky Mountains, Sunsphere, University of Tennessee and Downtown Knoxville/Market Square.
What do you think are some of the most-photographed places in East Tennessee?
Fountain at Bonnaroo in 2011 (taken via Instagram).
I’m at home today, preparing my gear and snacks for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival! Reporter Hayes Hickman, photographer Adam Brimer and I will depart for our three hour-long drive to Manchester, Tenn., early tomorrow morning.
Our Web coverage of Bonnaroo has changed heavily in the past decade, and that’s the topic of my Sunday print #trending column.
In 2002 and 2003, our Bonnaroo coverage was cursory with stories and photos and perhaps an entry or two just for the Web.
In 2004, music reporter Wayne Bledsoe and photographer Saul Young shared their ‘Roo experiences on blogs called “Wayne Blogsoe” and “Saul at Bonnaroo.” A year later assistant visuals editor Lauren Spuhler joined the team, giving our online coverage a boost.
Spuhler shared photos and snippets of the scene in a Bonnaroo blog. She experimented with podcasts, took photos for a Web gallery, and created video profiles of concertgoers with hidden talents — Bonnaroo Idol. In 2007 she started a Twitter account as part of her coverage, sending tweets via SMS. We snagged the Twitter handle @bonnaroo, which was readily available at the time. We sent tweets as @bonnaroo for a while until the Bonnaroo organizers contacted us and claimed their handle. We gave them @bonnaroo and are now known as @bonnaroonews.
Spuhler embraced the upgrades in prosumer technology that boomed in the mid 2000s. She posted a lot more video and tweeted away from the festival. Her followers were enthusiastic and she arranged tweet-ups. (See our coverage from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Some links in the older content may not work anymore due to major technological upgrades, but you get the gist of our coverage plans.)
Last year, I took the coverage reins from Spuhler. I had the luck of attending a photo manager workshop a few months before the festival so was armed with some fun apps on my iPhone that I wanted to try out. I used a little point and shoot camera to take video and used my iPhone for photography. Armed with an Owle Bubo device (basically a lens attachment for a phone) I snapped, tagged and uploaded away. I took panoramic images with the phone and also shared photos via Instagram.
The most thrilling part of the process was uploading photos just moments after they were taken. I loved seeing the instant retweets of my coverage and the realtime engagement.
This year, in addition to our usual Web coverage plans on Twitter and Facebook, I will post a lot of photos to Instagram and Tumblr via my iPhone. The Tumblr is a new experiment, and I’m excited to see how many fans, follows and reblogs we will get. The photos we’ve posted on there right now are already generating some interest. A photo by Brimer of Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine waiting on a porta-potty at Bonnaroo in 2011 already has a lot of reblogs.
I hope you’ll follow our coverage and get a feel for the Bonnaroo vibe.
PS: In short, here is a concise list with links to all our standard coverage platforms and areas: