posted 9 hours ago with 3 notes
Anonymous asked: "Hello, have you ever listened to Bradley and Rupert's S5E?? DVD commentary? I think it's hilarious and I thought you might appreciate Bradley's sense of humor as a fellow fan of Bradley's face (and everything else).."

IT’S A VERY NICE FACE (AND EVERYTHING ELSE) :P

I haven’t listened to it no, but I’ve seen many gifsets. I do think I’d appreciate his sense of humour too. :D

posted 9 hours ago with 1 note
Anonymous asked: "Have you seen Island with Colin in it?"

woo! random questions. I love random questions.

No, I haven’t seen it. The only thing I’ve seen outside of Merlin with Colin in it is Parked

posted 12 hours ago with 4 notes
Anonymous asked: "But WHY are you deleting the blog??? It's only time consuming if you let it."

1) not deleting. Only closing/archiving.

2) I think I’ve explained a lot already why I’m doing it. The problem is that I DO let it be time consuming.

3) I had to choose what I wanted to keep as hobbies in an attempt to bring a bit more order and structure in my life, and DB didn’t make the list. Simple as that.

Anonymous asked: "(recblogger) Wow! That helped a LoT!!! Thank you sooooo much!! I just have one more question. I really like your tags page. How did you create that???? (I'm tumblr illiterate) also Can I make a tag system similar to yours? I like your 'roles' tags a lot..."

I think the person who created the codes for my tag page has deleted it, but she has a new version of it on her theme blog. That’s not the only one you could use though. There are dozens of codes on tumblr for different pages. Check this post. Check their pages tags to find codes.

After that, all you need is to create a new page. You go in your customize in the sidebar.

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scroll down to the bottom and click on new page

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(this is the list of all your pages. These are all the pages I have for dirtybookshelves)

Change the option from ‘Standard Layout’ to ‘Custom Layout’ and create your URL

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Paste your HTLM code (found in the previously mentioned blogs). Click ‘Update Preview’ and ‘Save’ at the top. And Voilà!

The code for my tags list looks like this:

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TIP: I discovered only later that you don’t need to put the whole URL (i.e. http:// etc.) All you need is the slash after the .com and whatever follows.

So instead of having:
<a href=”http://dirtybookshelves.tumblr.com/tagged/canon”>canon</a>
you would have:
<a href=”/tagged/canon”>canon</a>

you can test both to make sure it works with all the codes though. 

EDIT: If you don’t want to deal with HTLM, you can just leave your page on ‘Standard Layout’ and create your tags there. It would look like the masterlist pages or the rarepair page. It’s also far easier to deal with.

Anonymous asked: "(rec-blogger) My first question about starting a rec blog is How do you START a rec blog.. I don't know what to in the beginning. Second question is How do you go about with the tags and lists especially when you have no material to fill it with.."

NOTE: apologies for the super long post. I just don’t want to put anything under a ‘read more’ for archiving purposes.

How to start:

You make a sideblog. You choose a theme. You make a rec. You tag your rec with the pairing at least so it appears in the tracked tags. BOOM. You’ve started.

It’s that simple really. All the rest, like a tags page etc. are just DETAILS. Details you aren’t remotely obligated to have.

On the matter of tags:

From experience, if you want to have a tag system it’s 1000x better to figure it out before you start reccing. Believe me. I didn’t, and I had to redo it and re-tag everything three times. It sucks and it’s fucking time-consuming. What’s great about having a tag system already in place? Afterwards, it’s soooo easy and doesn’t take time AT ALL. 

So start by deciding what you want to tag. IMO, the basics are: pairing, rating, length, and type. i.e. canon, canon!AU, and AU (in the case of Merlin, because it’s a fandom heavy in AUs, especially modern ones, I divided modern AUs and other kinds of AUs).

All other tags are whatever you want them to be.

I made tags for both Arthur and Merlin, but honestly? I don’t think they’re that necessary. I have ‘arthur: pining’ and ‘merlin: pining’, but at the end of the day, this could just be a general ‘pining’ tag. All the hurt/ill/etc tags could be under a general hurt/comfort tag. ‘Arthur: jealous’ and ‘Merlin: jealous’ under a ‘jealousy’ tag. I personally like the “roles” tags, like professions and whatnot, because I read a lot of modern!AUs and I just liked being able to find stories through that, but it’s in no way necessary. Some of them could have been cut as well. Or combined. I shouldn’t have had a different tag for ‘firefighter’ and ‘law enforcement’ for example. One tag for these would have been enough.

What I like a lot are my ‘theme’ tags, which are basically THE TROPES. You can choose as many as you want. Looking back there are some I wouldn’t have included (elves & fairies, de-aging, bodyswap for example) simply because 1) there wasn’t that many fics for them in the first place and 2) I didn’t read that many fics for those. I started this blog when I was very unaware of the popular tropes in the fandom, and what I liked/didn’t like. Presumably you know what you like and are familiar with the fandom so you can start from there. You’ll see that I don’t have a tag for ‘kidfics’ or ‘mpreg/pregnancy’. That’s because I don’t read those kinds of fics. So I don’t rec them. So I don’t need a tag.

I would have loved to separate the AU tropes from the themes. Instead of having a ‘theme: apocalypse’ tag or a ‘theme: high school’ tag, to group all the AUs under an AU tag (like ‘AU: apocalypse’ and ‘AU: high school’ etc.) But that’s just me. I should have had tags for ‘fluff’, ‘flangst’, ‘angst’ and ‘hurt comfort’, but I didn’t, and that was a pain in my ass. Something to consider.

I have tags that are very specific to Merlin as a fandom, especially regarding the handling of magic since it’s so important to the show (i.e. ‘magic reveal’ ‘modern era magic’ and ‘arthur knows’) as well as tropes I like that stems from that (i.e. ‘spells & enchantments’, ‘magical persecution’, etc.) That’s a personal choice since they’re things I like. 

I’m more into telling people to make tags that fit THEM and what THEY read. Make it personal. About things you like. Not trying to please everybody else. And certainly NOT trying to tag everything in a story because there lies madness, believe me (all those useless tags I have stem from that).

For example, I read a lot of PWPs and kink, but I don’t rec a lot of it so I just made two basic tags—‘kink’ and ‘PWP’. But if you’re someone who reads a lot of kink, and you want to rec a lot of it, you might want to tag the different kinks (D/s, BDSM, bondage, pet play, etc). I don’t tag things like bottom!Merlin or bottom!Arthur, because it means nothing to me, makes no difference. But if you have preferences for that, you can create tags for them. I really like certain specific themes like ‘starting over’ and ‘families of choice’ so I made tags for those, even though they’re not something usually tagged.

So really, it’s up to you to decide what you like, and what you want.

Remember: the more tags you have, the harder it is to remember them. At first you’ll refer to your tags page a lot to make sure you haven’t forgotten one, but after a while you’ll remember them. Just try not to have random ones you’re never really going to use.

Once you’ve decided on your tags, make a page for them on your blog with links and everything even if you don’t have anything yet to fill them. The you can just lie back and relax; you’re truly ready to start.

Note on the index:

FIRST OF ALL, an index is for request lists, and you are not obligated, EVER, as a rec blog to take or fill requests if you don’t want to. If you do, you’re not obligated to index them at all.

Don’t start an index.

Really.

Don’t do it until you have like… idk 50 requests filled and you’re tired of going back through your ‘requests’ tag to find the one you want. EVEN THEN, I’d recommend to just tag your requests with one of your awesome tags you’ve created at the beginning (i.e. if the request is about high school AUs, tag it with your high school AU tag and that’s it). If some requests don’t fit any of your tags? Don’t fret. Just create an ‘untagged requests’ tag or something and call it a day. The index is a lot of work.

That’s all I can think of for now. Let me know if you have more questions, or if you don’T understand something etc. 

posted 1 day ago with 1 note
p-endragonlor-d asked: "hi MJ! I am sorry to hear this blog is closing. But I understand why you have to do it. When i came to this blog i was so awed by the way you recced fics and your AMAZING tags and index. And I wanted to start a Merthur fic rec blog too! I never got around to doing it because of my A levels but now that they are done and I have around 6 months before college starts, not to mention db is closing *sobs quietly* I wanted to ask you if I could take help from your blog when it comes to fics and tags?"

Hi! First of all, thank you. That’s very nice of you.

And yes, of course, you can take help/inspiration/whatever you want to call it, from the blog. Anyone can, in fact. Let me know if you need advice or something like that.

posted 1 day ago
Anonymous asked: "Would you still be running Untoldlegends next year if you left this blog?? I took part this year and LOVED every second of it and would hate for it to only be a one time thing :("

I don’t know. I’m planning to let go of modding and fest participating for a while after I’m done with pthon (hopefully, it’s very hard to resist participating in fests. Might take part in merlin_hols if it happens this year, bc I love Merlin_hols). But UL happened at the beginning of the year, which, if it were to happen around the same time, is still in 6+ months from now. It’s very hard to say in advance. When the time comes I’ll have to see if I have the time, if there’s interest for it, etc. If I don’t have the time, or don’t feel up to it, but there IS interest from the fandom, then maybe someone else could mod instead of me. 

tbh, I won’t know until it’s about time to start, which is in several months. 

posted 1 day ago with 1 note
Anonymous asked: "Hi I'm the one with the rec blog... um I'm going to need quite a lot of help ... will it be okay if I PMd you? I don't want to be a bother, though...."

It’s not a bother. If you want to have a private convo it’s cool with me. But if you want to stay anon, that’s okay too. Any information could help others too, I guess. If you send me some of your questions I can definitely try and answer them as best I can, and if you want post them on the blog so others can profit from them.

posted 1 day ago with 1 note
mymuseandi asked: "I'm sorry to hear that DB is closing. Thank you for taking the time to make this tumblr's follower's lives easier to find/read fics and I hope whatever it is that you'll do in the future, you'll find it as much fun as we followers have with this blog! *hugs* Can we follow your personal tumblr then?"

thank you <333

and yes, of course! Emjayelle.

posted 1 day ago with 1 note
Anonymous asked: "Hello! Hm, I just heard about the closing of the blog, and I was wondering- and I'm sorry if I am asking a stupid question- that means the blog will be deleted and we'll lose all the rec lists hosted in it? Or it will be left as it is, with the rec lists intact?"

It will be left as an archive. It isn’t being deleted. 

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