I am never inclined to make fun of tumblr’s cheesy attempts to make money and generally support them even if you consider them cringe. Websites need money to operate and tumblr needs to find a way to make money consistently or it will cease to exist. I do not want tumblr to cease to exist, and the most common alternative method of making money is to collect and sell all of our personal data, which I do not want either. Websites that can support themselves via people willing to spend $25 bucks to commit to a bit is a sign of a brighter and more sustainable version of the internet.
I respect that Tumblr staff have realized we won’t pay for the usual Social Media Stuff but we will absolutely pay for weird unhinged gremlin nonsense like useless blue checks and lots of crabs.
I’m willing to reward them for this.