Sooo, I just figured out Tumblr crushes and you're my #1 at 16%! Which, from what I've seen, is a lot. It also means my blog is really Renee-lopsided D:
Just wanted to let you know how much I love everything you post.
PS - I hate how hard it is to talk on Tumblr! Is there something I'm missing?
Hurray! Nee-bias is the best bias!
My current crushes are kinda freaking me out because I’m not actually following any of the people on it! D: I blame reblogs (and wish it would just attribute that like to the person i saw it from, especially since sometimes i’m not liking the original post because it’s awful, but the calling-out the reblogger added (i’m never sure what to do in those circumstances because i hate that the OP might see my like and misinterpret it))
As for how to talk, it can be rough at the beginning. If someone has replies on and they’re following you, you should be able to reply to them. Anyone making replies to you should be the same. Now, if you want to reply to those replies, there are a few ways to do that.
~ I’ve seen some people make separate accounts to make additional replies to the post, but I’m not really sure about that method because the person you’re making the message to probably won’t see it.
~ Others will leave a reply in the users ask box on the topic, and then from there they can either continue that conversation between asks or maybe in pubic if the asks are published (but that would be kinda weird because it breaks up the conversation, and one that started on your dash would end up on theirs)
~ Now, what I do is copy/paste the replies into a new text post and write my reply from there. If you c/p the whole bit from the dashboard instead of your actual page, it’ll keep all of it’s formatting, including the link to the post it was in reply to (though one thing, if it was a reply to a published ask, it’ll it won’t cut it off and will leave the message on, so you might want to trim that manually). There might be some font color issues you’d have to edit the HTML on, but I’ve never actually checked if those keep after you make the post (should check next time i do this), so it might not actually be an issue. (ETA: it isn’t)
Now, as for ways you can reply to a post if the OP isn’t following you:
~ If replies are enabled, there’s also an option to allow members the OP isn’t following to reply if they’ve been following the blog for two weeks. If that option’s on, then you should be able to reply after that wait. However, any secondary tumblrs to an account (like say, my fuckyeahbluemutants, or any number of other blogs where the personal tumblr is the main and the themed tumblr is secondary (or vice versa in some cases!)) can’t turn on replies, so that’s right out for them.
~ Reblogging! Reblogs are always a good way to keep up a conversation, though that all depends on what you might want to put on your dashboard, too.
~ Drop something in the person’s ask box! Now, not everyone might have theirs open, though many do and that’ll usually get a conversation started. Though if you want to keep it private, it’s usually best to let the person know not to publish. (this doesn’t, of course, mean everything will be published unless you that it isn’t, some conversations just work better through ask-swapping, but it’s generally a good idea for the times you don’t want it to be)
I hope that helps!