With Tumblr, users get to share ideas and other aspects of their life with ease. The popularity with this blogging network can be seen in the fact that, each month, it has more than 136 million visitors. The focus of this network has been on its accessibility and the engagement of the community rather than the customizability of its content. Here, we outline the aspects of installing and making use of Tumblr. Everything you need to know about Tumblr is outlined in this piece.
Choosing a Tumblr Username
Go the Tumblr website (www.tumblr.com) and click on the “Sign Up” tab. The app is also available on the App Store for iOS devices and the Google Play Store for Android devices. You will be prompted to enter your email, password, and username. Choosing a username is always a daunting task given the high number of users on this site. The username you pick will also be part of your blog’s URL. You can go to the ‘blog settings’ from your Dashboard to change that. Choose a username that suits you or the task at hand. It will be easy to identify the name this way.
Sharing Your Interests
Tumblr is about creating a community around a given topic. To get the topics you need, you will need to share your interests on your new account. There are so many topics to choose from hence everyone is taken care of by this site. Upon choosing an interest, Tumblr will suggest the blogs you will likely find fancy in. You simply have to click the ‘Follow’ button on the title of each blog, and it will be added to the blogs you follow.
Using the Dashboard
The Dashboard is the center of your experience on Tumblr. From here, you can perform every task there is on this site such as making a posting, reposting content from the blogs you follow, customizing your own blog, and, lastly, discovering new content via the Tumblr Radar. The Dashboard is located at the top on the right half of the web page and is easy to see. You can add text, links, photos, quotes, links, chats, audio, video and many other aspects of your blogs and reposts.
Making a Post
If you need to make a post, you need to open the Dashboard. At the top left corner of the Dashboard is a picture of you (if you have selected a picture). Besides it are icons for creating text, links, photos, quotes, links, chats, audio, and video posts. You can use each one of them to add the specific content, add tags to the content being added, or schedule a post. The icons thus make up important roles as far as posting your blog is concerned.
The Look of the Dashboard and What it Means
Right at the center of the Dashboard are white boxes with the blogs from those you follow. Besides the blogs are buttons that allow you to reply, reblog or like the posts in that order. The reblog feature is among the most useful when it comes to featuring the content of other people’s blogs on your own. With the same button, you can comment on the blog you would have picked upon. You also allow a blog appear on your site using the like button. To add a note on a blog, the buttons that come in handy are the reblog button, like button and commenting on the blog you have an interest in.
The Radar features information that is specifically curated by the editorial staff of Tumblr. This content is both interesting and original thus the high level of focus it generates. Every user will see the Radar content no matter the specifications of their accounts. The blogs featured in the Radar can also be replied to, reblogged, and liked.
You can find the name of your blog right next to the Dashboard. When you click on it, you will be able to perform a lot of tasks on your blog including editing it, customizing the theme, changing the blog settings besides viewing the posts, followers, messages, drafts, queues and the mass post editor. You can also add text, links, photos, quotes, links, chats, audio and video to the blog.
You can add a tag to any blog post you make. Among the most common tags include ‘LOL,’ ‘cute’ and just about anything you can think of. Take time and check out the number of curated tags using the ‘explore’ tag on the right side of the Dashboard. Curated tags obtain their status from the volunteers on this network who agree on the suitability and appropriateness of each tag on the various blog posts made by the users. Tags also allow the users to create interesting blogs and blog posts.
When you click on the name of your blog as stated above, you can access the button titled ‘Customize theme.’ From here, you can customize various aspects of your blog including the background theme, a new name for your blog, adding pages to your blog, adding custom CSS (cascading style sheets) on the site. You will also determine the number of blogs one can see at a time on your website. Basically, this button allows you change everything there is about your blog.