How to Use Tumblr: 12 Useful Tumblr Tips for Beginners

MakeUseOf | 7/17/2019 | Dan Price
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When you sign up for Tumblr, it can be a little overwhelming. What is Tumblr and how does Tumblr work? What do you do on Tumblr and how do you post on Tumblr?

We’ll answer all those questions and more in this article explaining how to use Tumblr. Here are the most useful Tumblr tips that all new users need to know.


What Is Tumblr?

Tumblr launched in 2007. It is best described as a micro-blogging site which feels like a mix of Twitter, WordPress, and Facebook.

Users - Text - Images - Videos - Audio

Users can post text, images, videos, audio, and links. If you follow the blogs of other users, you’ll see the content they post in your own feed.

The content on Tumblr is enormously varied. You can find Tumblr blogs dedicated to everything from fashion to space exploration. There are currently hundreds of millions of blogs on the service.

Tumblr - Account - Blog - Tumblr - Blogs

When you make a Tumblr account, you will automatically have a new blog created for you. However, you can make additional Tumblr blogs on the same user account.

To make another Tumblr blog, click on your profile picture in the upper right-hand corner and go to Tumblrs > New.

Page - Blog - Name - URL - Blog

The page will prompt you to give your new blog a name, choose the URL, and decide whether you want the blog to be public or private. You can also add password protection so only approved people can see what you post.

When you first log into Tumblr, you’ll arrive at your account’s dashboard. It’s like the news feed on Facebook.

Dashboard - List - Content - Blogs

The dashboard is a real-time list of all the new content on all the blogs you follow. It is organized chronologically.

On the right-hand side of the page, you’ll see a list of recommended blogs for you to follow (based on what you’re already following) and the Radar. The Radar features a post that’s trending across...
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