Tumblr is a microblogging service that has recently become one of the foremost social media sites on the Internet. If you’re interested in learning how to use Tumblr but you don’t know where to begin, simply follow the steps outlined in this article and you’ll soon be on the fast track to being Tumblr famous.
Go to Tumblr to sign up for an account. You will need to choose a username, which will act as your display name on the Tumblr dashboard, as well as part of the URL of your blog ("yourusername" dot tumblr dot com). Your username is not permanent, however; you may change it at any time by going to your blog settings.
Get to know the seven different types of posts. These types are varied to allow your best approaches to be put forward; you may even like to try each style over time. The seven types of posts are as follows: Text. A text post consists of plain text. Images, hyperlinks, videos, and some HTML-based widgets can be added. The raw HTML of the post can be edited. Photo. A photo post consists of a single image accompanied by a brief description. Photos can be uploaded from your PC, or you can use the URL of an image already on the web. Quote. A quote post consists of title text (the quote) and a single line of body text (citing the origin of the quote). Link. A link post consists entirely of a single piece of descriptive text, which is linked to the website or webpage being described. Chat. A chat post is used to share a snippet of conversation. Audio. An audio post consists of a single .mp3 file (be it a music track, podcast, etc.), which can be played via a Flash music player. Only one audio post is permitted daily. Video. A video post consists of an embedded video, which can be uploaded from your PC or imported from websites such as YouTube or Vimeo.
Follow people and get your own followers. Followers are fellow Tumblr users who subscribe to your blog. Whatever you post will appear on their dashboard. When you follow other Tumblr users, their posts will then appear on your dashboard. If a person you don't want following you does so, you can block them. The more followers you get, the more chance you have of getting your posts reblogged and liked.
Like and reblog. If someone likes your post so much that they want to share it, they can reblog it. If someone reblogs one of your posts, their followers will see it on their dashboards. If someone doesn't want to reblog your post, they can 'like' your post. You can reblog and like the posts of others. All posts are rated with the "notes" they get. With each 'reblog' and 'like,' the posts increment one note.
Understand messages. If you allow access to your Ask box, you can receive questions from anyone who uses Tumblr, as well as anonymous visitors. Your answers to these questions will be posted to your blog, for all of your followers and visitors to see. You can also send fan mail, which is similar to asking or submitting something to someone, but more focused on giving positive comments to another person about their blog.
Queuing and drafts. If you wish to publish a string of posts while you're offline, you can add the posts to your queue and choose at which intervals of time they'll be published (for example, every 15 minutes). Alternatively, you can appoint a certain time at which the posts are published, including date and time. These features are helpful if you're going on holiday and still want to blog, but won't have an Internet connection during your vacation. Drafts, meanwhile, allow you to save a post online; you can then finish the post when you next log onto Tumblr and publish it whenever you wish.
Customize your Tumblr. The Customize page gives you access to all of the under-the-hood settings for your blog and is split into several sections. Info. Choose the title of your blog, alter the sidebar description, select an avatar image, and change your username/URL. Theme. Select from a range of pre-made themes for your blog. Alternatively, create your own HTML code, to completely personalize your blog. Appearance. Change your background/header image, tagline, etc. Some themes allow room for advanced features like a list of your favorite posts or who you're following. Pages. Add/delete/edit web pages on your blog. Creating an About page or an FAQ page is common practice among Tumblr users. Services. Use this pane to hook your blog up to other websites like Facebook and Twitter. Community. Change privacy settings for your Ask box and set up a user submissions page. Advanced. This is where you'll find any other options, including time zone selection, custom CSS, and how many posts you wish to display per page on your blog.
Post your own original content. To optimize the quality of your posts, ensure that text is well-written, images are relevant, and you keep to the theme of your blog, if you have one. The most popular Tumblr users are those who dedicate their blogs to a certain purpose. Add relevant tags to your posts, so that users searching for a certain topic are more likely to stumble upon your blog. It's also a good idea to cite the sources of things you did not write/create, or you'll be accused of plagiarizing. To protect yourself from plagiarism, type the URL of your own blog in the 'Source' box on the sidebar of the post composition page. Ensure that your material is interesting, and post at least once a day, or your followers will get bored with your inactivity and may even unfollow you.