How to Use Tumblr for Blogging

October 27, 2010, By Christian Cawley

Tumblr is a popular full and micro-blogging format, a service that provides free accounts and a system that allows you to include a variety of post types.

Text, photos, links, full posts, quotes, audio and video content can all be added to tumblr, as can RSS feeds from elsewhere, making it a great way to aggregate all of your web-based content into one place.

Rather than being a direct competitor for Twitter, tumblr is more like a mashup of micro-blogging and full blogging. You could do far worse than adopting this platform for your own blog, and we’re going to take a look at how to use it, from setting up an account to posting content.

Signup to tumblr

To get started with tumblr, visit www.tumblr.com/register to open an account. This requires your email address, a password and a subdomain name – your page will have the title of http://MYPAGE.tumblr.com, so you need to choose something that will be easy to remember and quick to type in!

After login, you are immediately taken to the tumblr dashboard – this is the tumblr equivalent of the Twitter status update page, or the WordPress or Blogger dashboard. Ultimately, it is a control panel of links that allow you to post different types of content, and posting content is no more difficult than, say, typing an email.

Tumblr asks you to get started by uploading a photo to act as a portrait before then choosing an appearance or layout for your blog. This takes you to the tumblr Settings page and in the Theme menu several are available, ranging from premium to free. Custom themes can also be used here, and once a theme has been chosen, you can customize colour options using the Appearance option.

Publish to Your Tumblr Blog

In order to publish content to your tumblr blog, you need to be logged in and viewing your dashboard. To add a standard post, click on the Text option – this allows you to write and publish a standard length post and possibly include a photo. Additional options for all post types allow you to add a custom URL, you can also cite references as well as schedule the post for later and add tags.

However you might simply add a Photo – this can be uploaded from your PC or added from an external URL, or you might even use your web cam to take and upload a snap, and you can also add a caption.

With the Quote option, you can simply insert a famous – or not so famous – quote, adding an optional source. Meanwhile, you might just add a simple link, inserting just a title and the URL.

A Chat post is basically a recollection of a conversation, although it might even be some fictional dialogue you’re trying out; once posted, this is displayed with quotes.

Audio posts are limited to the uploading of one MP3 file per day in MP3 format, but you can also link to an external host for this. Similarly, Video content can be embedded from YouTube or Vimeo, or uploaded. Uploaded video posts to your tumblr blog can be 5.00 long per day and no more than 100MB in length.

Tumblr is a powerful and versatile platform for blogging or micro-blogging, with posting and media options that are superior to those of many other similar services. If you haven’t tried tumblr yet, click that link above and get started today!

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