Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform that churns out more than 64 million posts daily. There are 57.5 million blogs on Tumblr, which might seem intimidating to anyone not already using it.
Although the emphasis is on visuals and many tumblr blogs are image-heavy, like all platforms it has a variety of users who use it in a variety of ways. Here is a quick how-to guide that will have you sorted in no time.
Tumblr is very user friendly no matter what you want to do with it. Just like Wordpress and other blogging platforms you can save drafts, schedule posts, add text, photo, video, follow other bloggers etc. These are all located on the dashboard in the form of colourful icons.
The tabs at the top of the dashboard allow you to filter between views: either just your posts orthose from people you follow. Each post in the dashboard has a series of buttons at the top-right, which let you engage with others by re-blogging and liking their posts.
If you want to keep all of your favorite posts in one place, the little heart at the right corner of each post is your friend. You can then click the heart tab on the far-right to access all of the things you’ve liked in one place.
One of the most fun things about Tumblr is the ability to customize themes. Themes offer the ability to customize the look, feel and functionality of your blog. There are hundreds of great themes available for free, and even better ones for a price. You can add your own touches by editing HTML, changing colours and font, adding pages and background images, etc.
How to use it
Some use Tumblr to write and create original content, for example, to document lifestyle, travels, milestones or to showcase work. It’s also a very popular site for curating and there are a number of parody blogs, topical blogs and downright random blogs. So really you can do whatever you want, however you want, and you’ll fit right in.
Tumblr has a series of tags, which you can view in Explore, that separate individual posts by different interests – for example art, humor, music, fashion, television, etc. A select group of people manage each tag and hand-pick posts best-suited for the category. Additionally, Spotlight is a Tumblr feature that showcases various noteworthy blogs within each tag. By authorizing Gmail, Twitter and Facebook, you can see which of your friends are already using the platform.