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A crash course in Tumblr 101

Follow a blog or two

Tumblr is a social networking blog — meaning you probably want to broadcast your content to more than just yourself. It aggregates content by following other users, looking at liked posts, as well as a number of other factors.

Simply go to the Tumblr dashboard, click on the Find blogs button on the right-hand side, and sort through the list of blog categories. You can also search tags and contacts for specific people and friends. To follow a particular blog, hover over its profile image and click the Follow option. Other users can find you in a similar fashion and Tumblr will notify you whenever you gain a new follower.

How to use Tumblr: Follow

 Tapping into tags

How to use Tumblr: Tags

Tags on Tumblr are a great way for users to find posts about a specific topics, similar to hashtags on Twitter. When you create a post, regardless of the content type, you can insert tags in box with the tag icon above Create post. Make sure to separate tags by a comma if you want to include more than one. Note: You don’t need to put a tag in quotes or start with hashtag.

Tags are efficient way of categorizing and organizing posts, but they only show up using certain themes. However, you can always search tags at the top right-hand corner of the Tumblr dashboard.

 Like and reblogging

How to use Tumblr: Reblogging

Liking and reblogging posts on Tumblr is one of the easiest things to do — and one of the best ways to make a name for yourself in the vast Tumblr community. Click the heart icon in the upper right-hand corner of a post to like it or click the double arrows beside the heart to automatically import a post into your own blog. Once you click the reblog feature, you will be given the usual posting options so you can add commentary, set a publish time or save it as a draft, among other things. Like new followers, Tumblr will notify you whenever anyone likes or reblogs one of your posts.

Tips and tricks

  • You can make any post answerable on Tumblr if you end your post in the form of a question. Ask the question (using a question mark, in case that wasn’t obvious) and an option to allow others to answer it will appear at the bottom of the post. Make sense?
  • Check out Tumblr’s tips and grab Bookmarklet. All you have to do is drag the button to your bookmarks bar and click it whenever you find something you want to share on the web. Read a fantastic article in the New York Times this morning? Just click the Bookmarklet button to automatically link to the article on your blog. Link your Tumblr blog to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can do so by adding your Twitter handle or Facebook profile URL under the Appearance options while customizing your blog’s theme. Be sure to also sign in to your Facebook and Twitter accounts so your blog posts will automatically be shared on your Timeline and Twitter. Click the gear icon at the top of the dashboard to toggle sharing on.
  • The biggest way to gain a following and solidify your renowned Tumblr status is get involved. Like posts, reblog them, and follow people. If someone follows you, check out their blog or follow them back!
  • Keyboard shortcuts — we know you love them.
Keyboard shortcut Function
J + up arrow Move forward through posts
K + down arrow Move backward through posts
L Like current post
N See the notes
Spacebar View when navigating through a photoset or video
Shift + R Fast reblog when navigating to a post 
Shift + E Add the post to your Queue when navigating to a post
Z + Tab Switch between the dashboard and your blogs

What do you think of our short (but sweet) guide to using Tumblr? Do you have any more questions or need help with something a tad more advanced? Let us know in the comments below. Fire away.

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