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Get started with Tumblr

Learn how to use this free blogging tool

How to get started with Tumblr

 Step 1: Go to www.tumblr.com and click on the Sign Up button to create a free account. You’ll need to enter an email address, password, and unique username. Due to the millions of people who use Tumblr you might have to try a few different names until you find one that isn’t already taken. Then you’re all set.

Sign up to Tumblr

Step 2: Tumblr's dashboard is simple to use. Across the top of the screen are a set of icons with their descriptions below. Select the appropriate one for the style of post you want to create. The main area below the icons displays any new posts from your blog or others you subscribe to.

Explore the dashboard

Step 3: After you’ve chosen the style of post you’re taken to a screen with the relevant layout. Here we've chosen ‘Quote’ and are presented with a space to write our pithy remark and another space below to enter the source of the quote. On the right you can set when you want the post to appear and choose the all-important tags.

Make your first post

Step 4: Clicking on the Preview button opens a new tab showing how the post will appear to readers. You can change anything by simply closing the window, adjusting the text on the previous screen, then posting when you’re happy. Currently the blog name is ‘Untitled’ and the user icon is a generic picture. We'll address this now.

Preview the post

Step 5: Back on the dashboard screen we can click the ‘Pick Avatar’ option under the profile icon to change the picture. Next click on the ‘Unititled’ tab in the top right corner, which will select that blog’s page. Then select the ‘Customize Theme’ option, with which you can set about personalising the blog.

Choose an avatar

Step 6: The menu shows the current theme you’re using and information about the blog. In the box with ‘Title’ and ‘Description’ you can set the name of the blog and its tagline. You can also link to your Facebook and Twitter accounts in the box below. Clicking on ‘Themes’ in the top-left corner displays the many stylish options available, so dig in and have fun!

 Choose a theme


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