The Wonder of Tech is pleased to welcome guest author Arielle, who has written about one of her favorite websites, Tumblr – a social networking site for micro-blogging.
If you love the idea of having a little space on the Internet that you can call your own, then you should check out Tumblr. Tumblr is a website where you can create your very own page and keep up-to-date with fun posts you create yourself or you find on Tumblr. Think of Tumblr as a way to express yourself through sharing text, photos, quotes, a link, a chat, audio or video. If you don’t have time for a full-blown blog like this one, Tumblr may be the best way for you to share your ideas with others easily and quickly.
Tumblr is also a great way to discover what others have shared. You can explore others’ Tumblr pages and find information, inspiration and humor. Be careful though, Tumblr can be addictive and you can spend hours on Tumblr without even realizing it.
The best part about Tumblr for me is that it always makes me feel something, but I never know what it’s going to make me feel. Some of the posts will get you laughing until you cry, others are really inspirational and others are truly beautiful and artistic. There are also people whose posts make you think, “Wait, are they watching me right now?” because their posts are so easy to relate to.
How to Get a Tumblr Page
Signing up for Tumblr is simple. Go to tumblr.com, click on the Sign up button, type in your email address, create a password and come up with a cool username! You can always change your username later if it’s not as cool as you originally thought it was.
Customizing Your Page
You can have fun customizing your Tumblr page by picking a background theme and a url (web address), which you can do by clicking on Customize My Blog.
Many people have topics for their Tumblr blogs, such as:
- all black and white,
- landscape photography, or
- fan pages of their favorite celebrities, movies or TV shows.
Or you could have a general Tumblr blog with everything that catches your fancy. You could also run two blogs at once if you want to have a general page and a topic page.
A lot of people share cool pictures that they’ve taken. Many people worry that they have to be professional photographers but the great thing about Tumblr is that you get to reblog other people’s Tumblr pictures that you like and they will appreciate the fact that you like their work.
My blog is mostly pictures that I have reblogged from other Tumblr pages but some people use their page as a journal to write and express what’s on their minds or what they are feeling.
A key piece of making a really amazing blog is picking a cool background theme. Tumblr has a lot of really cool, free themes but if you don’t like any of their themes then there are a lot of other free websites that have awesome themes too. Check out sites such as 60 Handpicked Beautiful Tumblr Themes for inspiration.
Custom Web Address
Also, Tumblr lets you pick your very own url (web address). You can pick a really cool and inspirational url but don’t worry, if you don’t like it you can always change your url later. For example your url could be http://theworldsbesttumblr.tumblr.com/.
Name Your Blog
You also get to be creative in picking a name for you blog. The name of your blog is the title, and can be different from your url. For example, the name (not the url) of my blog is “And life goes on…”
Tumblr has a free app for iPhone and Android so you can post from anywhere and check up on what other people have been posting too. You can get the app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store and for Android devices at Google Play.
There is so much more that can be done with Tumblr than I mentioned in this article, but in order to figure out Tumblr you’re going to have to check it out yourself to see exactly what I’m talking about. I read a post on Tumblr that once said:
I could not have said it better myself. So I hope you enjoy Tumblr as much as I do! Here’s the link if you want to check out my Tumblr blog: “And life goes on…” .
Thanks to Arielle for her wonderful post about Tumblr! Have you visited Tumblr? Do you have any favorite Tumblr blogs? Do you have a Tumblr blog? Let us know in the Comments section below!