This presentation explains why Tumblr is such a good choice for people who want to create a blog, and then gives some instructions in how to use it. It was created for the Cedar Falls Christian Writers' Workshop, June 19-22, 2013.
OverviewWe will take a look at Tumblr,talk about why you need a blog on Tumblr,show you how to set up your Tumblr account,how to customize your blog,how to post (and the types of posts),and how to connect with others on Tumblr.
Tumblr: What is it?A micro blogging tool, likeTwitter, with a variety offormats for creatingposts.Posts include text, photos,links, quotes, audio &video.Tumblr is visually engaging.
Words of Praise for Tumblr"Tumblr, the visual blogging platform, is a hidden gem ofthe blogging world. For organizations with visual content,a younger demographic (though not a requirement), anda commitment to regular blogging, Tumblr may be theperfect blogging channel.Tumblr is low on the time-commitment scale; posting aphoto with a caption, ―reblogging‖ content from anotherblog, or adding a short phrase or image ideal contentgenre within the Tumblr culture. "http://communityorganizer20.com/2013/03/06/five-nonprofit-organizations-connecting-with-tumblr/FIVE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS CONNECTING WITH TUMBLR. 06 March 2013
Two kinds of activity on Social Media:Creators and CuratorsA report by Pew Internet Research (August 2012)• 46% of adult internet users post original photos orvideos online that they themselves have created. Wecall them creators.• 41% of adult internet users take photos or videos thatthey have found online and repost them on sitesdesigned for sharing images with many people. We callthem curators.Overall, 56% of internet users do at least one of thecreating or curating activities we studied and 32% ofinternet users do both creating and curating activities.http://pewinternet.org/Commentary/2012/March/Pew-Internet-Social-
Why use it to create a blog?Tumblr is a great tool for writers: you can get a blog up inno time and spend a few minutes a day developing it,instead of considerably more time with a regular blog.As noted, you can post original content, link to content, orrepost/reblog something you see on another Tumblrblog.Because it is easy to use, youre more likely to postfrequently. I’ve been using it for over six years and loveit!Youll also be part of something big: According to Tumblr’s
How much time do people spendon social media sites?http://www.zdnet.com/blog/igeneration/how-long-do-we-spend-on-social-media-sites-infographic/15415By Charlie Osborne for iGeneration |February 28, 2012 -- 14:30 GMTAn Infographic.While Facebook stilldominates the socialmedia scene, Tumblr andPinterest have captureda lot of attention andpeople are spending
Find your FocusMy Tumblr is focused on EducationalTechnology and I follow a number of Tumblrblogs on the same topic.Think about your passion—is it genealogy,gardening, or grandchildren? Reflect that inyour title and the "blurb" you will write.I will show you how you will share thisinformation with others as you customizeyour Tumblr page.
Step one – Set up your account with Tumblrhttps://www.tumblr.com/loginClick on the Sign up link atthe bottom of the screen.Choose a password andusername and includeyour email address.
Step two -- Tell us what you loveClick on thecategories you seeand Tumblr findsblogs you may wantto follow.
Step three--find friends to followNext, you can chooseto let Tumblr searchyour Facebookfriends list or Gmailcontacts, to see ifanyone you know isalready on Tumblr.You can also skipthis step.
Step four -- find Apps for yourdevicesNext, Tumblr asks youif you have any ofthe followingdevices:• an iPhone or iPad• An Android device• Windows phoneThere are Tumblrapps to downloadfor each device.
See your blog--and dashboardNow you see yourblog (and posts fromanyone youfollowed, by clickingon categories &choosing to followspecific blogs)This is the dashboard:see the icons forposts.
Guide to iconsTypes of Posts: Text,Photo, Quote, Link, Chat,Audio, VideoHome: your accountEnvelope: privatemessages?: Questions/HelpGear: SettingsCircle with line on top:Logout
More icons to knowYou may see a postfeatured at the sidethat you do notfollow. This is like ashowcase.Plus sign--followTwo arrows, goingopposite ways --reblog or repostHeart -- like
Searching TumblrUse the search bar to lookfor blogs with similartopics--or Find blogs.Click on Posts (see numberof total posts) to seeONLY your postsClick on Following to seewho all youre following,or to search by email,URL, or username.Click on Followers to seewho is following you.
So, lets customize your blogClick on the gears/settingsOn account, you will seeyour email & password(you can change yourpassword here). You canchoose how to edit yourposts. Save yourchoices.Dashboard: check items onthe list of options. Save.Email: do you want to benotified if new followers?Save.
Customize Your Blog, cont.Click on the final item: the name ofyour blog.Then click on avatar to select yourpicture & upload.Next, find the word customize undertheme.This brings up a series of boxes atthe left, letting you pick a theme(design).Under that, you can edit the name ofyour blog and write a briefstatement about the purpose ofyour blog. You can also tweakyour themes colors and styles.Dont forget to save changes & close.
Now, lets add some contentHere are a few Ideas--Post a brief introduction ofyourself.Post a picture that meanssomething to you & helpscapture the topic or focusof your blog.Post a link to a webresource that you foundthat relates to your topic.You use the dashboardpage to compose yourposts, using the varioustemplates.You are not restricted to acertain number ofcharacters, as you arewith Twitter.If you post a picture, add acaption to explain it.
To See your Blog,Look at the dashboard page and find the nameof your blog & its URL.Click on the URL to launch your blog, as itappears to others.You can also click on your photo/avatar tolaunch the page.
Have a question?Click on the ? to go tothe Tumblr Help.http://www.tumblr.com/helpWant to exploretopics?http://www.tumblr.com/exploreA list of tags
Check out my Tumblr--and a fewmore!http://cherieedtech.tumblr.com/Cherie’s Tumblr pagehttp://wilwheaton.tumblr.com/Wil Wheatonhttp://techedblog.tumblr.com/TechEdBloghttp://yeahwriters.tumblr.com/YeahWritershttp://libraryofahipster.tumblr.com/http://sparkauthors.tumblr.com/Sparkauthorshttp://writersrelief.tumblr.com/Writers Reliefhttp://newsweek.tumblr.com/Newsweekhttp://thewritewire.tumblr.com/The Write Wire
Questions? Need help?Cherie Dargancheriedargan@gmail.comCatch me between sessions and we will find afew minutes to do some troubleshooting.