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15 June 2012

The Tumblr Dashboard

Tumblr has a fairly simple dashboard for accessing and maintaining your blogs.

Tumblr Main Dashboard

The links across the top of the page give you access to your dashboard, each blog that you've created, the ability to create a new blog, your message inbox, help, preferences, and logging out.

The top word balloon contains links that allow you to create a new post of one of the following types for your primary blog: Text, Photo, Quote, Link, Chat, Audio, or Video.

The word balloons below this show not only the posts from your primary blog, but also posts from other blogs that you follow.


The menu on the right contains the following links:
  • Liked posts shows you all of the posts that you've liked.
  • Following blogs shows you a list of all the blogs that you follow and allows you to unfollow them. It also gives you access to a Spotlight page and a People you know page. The Spotlight page allows you to visit the blogs that are being spotlighted by category. The People you know page allows you to link up with people via Gmail, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Find blogs takes you to the Spotlight page.
  • Explore Tumblr takes you to a page that allows you to explore Tumblr blogs by category. The scrolling pictures at the top give access to the categories with the latest posts.
The Search box allows you to search for posts by tag or to search the Tumblr help documentation.

The picture under the search box is automatically generated. I don't know whether it's completely random or somehow based on the types of blogs that you follow. Clicking on it takes you to the associated blog page. Clicking on the plus sign causes you to follow that blog. Clicking on the arrows causes you to reblog that blog post. Clicking on the heart causes you to like that post.

When you select one of your blogs, the menu on the right changes to allow you to maintain that blog.

Tumblr Blog Dashboard

The top word balloon contains links that allow you to create a new post of one of the following types for the currently selected blog: Text, Photo, Quote, Link, Chat, Audio, or Video.

The balloons below this contain the posts for this blog. Since the width of the balloons is fairly narrow, your posts will not necessarily appear formatted like they are on the actual blog post page.

The menu on the right contains the following links:
  • Open [blog name] opens a page showing your selected blog.
  • Customize theme opens a page that lets you choose from among a large number of themes (some free and some paid) and then customize your chosen theme to look the way you want.
  • Blog Settings allows you to set certain preferences for the selected blog.
  • Posts shows all the posts for the selected blog along with a line of info for each instance that someone else has liked a post.
  • Messages shows you messages related to the selected blog.
  • Drafts shows uncompleted posts.
  • Queue shows posts that are scheduled but have not yet been posted. Queueing posts allows you to enter several posts at one time and then have them published on a schedule that you determine. It's useful for keeping your blog active when you're unavailable.
  • Mass Post Editor takes you to a page where you can select multiple posts and perform the same changes to them.
The Search box allows you to search for posts by tag or to search the Tumblr help documentation.

I found navigation to be a bit confusing in the beginning, but after I got used to it, it was easy enough to use. I had a blog site up and running and my first post published within a few hours.

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