Thursday, July 8, 2010

Technology Lesson: How to Post an Entry Using Tumblr

The most important function of your Tumblr is posting entries/articles. (From there the most important thing is appropriate grammar, correct spelling, and attribution.) Today we'll examine how you post entries.

Turn on your computer, connect to the Internet, and open your browser. Direct your browser to Log in to your account.

When you log in to your account, you'll see your dashboard. This is where you can read entries from blogs you are following, post entries, and modify your blog's settings and appearance. The top row says TEXT PHOTO QUOTE LINK CHAT AUDIO VIDEO. When you click one of these icons you tell Tumblr what you're posting. We'll start with PHOTO.


If you are uploading an image from your computer (or external hard drive), click BROWSE and select the image you want to upload.

If the image is located on a remote server (hopefully your own) click USE URL INSTEAD and paste the URL.

The text box, or CAPTION, below is optional. I think you should provide a few words regarding the image. (Especially if it is not yours. It's called attribution, people!)

If you want to take a photo using a Web cam, click TAKE A PHOTO! If you want to add more than one photo, click +ADD ANOTHER PHOTO.

This is my screen before the entry was posted:

You can also upload an image when you ADD A TEXT POST:

Just click the tree icon. When you hover your mouse over the icon it says INSERT/EDIT IMAGE. The rest of this screenshot is fairly self-explanatory. Write your post and when you're ready, click CREATE POST.

Tumblr also has a quote template. It looks like this:

Provide the quote in the appropriate box and provide the source below. Providing the source is optional. (I think you should definitely do it.)

 A CHAT POST is almost exactly the same. The content should include a conversation (digital, overheard, read, etc.) and is provided in the appropriate dialogue box. Very little is "required" here.

An AUDIO POST must contain an audio file. The posting procedures are similar to the photo post we walked through above. However, you may only post one audio file per day, files must be MP3s, and you are limited to 10 MB.

You may embed or provide a file for a VIDEO POST. Embedding a file is the default option. If you click the tab next to it, you can upload a file from your computer. (It must be less than five minutes and under 100 MB.) If you want to embed the file, you can include a link to the video or the embed code. You can include a caption (again, optional, but you should do it) in the box below.

For every type of post:

The sidebar on the right specifies when you want your entry posted, if you want it sent to Twitter, and which tags to add.
When you're ready, click CREATE POST!

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