A primary blog is the one you created when you signed up for Tumblr. It gives you full use of Tumblr’s social features, including follow, like, reply, ask, and submit.
Secondary blogs are any blogs you create in addition to your primary blog. You can create up to 10 of these per day. Secondary blogs can also:
Secondary blogs cannot, however, follow other blogs, like posts, ask questions to other users, or submit posts to other blogs.
|Primary Blog||Secondary Blog|
|Initiate Social Features (Follow, Like, Ask, Submit → to other blogs)|
|Receive Social Features (Follow, Like, Ask, Submit → from other blogs)|
No, you have to create a new account to start a new primary blog. You can change the URL of your existing primary blog, though, if that helps at all.
No, but you can create a secondary blog and password protect that one.
Note: If you want to create a new primary blog, you'll have to log out of your current account and create a new account with a different email address. There is no way to have two primary blogs associated with one email address.
Group blogs are blogs with multiple members (the name “Group blog” was not intended to be mysterious). Only secondary blogs can be group blogs.
On the Members page, click the “Promote to admin” button next to the user you’d like to promote. Note that there are no demotions in group blogging. Once you make someone an Admin, you won’t be able to take away their admin privileges or remove them from the blog. It’s a one-way trip.
Password-protected blogs are exactly what they sound like. You can customize the theme and add members just like any other secondary blog, but the blog cannot be followed (and therefore won’t show up in anyone’s dashboard), and its posts cannot be liked or reblogged.
Nope. A primary blog is public-facing, so you can’t prevent someone from looking at it, following it, viewing pages on it, or accessing its RSS feed. If you feel shy or skittish about the stuff you’re posting, you can start a secondary blog and password protect that, of course. But primary blogs are where you live large and in-charge.
Social features, huh? Neat question. Tumblr has a bunch of stellar social features, that’s for sure.
Follow: If you see a blog you like, follow it. Now everything they post will show up in your dashboard. It’s kind of like getting married, but to a blog instead of a person and you live in a dashboard instead of a house.
Like: You like a post? Click it right in the heart.
Reply: Need words to express your feelings about a post? Fine. You can respond directly on your Dashboard via the reply bubble on the bottom of the post. If you don't see it there, it may be because you’ve followed that user for less than two weeks. Otherwise you can assume that the user simply doesn’t allow replies, hasn’t enabled them, or is a lone wolf who doesn’t play by the rules.
Ask: Like asking questions? Got a question you’d like to ask another user? If they’ve enabled the Ask feature, you’ll find an Ask button or link on the blog’s main page. You can also hover over blog avatars on the Dashboard, click the person icon that appears, then select "Ask a question" in the dropdown.
Submit: Some blogs are all about making original posts, some are all about reblogging other people’s. Somewhere in between are blogs that take submissions. If you see a Submit button on their blog, just click it and compose a post you’d like for them to consider publishing. (It’s up to the blog admin as to whether or not your submission actually gets posted, of course.)
Fan Mail: Send handsome digital letters directly to other bloggers. Pick out stationery and everything. It's similar to the Ask feature, but you can’t send messages anonymously, and you can’t publish received messages to your blog.
Just a heads up: changing your URL will break any existing links to your blog, including those in already-published Tumblr posts and reblogs. Your followers won’t be affected, though, and they’ll still see all your stuff come through their dashboard.
And by the way: after you save it, we still hold your old URL for 24 hours, just in case you change your mind, or you want to use it on one of your secondary blogs. After that, though, your URL is released into the wild. Wish it well.
Sorry, we don’t release taken, dormant, or terminated URLs/web addresses, nor can we put you in touch with the account owner(s). If you get an error message when trying to register an apparently unused URL, the blog may have been terminated. If you have a registered trademark or have found a clear case of impersonation, contact us at the link below. You can help us with the review process by attaching a copy of your active trademark documentation and otherwise demonstrating your connection to the trademark.
Any links to your blog that people have put in posts, reblogs, or have bookmarked will break, so, uh, be sure to keep this in mind before making any changes.
No, those will be beautifully unaffected.
Aw, fine. Visit www.tumblr.com/docs/account for details.
Time zone changes will not affect published posts, only posts published or edited after the change. Careful: the very fabric of space-time is at stake.
|point A-record (IP address) to 188.8.131.52|
|Three or More Levels
(e.g. www.mywebsite.com, blog.mywebsite.com, or mywebsite.co.uk)
|point CNAME record to "domains.tumblr.com"|
Your registrar should have instructions on how to implement the proper CNAME or A-record.
Okay, now head over to Tumblr:
Nope, you’re beautiful just the way you are.
After re-configuring your domain, you may need to wait up to 72 hours for the changes to take effect. If you visit the subdomain or domain and your Tumblr blog is showing up just fine, then congrats, all is well and good, stop fiddling around with this stuff.
If you see a Tumblr error page, but not your actual blog, it means you’ve at least correctly pointed the domain to Tumblr but haven’t configured your blog to use it yet. You should probably take care of that.
They will automatically be redirected to your new custom domain (i.e., david.tumblr.com will redirect to davidslog.com).
We’re unable to support many of the issues that crop up, so it’s best if you ask a friend who has done this before. Or consult a trusted authority figure. A firefighter, for example.
Yes, you can toggle tweeting on and off by clicking the blue Twitter bird on the post form. Blue bird = on. Gray bird = off.
Yep! Just click the Twitter icon to open the text field, customize your tweet, then click “Done.”
First, make sure your Twitter and Tumblr accounts are connected by following the instructions above. Next, you’ll need to install a theme that supports the Twitter widget. Finally, configure your theme settings at www.tumblr.com/customize. There should be a Twitter section under Appearance Options where you can turn the widget on or off.
That’s out of our hands. A tweet of a photo post, for example, may or may not have an image preview attached, and who even knows how they’ll handle a Chat post.
Assuming your accounts are connected correctly (as described above), tweeting could be delayed due to Twitter network issues. Yeah, that’s probably what’s going on. Stinkin’ network issues. Also, make sure the Twitter icon in the post form is blue before you publish. (If it’s gray, that means you’ve turned off tweeting for that specific post.)
Go to https://twitter.com/settings/applications and click “Revoke access” next to Tumblr, then complete the connection steps above. If that doesn’t help, make sure you’ve enabled pop-ups on your browser.
If you don't want to send every single post to Facebook, leave "Share posts on your Facebook Timeline" switched off. When creating a new post, just click the Facebook icon at the bottom of the post form to share it.
Sure, why not. After connecting Tumblr to Facebook, go back to your the Preferences page on Facebook and select the Page you’d like to post to. After saving the change, your posts will appear on the selected Page instead of on your personal timeline. The Facebook Page must be associated with the Facebook account you've connected to.
No, not at the moment.
Not really. We can’t control how Tumblr content displays on Facebook, including where the content appears on your Facebook profile and which thumbnails get used.
Facebook only displays a certain number of posts so that there’s less clutter on the feed. Your post may be a victim of their algorithms.
Posting may be delayed at times due to Facebook network issues. Also, make sure the Facebook icon is blue when creating a new post. (If it’s gray, that means you’ve turned off posting to Facebook for that specific post.)
If that doesn’t help, make sure you’ve enabled pop-ups on your browser.