Blogging for Beginners

My Tumblr Experience (Update Sep 26, 2016)



Refer to Milestone Marker: YATB (yet another Tumblr blog) for the explanation of the strike through.

This post is in response to question asked by Kyla Matton Osborne in the Daily Accountability Thread – Week of April 18th.

The question was about my “experience with Tumblr”.  Started typing up the answer and what was intended to be a KISS answer (KISS = Keep It Short and Simple) resulted in this full blown post.  🙂

(Ahem.) My Tumblr Experience:

Once upon a time, there was a lower case letter “t” that lived in a dark blue square … just kidding.  🙂

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The design of the Tumblr platform is to make sharing easy. It does just that. Via the dashboard you can write text, share a photo, a quote, a link or a video.  (There are also chat and audio features which I’ve never used.)  Additionally, I use a web browser extension, Add This, that makes it even easier to share via Tumblr.

If you don’t have Tumblr followers, it’s hard to derive monetary benefits; and it takes a lot of persistence to drive traffic to the blog. That’s the way it is for me.  This is “my experience”.

I started out with one Tumblr blog. Now I have five; 3 are aimed at niches (food, entertainment, shopping) and one is just my randomness. My main blog – Express Yourself! – is personal and business – published posts are my thoughts, opinions and links on a wide of range of topics that interest me, along with tips and advice for work at home professionals, home business and online entrepreneurs.

Part of MY problem has been MY own learning curve.

Agree with Kyla that the Tumblr platform is somewhat “foreign”. The knowledge accumulated on how to use it has been self-taught. There are ways to monetize which I did not know in the beginning. My first archived post dates back to 2012. It’s 2016. After several years I’m just finding out about them and how to use them  (such as  Infolinks; VigLink; Limk; Content.Ad). 

Additionally, I think if I understood Google Analytics more, and some of the other Google Webmaster Tools, I could probably tweak my blogs and get more out of them. This too is filed under “HUGE Learning curve”.

Tumblr is perfect for blogging, micro-blogging and social sharing. It gives me a place on the web to share my work found elsewhere on the web, with an audience that might not be elsewhere on the web. 🙂

For example: Tumblr can be connected to various other platforms like WordPress, Scoop.it, etc.

– My blog here at BlogJob (which utilizes the WordPress application) is connected to one of my Tumblr blogs so that whenever I generate a post, it is automatically shared via Tumblr. Why do that? Because I can’t get my Tumblr audience to come over here. So I have to take my stuff over there to them.  🙂

Scoop.it is a blogging and content curation tool that I was invited to try years ago. ( See Blogging Tips and Tricks From an Amateur.)  My Scoop.it account is connected to another one of my Tumblr, so a blog entry (a link share or a “scoop”) posted there can be shared simultaneously or shared later to Tumblr.

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Summary:

Being able to link Tumblr to various other platforms facilitates content sharing and provides the possibility of reaching a larger audience.  The worldwide web is a gigantic ocean and your blog post can sink to the bottom as soon as you hit the publish button, no matter how good you think the entry is, UNLESS you make diligent efforts to circulate content and try to push it to the surface for people to find and view.  Tumblr can be used for that purpose.

1st published on: Apr 21, 2016
 



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