Join Justin Seeley for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating simple text posts, part of Up and Running with Tumblr.
Now it's time to actually start publishing stuff here on Tumblr. In order to do that, we're going to utilize the Tumblr blocks that we discussed earlier in the series. The first block that we're going to cover is the text block. So I am going to show you how to create a simple text post using the text block here inside of Tumblr. In order to do that, you have to be logged into your Tumblr dashboard, and then simply click the icon labeled text right here. Once you click on that, it takes you to a simple posting screen. You'll be able to name your post here with the title element, and then enter in all of the post information here.
This is just like a word processor. You can type, free range, anything you want in here. You have the ability to stylize it with tools like bold, italic, strikethrough, bulleted list, numbered list, quotes; you can even add photos, links, spellcheck, and more tags as well. At the very end, there's a little link that says HTML. If you click this, you'll be taken out of the rich editor, and into the HTML editor. This is for more advanced users that know how to write their own HTML code.
If you're not familiar with HTML, my suggestion is just to simply ignore that button altogether. Let's go ahead and start off by adding a title to the post. So I will just call this Sample Post. I've already got some filler text copied to my clipboard, and I am simply going to paste that in. You can paste in text from Microsoft Word, TextEdit, or even InDesign; any text editing application will work, and it will paste directly into the Post editing window. Once you have your text in here, you can make any edits that you see fit. So for instance, if I wanted the first sentence to be in bold, I simply select it, and then click the B to make it bold.
If I need something to be italicized, I make a selection, and make it italic. If I need to strike through something, select it; strikethrough. I can even add bulleted or numbered lists. Let's see how to do that. I'll hit Return here to create some space. Then I will click the bulleted list button. I can type out List Item 1, List Item 2, List Item 3.
If I hit Return twice, it cancels out of that list format. To apply a numbered list, simply click here, and start typing. It's that simple. Now let's move down, and let's add a quotation. I will find this bit of text here, put my cursor at the beginning of the paragraph, and click the quote icon. You see there that it moves the text in, and indicates that it's now a block quote. If you want to add a photograph to your post, you simply put your cursor wherever you want that photo to appear, for instance here, and you can click the Upload icon right here, or simply hit Upload a photo from the top right-hand corner.
In this case, if I click this button, it asks for the Image URL, Image description, and Alignment options. This indicates that there's already a photo somewhere on the Internet. So in this case, I have a photo on my Desktop, so I need to upload it. So I will cancel this, and go right here. I will go into my Exercise Files folder, to my Assets, and the pics folder. Inside of pics, I will find one of the images -- in this case, I will use a photo of my dog, Tank -- and I will open that up.
It's automatically going to insert that for me. If I click on the image, you'll notice that it highlights. By selecting this icon here, I can change the attributes for the image. Let's set this to be aligned to the left, and let's set the Dimensions to be 300 pixels wide. There you see it automatically changed that photo for me to be left aligned, so the text wraps around it, and it's now 300 pixels wide. Pretty simple! Let's go down and add a link. Select this right here, click on the link button, Link URL; set that to lynda.com.
I can change the target to open in the same window, or in a new window. In this case, I will say new window. Then I will click Insert. Once I have clicked Insert, you will notice that it's highlighted blue, and underlined, indicating that it's now a link. The appearance of the link on the actual Web page will be determined by the theme's CSS. Now let's take a look at how we can utilize something called the more tag, or the read more break, in this case. I will scroll up to the top, to the first paragraph.
After the first paragraph, I will hit Return, and then click the read more break. Basically what this does is teases this post on the homepage. So if the user is reading this, they will see the first paragraph, and then a read more link, indicating that they need to click through to the actual post page to view the entire post. It's just a way of giving them a little bit, and making sure they stay on your Web page a little bit longer. Finally, let's check the spelling. If I go into my spellcheck here, I can check based on different languages.
Once I pick the language I want, I simply hit the checkmark, it goes through my document, and finds any errors that there might be. You'll notice that an error is indicated with a red squiggly line. When you click on an item that has a red squiggly line, it gives you suggestions about what to change it to. You can then choose to ignore the word, or ignore all, or change it to one of the options that you see here. I will click away from that to cancel, and let's focus on the right-hand side now. When I'm ready to publish my post, I have several different options that I can set. I can choose to publish now, add it to a queue, publish on a certain date, save it as a draft, or mark it as private.
In this case, I want to publish it now. So I will select that option. I can also change the post date. Now is selected by default. I could also enter in a date as well. Content source; if I click on this, you will see that it tells me that this is the page where the content quoted in the post was originally published. So if you've borrowed from someone, and posted it into this post, you can quote them here. You can also add post tags. So in this case, there's a lot of stuff about meat and bacon in this particular post, because I've got it from baconipsum.com.
So I will just add a few tags. As you can see, each and every time I add a tag, followed by a comma, it automatically adds it as a tag in the green box. Finally, I can set a custom post URL. If you already have the option set for descriptive URLs, you don't necessarily have to put anything here, because Tumblr will do that for you. But if you want to be descriptive on your own, you can certainly click, and add your own descriptive URL if you want to. Once you're ready to create your post, come down to the bottom left-hand corner, and either click Create post, or Preview.
In this case, I will preview it first. Clicking Preview opens the new post up in a new window or tab. Once you do that, you can scroll through and see everything in your post, and how it looks inside your theme. There's the bold text, my italicized text is right here, my struck through text is right here at the bottom, there are my list items, my block quote immediately above the photo of Tank, which is left- aligned, and 300 pixels wide, and then finally, my link down here at the bottom. Everything seems to be in place, so I am ready to go.
I will close up the preview, and inside of the Post window, I will click Create post. Once the post is created, you'll be taken back to your Dashboard, and the post will show here inside of the Dashboard stream. If you want to check and see that the post made it onto your homepage, visit your Tumblr site. You'll notice here that this post doesn't have the teaser, read more, that I added. This is controlled by the theme. So this theme doesn't necessarily support this, so there's nothing I can do about it.
It showcases the full post on the page. Any time you want to access a post by itself, you can click on the title element, and it takes you to that single post page. I will close this up, and return back to my Dashboard. Now that we've seen how to easily create text posts here inside of Tumblr, it's time to expand on that, and see some of the other creative block types that we have available to us.
- What is Tumblr?
- Touring the interface
- Exploring the Tumblr Blocks
- Creating a custom domain
- Understanding likes, reblogs, and notes
- Blocking and unblocking users
- Adjusting basic appearance settings
- Adding a logo
- Creating a post
- Editing multiple posts at once
- Inserting video and audio into pages
- Finding theme marketplaces
- Editing posts using HTML and markdown
- Adding comments with Disqus