Keep Your Readers Up To Date With Tumblr

Tumblr has been a very renowned service since its launch in 2007, and even the huge downtime they had last year didn’t seem to affect their popularity. Two years after launching, in 2009, Tumblr acquired Tumblerette, a very popular iPhone app for the blogging service. Today it’s simply called Tumblr and it’s available in the App Store for free.

In this article I’ll be talking about this app’s functionality, what you can do with it and why it’s so great to keep your blog updated on the go.

Getting Started

The first time you launch the app you’re required to either log in or sign up. If you don’t have an account on Tumblr, you can sign up right from within the app by providing an email, a password and a URL for your blog.

Logging in and signing up

Logging in and signing up

After that, you’re greeted with all the blogs you follow (unless you just signed up, of course).

Creating A New Post

If you’re not familiar with Tumblr, it’s a very simple blogging system, and the great thing is that it lets you add new content using what you could call “predefined templates.” You can add simple text entries like in any blog, but you can also add pictures, links, quotes and dialogues, audio, and even video.

Creating a new post

Creating a new post

The great thing about the app, is that adding media content is very easy (even easier than from the web). Adding audio for example, is as easy as tapping on the Audio button and recording right on your phone. You just need to tap the record button and add some text, and hit Post — the same goes for photos and videos. Simple choose that post type, take a picture (or select one from the Camera Roll), and you’re done.

Recording an audio post and posting a picture

Recording an audio post and posting a picture

Changing Your Posts’ Options

When creating a new entry, you can slide to the left to reveal some options. You can publish your post on different blogs (which we’ll get to on the next section), change when the post will appear, add some tags and even publish to Twitter if you have that configured. Unfortunately, you have to configure your Twitter account from the web, you can’t do it from within the app. By default, the message published to Twitter is just the post’s title and a link to it, but you can change it by tapping Customize Tweet.

A post's options and customizing the tweeted message

A post's options and customizing the tweeted message

If you want to change when the post will appear for example, you can tap tap on Publish Options and then select whatever suits you best. You can publish it right away, on a specific date and time, add it to the posts queue, save it as a draft and even publish it as a private post (so only you have access to it).

Adding a post to the queue means it’ll be added to a list of posts that are waiting to be published. These are published automatically by Tumblr at a specified interval. You can change this setting on the site by choosing, for example, to post once or twice a day.

Changing when and how a post will be published

Changing when and how a post will be published

Managing Your Blogs & Other Goodies

One of the great things about Tumblr is that you can have multiple blogs. You can manage all of them right from within the app, and keep all of them up-to-date. Unfortunately, to add a new blog, you have to create it from the web, you can’t do it on your iPhone. Once you’ve done that, they’ll appear on the Blogs tab at the bottom. There you can check your drafts, your message queue, questions you’ve been asked on your blog (you can even answer them, if you have that option enabled of course), and customize your Tumblog’s title and description.

Managing your blogs and finding new blogs to follow

Managing your blogs and finding new blogs to follow

Also, from the Account tab, you can find some blogs to follow. Tapping that button will show you some featured blogs, and you’ll be able to use your contacts to find some friends to follow.

Conclusions

This is a great app built for a great service. The interface is very intuitive and clean, and the app’s very robust. There are some downsides, however. For example, you can’t link your Twitter or Facebook accounts to your blogs from the app, and you can’t change some of the settings unless you log on to Tumblr’s website. Apart from that, the app is awesome, very easy to use and extremely powerful. Heck, there are some things that are easier to do on my iPhone than on the web itself.

If you’re a Tumblr power user, this app is a must-have. It makes it very easy to keep your blog updated on the go, with very useful and powerful features. Plus, it’s a free download, which makes it that much better!


Summary

Keep your Tumblog updated with this great app.

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