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Tumblr For Dummies Portable Edition Edition

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Get your free Tumblr account and start sharing your content for the world to enjoy

From everyday people to all kinds of businesses, a wide range of users take advantage of Tumblr to get their messages out. With this guide, you'll find out how easy it is to join over 50 million Tumblr users to share text, photos, slideshows, quotes, and more. You'll have tons of fun as you learn to get more out of your Tumblr experience!

  • Get ready to Tumblr — quickly set up your account, select your preferences, and choose your theme

  • Make a splash — find out how to create your first post using text, photos, quotes, links, chats, audio files, and videos

  • Decisions, decisions — figure out what you want to post and then determine if you'll use original content or collected information

  • Take Tumblr for a spin — write new blogs, explore the sidebar, and launch your site

  • Become a good manager — from editing and deleting posts to making drafts and working with the queue, do it all

Open the book and find:

  • What Tumblr is and why you should use it

  • Steps for getting your account started

  • All about choosing the right theme

  • Ways to customize your Tumblelog

  • How to find other Tumblr users and gain followers

  • Tips for posting from your smartphone

  • Helpful hints for using the dashboard

Learn to:

  • Set up a Tumblr account and create your posts

  • Choose a theme and customize your Tumblelog

  • Follow other users and reblog their content

  • Post from your browser, smartphone, or e-mail

About the Author

Sue Jenkins is the founder of, and is the author of several books including Web Design All-in-One For Dummies. You can read her Tumblelog at


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Check out a list of Tumblr tips for developers (PDF), from the author.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; Portable Edition edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118335953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118335956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sue Jenkins is a web and graphic designer, illustrator, and fine art photographer. She is the owner and creative director of, a full-service web and graphic design studio serving businesses across the U.S. since 1997. In addition, Sue is an award-winning Adobe Certified Instructor, an Adobe Certified Expert, and an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at a small liberal arts university in Pennsylvania.

Sue has written many "For Dummies" and other instructional books on design including "Smashing Photoshop: 100 Professional Techniques", "Web Design For Dummies All-in-One Desk Reference", "Tumblr For Dummies, Portable Edition", "Dreamweaver CS5 For Dummies All-in-One Desk Reference", and "How To Do Everything Illustrator".

She also appears as the software instructor in several Adobe Software Training programs at and Titles include: "Designing Web Sites from Photoshop to Dreamweaver", "Design Aesthetics for Web Design", "Complete Training for Adobe Dreamweaver CS6", "Complete Training for Adobe Photoshop CS6", "Dreamweaver For Designers", "Designer's Guide to Illustrator", "Designer's Guide to Photoshop", and "Fundamentals of Photoshop Elements".

To learn more about Luckychair's design services, go to and to see a portfolio of Sue's fine art photography, visit:

For questions, tips, and fun ideas, follow her on Facebook as "Luckychair" and on Twitter @LuckychairNews.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elisa on July 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a professional in web & webdesign since 5 years using most of the micro-blogging tools and I recommend this book for anyone who wants to get inside tumblr without efforts.
Almost everybody has heard of Tumblr, bust most people doesn't use it as well as they should. Reading this manual will help you to take the best profit from this platform. Tumblr is a very useful blogging platform for image and media professionals, I use it very often to discover new artists. This book is very well organized, all steps are clearly described in chapters and it gives good tips and tricks for the advanced options. * Read this and become a Tumblr pro *
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lacotilla on July 20, 2012
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Tumblr for Dummies is a terrific book for anyone interested in starting or maintaining a Tumblr account. The book walks the reader through the steps of setting up a new account by offering tidbits, facts, and suggestions that are essential to the Tumblr user.
As the book progresses, it explores all sorts of information useful to anyone from beginner status to a seasoned pro, making this book a handy reference guide. The book can be read either cover-to-cover or by going directly to a specific chapter of interest.
I am new to Tumblr and Tumblr for Dummies made it easy for me to set up a new account. The book gives information that is not available by simply following sign-up instructions on the Tumblr website. Using the book, I liked the fact that I was not only following the steps, but I was also learning all of the capabilities associated with each step.
Tumblr for Dummies offers a much more in-depth look at Tumblr while keeping things simple. The author, Sue Jenkins, writes in a clear manner and covers all the bases. It is as if she is sitting beside you guiding you through each step. Jenkins addresses every topic imaginable leaving the reader with not one unanswered question. While the book is quite thorough, it is equally as concise. There are no unnecessary segments or long-winded explanations. Topics are presented very clearly and the book is full of visual examples as well.
In Chapter 10, Ten Useful Third-Party Apps for Tumblr, it is obvious that Jenkins knows her stuff as she presents useful information about getting more out of your Tumblr account through the use of apps. This chapter was of particular interest to me because I had little knowledge of the apps and would probably still be in the dark if not for this book.
I cannot stress enough how useful this book is to a Tumblr user. Whether you are a novice or a pro, you will not be disappointed. Tumblr for Dummies truly is a must-have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pamakarma on March 10, 2014
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Much of what a noncommercial user wants to know how to do on tumblr is hard to find in this book --and since i bought the online kindle version from Amazon, the diagrams of the symbols (for ex figure1-3) were so tiny as to be impossible to see and didnt match where they were on tumblr for kindle or iphone. Then they would use these figures with their miniscule and baffling symbols in explaining how to make a change to your tumblr.

The one positive was: It took you pretty smoothly thru the steps if you were just installing your tumblr account for the first time if you were using a PC. but as far as making simple changes on an existing account it was a labyrinth of confusion.
All i wanted to know was how to change my avatar and how to change the order of the images I've posted. I finally found the first answer after much searching. The second question i still havent found. Now Im trying to get rid of an irritating "theme" and go back to "Untitled" status where i started from and i havent found out how to do that either.

Much of the book is not designed for real dummies like me but for amateur web site designers --it is full of jargon --terms like CSS, domains and url that is baffling to me. I didnt find the tips that helpful either. because they referred back to the figures that are impossible to see or to the symbols that are not in the same place on my kindle.
This book may be very helpful to someone who is already familiar with the tumblr language but for me I found more answers by just typing my question written in ordinary English onto my PC browser and then googling it up than what i found trying to use this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kbun on July 20, 2012
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Thanks to this book, I have a brand-spankin' new Tumblr account. If ever there was someone who is tech challenged, it is I. When I found out I could use Tumblr for more than just a text blog --- more like a personal website without having to build and pay for one ---- I was ready to give it a try.

Tumblr for Dummies had its work cut out for it, that's for sure. Even with the very clear, step-by-step directions, with diagrams, screen shots, additional tips and options for advanced students, (HA!)it took me several hours to get up and running. Of course, it did take a long time for me to choose all the personalizing features. I tried every color combination on an array of templates before I settled on the one I wanted.

Once I got the basics in place, it was time to add some content. That was fun. I wanted to make this the platform for the novels I write and all things writing. I wrote a blog post, added a page, put up some pictures, added a link to an article. I wanted to try out most of the buttons just because. No videos yet, but someday...

I don't claim to have it all figured out yet, but I will tell you this: if you are a beginner and want to explore Tumblr, use this book. I had tried it once without this guide and got nowhere. This made my effort a success. See for yourself at
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