All participants will be writing their own reflections and sharing resources/project information in their own publishing space. We are using the tumblr tool for this project because of its easy to use interface and interfaces available on mobile sites.
If you are familiar with tumblr you can use an existing account, but we ask that you make a new blog just for this course. If you are brand new to tumblr, don’t worry. See this screencast for the getting started steps.
Note that the title of your tumblr blog is important— it is how it will be listed as a source on this site, so a generic name like “Class Blog” or “Project Community” does not help your fellow students, and web site visitors, understand who the author is. When we list all the blogs in your group, the title is what we will use as an identifier. We are not saying you have to use your name, but it does help if your blog title is somehow associated with you, but also is… interesting.
Call that a design element.
You can edit the title at any time- if you are logged into tumblr.com when you go to the public view of your blog, look for the Customize button in the top right. This leads to an interface where you can not only change the title, but select a different Theme to stylize it, and many more options to make the blog unique.
Once your blog is set up, you should first write an introductory post so your blog has some content in it. Go to the tumblr dashboard (there is a link on that top right of your blog when logged in), Most typically a post is a text type, click that icon:
Again, give your post an interesting title, because that is what the rest of the community (and the world) will see when it appears on this web site.
Use the formatting tools, experiment with uploading images, add hyperlinks (see below for more info on using the tumblr tools).
But make sure you have at least one post published to your site. Check it out!
When your blog is set up, you need to register it with this site -this i how we are able to bring in the copies of your post. Our web site subscribes to yours, and once an hour, it comes knocking and asks, “Is there any new content?” If your blog says “yes” then we ask for a copy of it.
Copy the public web address of your site- it will look something like
dogbotnot.tumblr.com (not http://www.tumblr.com/blog/dogbotnot — that is the dashboard link that only you can see).
Then, complete the Submit Your Project Community Blog form. Be sure to include your full name and email address (in case we need to contact you about the blog), the full URL for your tumblr blog, and very importantly, select the group you have been assigned to for this class. This is how we are able to group the posts on the front page of the site based on the latest posts from your group.
Note: This web site only checks your tumblr blog once an hour, so your post might not immediately show up, please give it time to update!
More Resources for Learning About Tumblr
If you are new to tumblr, do not worry. There is not much to it, and start by creating your first site at http://tumblr.com. As an introduction, this video covers the basics
The site it comes from has more notes and references to help you out.
A few more references we recommend include:
- Getting Started with tumblr (webmonkey)
- Getting Started in Tumblr in 5 Easy Steps (The Daily Dot)
- The Beginners Guide to Tumblr (Mashable.com)
- Tumblr Guide 101: Tips And Tricks For Building Your Site, Posting And More (Huffington Post)
When logged in to tumblr, your view is the dashboard, where you can manage your site and add new content. You will find basic content types that revolve around the primary kind of media you are sharing — just writing is of course, text. But in the editing pane you have the ability to include media and links.
It will be very important for this class that you learn how to add tags to your posts- this is not only a method of organizing content for your own site, but when we mix content from the many participants in the class, we will have a means of seeing trending ideas via the aggregation of tags (see the front page of this site). We urge that you tag voraciously! Look for the tag entry area on the right side of the editing pane, separate tags by commas (learn more about tagging in tumblr).
Note that while on tumblr, you can “follow” other sites (e.g. those on your project teams) so your dashboard can become a way to see what is new among that group (or others you may find interesting).
Once You Have Made One Tumblr
We’ve gotten word that some students new to blogging are interested in using tumblr for personal use or other projects. But of course, that is content not related to this course.
This is where tumblr shows its usefulness- once you have one tumblr you can make completely separate sites, with different themes and content. For free.
In the top right of your dashboard, next to the name of your site is a small downward arrow- if you click, it opens a menu, and at the bottom is an option to create a new blog. You can have many many many tumblrs.