A Beginner’s Guide To Tumblr


The most common thing I hear when I tell people that I use tumblr is: “Oh yeah, I tried it but couldn’t figure it out.”. Yes, tumblr is a strange corner of social media in comparison to the likes of Instagram and Twitter, but once you get into it, trust me, you’ll never leave.


First of all, once you get an account, you have created a blog. But don’t worry that doesn’t mean you have to start journaling and pretending your life is amazing – quite the opposite actually. You post by either uploading your own content, writing something or more commonly by “reblogging” from other people that you follow. Also, quite contrary to Instagram in particular, unless you’re uploading original content that you want recognition for, likes and reblogs (they’re collectively called notes) really aren’t that important. And that’s what’s so great about tumblr, you do everything on there very much for yourself. You reblog pictures or texts that you like and that you want on your blog and not what you think other people want to see.


So what do people actually reblog on tumblr? Speaking about it in very general terms, tumblr can be split into a few different sections: the fandom blogs and the aesthetic blogs are the big ones, there are also meme blogs, writers blogs that post some amazing poetry and art accounts that produce incredible works (there’s also an insane amount of porn blogs but let’s not get into that now).


The fandom blogs are definitely in the majority and the good thing about tumblr being so anonymous is that you can fangirl to your heart’s content without feeling embarrassed. This is also where most OTP’s (One True Pairings) start out, with every possible character or person combination you can think of!

While when it comes to TV, the Supernatural, Dr. Who, and Sherlock fandoms (SuperWhoLock) run the show – along with any and all Animes) but if you’ve ever watched a movie or TV show, read a book, fallen in love with an actor or even listened to a band I guarantee you someone on Tumblr has a blog dedicated to it (and probably written fanfiction about it too) so there’s something for everyone!


Source: https://the-chosen-half-of-one.tumblr.com/post/166154794372/i-know-this-meme-is-even-more-dead-now-but-fandom



The writing and poetry blogs are amazing if you want to discover new authors, poets or just enjoy collecting quotes! Many modern poets such as Lang Leav and Rupi Kaur started off posting on tumblr before getting their books published.




The aesthetic blogs are perfect if you enjoy images and gifs of beautiful things. Aesthetic blogs range from having colour specific themes to themes that are specific to nature, or fashion or even art!


Source: https://tidychaos.tumblr.com/post/172030270422/purple-spring-aesthetic-personal-pics



But at the end of the day what you put on your tumblr is entirely up to you, it can be themed or simply just a collection of things that make you happy. An added bonus is that tumblr is one of the more liberal social media sites making it a safe space for many people of different sexual orientations and gender identities.

If you decide to have a go at tumblr, the first thing you need to do is come up with a cool username, which can range from something as simple (and weird) as “@potato”, to long and complicated as “@introvertedmultifandom”.


Once you do join, be sure to check out our amazing blog “@hercampusabdn” for a mix of all things happy!

Source: hercampusabdn.tumblr.com