Tumblr has settled in and become a music marketing staple with its unique combo of blogging and social media. But like most blogging platforms there are lots of little details that one might miss depending on how enthused one is about rummaging through control panels and the like. I'm no Tumblr expert but I've used the platform enough to recognize that Hongkiat.com's collection of tips, tricks and tools for getting the most out of Tumblr has some nice details that could easily be missed but should increase interactions with your Tumblr blog.
Here are some suggestions from Hongkiat.com, "Get The Most Out of Tumblr: 20 Tips, Tricks & Tools."
5 Tumblr Tricks for Interaction and Design
Schedule Your Posts
"Under Settings, you can edit the number of posts you want published from your Queue as well as the time settings."
Enable Replies on Specific Posts
"Just add a ? at the end of your post and an option of Let People Answer This will appear at the bottom (see screenshot). Enable that option by checking the box and your followers will be able to reply to your post.
How To Reblog Long Posts Rather Than Linking
"Tumblr is programmed to reblog long posts as links. But some of your followers may want to read the entire post on the dashboard without being redirected to another page. The solution is simple: just reblog the post as Text instead of Link. The drop-down menu gives you the option to change the format of the post. Choose Reblog As Text to reblog the entire post."
Spreading Out Your Askbox Answers
"You can stop the replies from being posted one after another by delaying them. When you are answering a question, just press and hold down the Alt key for options to: Queue or Save As Draft. Choose Queue for your reply to be published at a later time."
Add Follow & Share Buttons To Your Theme
"Go to Buttons to view the options for customizing the Follow and Share buttons. Once you have chosen a design, a code will be displayed. Now, open Tumblr on a new tab and go to Settings and click on Customize Theme. You will be redirected to a page that allows you to Edit HTML. Copy the code for the Follow and Share Buttons and paste it in your Tumblr Theme code."
See Hongkiat.com for additional details including 10 Tumblr extensions that give you even more options.
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