Tumblr is this magical universe of global randoms. You may think it is not as popular as it once was, but you would be mistaken. It is still quite popular for all those who like to share and browser their favorite things. Let’s face it, you find the most unexpected stuff on Tumblr and therefore, its attractiveness may not die all that soon. For those who do not have an account on Tumblr, you may want to make one, for fun’s sake. Anyway, like all the other social media networks, Tumblr has gone through some major changes as well. Primarily in the field of their interface and API. Everything has been upgraded in order to cater for much better experience when it comes to blogging. All of this happened in January this year.
Even with all those changes, the basics remain the same and we are sure you still love it like you used to before. Of course, changes bring certain confusions. Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Everybody went through some issues while adapting to the new Tumblr. If you are still not very comfortable with the way things work then after the jump, go through the list of Awesome Tumblr Extensions – Tools and Tricks. We are sure you will be fascinated. As always, your comments are welcome.
20. Search the Old Way
The search system on Tumblr has completely revamped owing to the UI and API changes made this year. You can use the new search bar to search for multiple tags at the same time. It is definitely an improvement, since it saves you the trouble of searching individually. However, some people are not big fans of how the search turns up and works. Nor are they happy with the search results. You can still use the old way to search. You can do so by replacing /search in the URL with /tagged. Voila!
19. Share Draft Preview
Draft needs to stay a draft. It is a draft and not for the public to view. It is your work in progress and normally you would not want anyone to see it. However, there are instances when you want opinions of other people. Well, you can now post a sneekpeak of your draft. Access your drafts and click on the upper right corner of the post. Copy the URL that appears and share it. The URL is temporary and it will disappear as soon as the draft is published.
18. Rearrange Posts in Queue
You can rearrange your posts if your want; the posts in queue that is. Every so often you save drafts and queue your posts in order to be up at certain times. There is a certain order to the posts you create. Well, now you can rearrange your posts. All you need to do is hover over the sort button. It is the middle button in the bottom right corner of your screen. You can simply drag the post in order to rearrange it.
17. What your Friends Like
There are certain blogs that have a section called ‘Things I Liked’. This particular section shows the posts which the other user has liked. Mostly, people would have this option disabled. If you would like to see what your friends have liked quickly, all you need to do is type the following in the browser without the quotes: “http://www.tumblr.com/liked/by/[username]. It will only work for tumblr blogs that are public.
16. Search without Search Bar
You can even search for posts on different blogs without having to use the search bar at all. There are instances that you come across a post that you like on some blog and later lost track of it. All you remember now is the user’s name. If their Tumblr does not have a search bar (which only happens every so often), you can type the following in the URL box without the quotes: “http://[username].tumblr.com/search/[searchterm]”.
15. Arrange Tagged Posts [Earliest to Latest]
As with every blog, the nature by default is to display the most recent posts first. The recent are followed by the later posts. That is how it is supposed to work too, there is nothing wrong with that setup. If you are looking to display your tagged posts in a chronological order still, you can do that without a problem. The following is what you need to type in the URL box without quotes: “http://[username].tumblr.com/tagged/[tagname]/chrono”.
14. Search Based on a Date
Are there situations where you find yourself looking for blog posts from a specific date. Yeah, there is probably no way to search for posts on a specific date. If you think like that, then you are mistaken, because there indeed is a way, a rather simple one. Use the following web address without the quotes and you are set: “http://[username].tumblr.com/day/[year]/[month]/[day]”.
13. View Archives
One of the most efficient ways to explore a blog is to access the archives. There you can see the blog posts by month, year and even date. Every single post ever made would have a link in the archives. The problem is that not all the blogs will have a link for archives. Worry not, you can still access those archives by using the following URL without quotes. However, you would still only be able to browse a particular month and a year. You will not have a detailed tree of every year and month. “http://[username].tumblr.com/archive/[year]/[month]”.
12. Find your Tags
It is very important to know all the tags you have used in your blog. The problem is that Tumblr does not provide the facility for you to find all your tags. Or does it? If you are looking to find all the tags you have ever used on your blog, go to the Tumblr dashboard source code. in order to do that, right-click on your dashboard and select ‘View Page Source’. Now, make a search for the following term without quotes ‘Tumblr.USER_TAGS’. Voila, you can now see all the tags you have ever used.
11. Display Individual Author Avatar
If you are managing a blog that have several contributing authors, you will need this tip. In the Tumblr dashboard, you will be able to see the blog avatar next to a post. If the setting is turned on, you should also be able to see the Avatar of the author right next to the Blog Avatar. Well, go to the gear icon at the top. It should be next to the log out icon. Scroll to search from Blog Avatar and enable Show author portraits. Look at the screenshot above. You are golden.
Tools and Extensions
10. Tumblr Savior
Do you ever love a particular TV Show so much that you feel like hitting people who post spoilers. Well, now you can say goodbye to these people and avoid them completely until you have seen your favorite episode. All you need to do is block these posts using this plugin via the Tumblr Dashboard. It can also be used to block posts that you do not want to see.
9. Tumblr Hate
This is a very specific kind of tool. It will block a particular post that you don’t ever want to see again. The idea is that you hate that post. This particular tool will block that post completely. It won’t matter if the post is reblogged. It is gone and blocked for good and you will never see it again. If you have Tumblr Savior installed, it doesn’t work. So choose wisely.
There are instances where certain tags just get cut off on a post. You know what I am talking about, those long novel-ish tags that we all have a habit of posting. You can scroll to view tags but there are a few that might find it annoying. Well, you can use this tool in order to wrap the tags to fit best to the width, saving you the trouble of scrolling.
If you have developed a habit of browsing through the archive pages of other blogs, you should definitely look into this tool. It will allow you to reblog, draft, queue and even like posts from other archives. It will save you the time of opening a post in a new, separate tab.
6. Tumblr Chat
Well, this was a long time coming. You can now chat on Tumblr using this plugin. It’s obvious, you can’t really chat using the Fanmail function and the Message function even. We needed this. It is an extension that users can use in order to chat with another person browsing the same page. You can even share pictures and videos, live stream with webcam or create private chat rooms.
There is another option to chat. That is, if you are looking to chat directly from your Dashboard. You can do that using Babblr. This will give you a function quite similar to that of Facebook chat. You can invite people to join in through their username or e-mail. You can even create chat groups and talk to multiple people at the same time.
If you are into blogging, there is no way you did not know about this tool. It is probably one of the best, free ways to track your Tumblr. It will allow you to track all the important statistics on your Tumblr. Who is visiting your website? How many are currently viewing it? Where are they viewing it from? Everything is available. Make sure the theme you are using allows you to paste the Google Analytics ID though, otherwise it would not work.
There are users who use Tumblr in order to display their creativity and get feedback. There is the problem of those who do not have Tumblr and even though they will be able to view your Tumblr, they will not be able to comment. Using Disqus, they can use other forms of social media in order to participate in the discussions.
This is perhaps one of the more interesting little plugins out there. You can use this and it brings you all the music you have blogged. See, when you enter your Tumblr username, or basically any username, you get to hear all the music they have ever posted. This is one of the more interesting ways to discover new music. However, the username you enter here, should be a public profile in Tumblr, or otherwise you should be following each other.
If you didn’t already know this, you are probably doing Tumblr wrong. There is a limit to how much you can post in a day. More specifically, you can post around 250 posts in a day. If you are looking to find out exactly how many posts remain for the day, you can do so by using this plugin. You can also use this plugin in order to find out different stats regarding other blogs.