How to Delete Tumblr Posts

In our last lesson, we showed you how to create posts on Tumblr.  But what if you want to remove a post from your Tumblr blog, if (for example) you have second thoughts about it and decide that it's too private or controversial to share on Tumblr?  Fortunately, deleting posts on Tumblr is quick and easy (not that using Tumblr in general isn't), and you can even delete multiple posts at once!  This tutorial will show you how.

Note that you can only delete posts on Tumblr that you have created yourself (including ones that you have reblogged; see our How to Reblog on Tumblr tutorial for more about what "reblogging" is and how it works).  You cannot delete posts that other Tumblr users have reblogged from one of your blogs; they are in control of those posts, even though the content was originally yours (or someone else's, if you yourself reblogged the posts in question).  As we mentioned in our article on Tumblr safety, the best way to avoid embarrassing posts getting out of control is to think carefully before you create them in the first place.

To delete Tumblr posts:

There are two ways to delete a Tumblr post.  The first is to find it on the blog that it's published on, click the "Post Options" icon, and then click "Delete".  The second is to access the mass post editor of the blog that it belongs to.  Once there, you can click on the post to select it, and then click "Delete".

That's the quick version; now, it's time to get to the juicy details.  Below is a set of complete instructions — including screenshots — for how to delete single or multiple Tumblr posts.

Detailed instructions on how to delete a post on Tumblr

  1. Open your web browser, go to www.tumblr.com, and log in.

  2. Click the Accounts icon, and then click on the blog that contains the post that you want to delete.

  3. To delete a single post, simply find it on your blog and click the Post Options icon (the gear) in the bottom-right corner.  Then click Delete.  (Click OK to confirm that you really want to delete it.)

  4. If you want to delete multiple posts from your blog at once, scroll to the top of your blog, and in the main blog menu in the upper-right section, click Mass Post Editor.

  5. Once you're in the mass post editor for your blog, click on the posts that you wish to delete (they will be highlighted blue and have a checkmark beside them).  Then click Delete.  (Click OK to confirm that you really want to delete these posts.)

Presto!  You now have one (or more) fewer posts on your Tumblr blog.  Plus, you now know how to get rid of any more that you wish to remove in the future!


How to Post on Tumblr

In our last lesson, we showed you how to set up a blog on Tumblr.  Now, we'll show you how to give your blog some personality by adding content to it.  You can add text, songs, videos, pictures, links to other websites… lots of different stuff!  This lesson will show you how to make each kind of post.

Is there a Tumblr post limit? 

Yes, Tumblr has a post limit.  You are only allowed to publish up to 250 posts on Tumblr (across all Tumblr blogs that you manage) every 24 hours.  This limit includes posts that you create yourself and posts that you re-blog.  Also, out of those 250 posts, only up to 150 of them can be original photo posts.

If you're ever unsure about how many posts you have remaining on your Tumblr account for the current day, go to http://postlimit.com, type your Tumblr user name (or the web address of one of your blogs) into the text box at the top, and then click Get Info.

To post on Tumblr:

Log into your account at www.tumblr.com.  Then, click the "Account" icon and select which blog you want to post to.  Click on the type of post that you want to make, and fill in the appropriate content.  Add tags if you want to make your post easier to find, and then click "Post" (or select a related option).

Okay, that's how to do it in a nutshell.  But we promised to show you how to make different types of posts, right?  Well, read on as we fulfill that promise with detailed instructions and pictures!

Detailed instructions for how to post on Tumblr

  1. Open your web browser, go to www.tumblr.com, and log in.

  2. Click the Account icon in the top-right corner, and under "Blogs", click on the name of the blog that you would like to create a post for.

  3. At the top of your blog, you will see options for creating one of the seven different types of posts on Tumblr.  Click the type of post that you wish to create.

  4. If you choose to create a Text post, click in the box labelled "Title" and give your post a title (if you want to).  Then, click in the box labelled "Your Text Here" and type in what you're thinking about. 

    You can also click in the box marked "Tags" and add descriptive phrases about your post that might make it easier to search for.  Tags start with the "#" sign and have no spaces or symbols (e.g. "#thisisatest").

    When you're done, click Post.  Or, you can click the arrow icon beside Post to change what you wish to do with the post when you're done. 

    Add to Queue lets save your post as part of a series of posts to be published automatically every few hours or days.

    Save as Draft lets you save your post if you're not quite finished with it yet, and then come back and complete it later.

    Post Privately lets you hide your post from anyone besides you who views your blog, except for those who have editing permissions or the secret web address of your post.

    Schedule allows you to set your post to publish automatically at a certain date and time.

  5. When posting a Photo, you can choose Upload Photos to search for a photo on your computer, or click the smiley face icon to take a picture of yourself and upload it (your computer will need a webcam attached or installed for this).  You can also choose Add Photo from Web and type in (or copy and paste) the web address of a photo (note that this is the actual address of a photo, not the web page that it's on).

    Once your photo is up, you can remove it and pick another one by clicking the "X" in the top-right corner, or click the chain link icon in the lower-left corner and type in a web address that you want your picture to lead to if people click it.  You can also click Add Another if you want to post more than one picture at once.

    When you're finished adding photos, you can add a caption and tags to them, as if you were making a text post.  When your post is ready, click Post (or its related options).

  6. A Quote is a variant of a text post where you write a quote and then attribute it to someone.  Simply click where it says "Quote" and write out the quote.  Then, click where it says "Source" and type in the name of the person who said it.  Finally, add any tags that you want, and click Post (or its related options).

  7. A Link creates a hyperlink to another page on the World Wide Web, so people can follow your blog to a different website.  Simply type in (or copy and paste) the address of the website or web page that you want to create a link to, and then click Post.

  8. A Chat is a special text post that simulates a conversation between two or more people.  Click where it says "Title" if you want to give your chat a title, and then click in the area with the sample chat to begin.

    Basically, you write the speaker's name, and then type the colon (":") symbol.  Then, type in what the person says, and then press the "Enter" key to skip to a new line.  From there, simply repeat the process until the conversation is done; Tumblr will automatically apply the appropriate formatting.

    When you're done, add tags if you want to, and then click Post.

  9. Choose Audio to post a song or other audio file.  Click where it says "Search for A Song or Paste A URL" and type in the name of a song that you're looking for, or copy and paste its web address (again, this is the song file's specific web address, not the web address of the page that it's on).  As you search, a list of songs will appear as suggestions that you can choose (ones with orange icons are from SoundCloud and ones with green icons are from Spotify); click a song to select it.  You can also click the headphones icon to the right to search for and upload a sound file from your computer.

    Once you have selected your song, you can click the "X" in the top-right corner if you want to remove it and swap it for a different song.  Or, if it's the one you want, then you can add a description and tags (like you would for a photo), and then click Post.

  10. If you choose Video, click Upload A Video to search your computer for a video file to upload.  Or, you can click Add Video from Web to embed a video from a video-sharing website (such as YouTube, for example) in your blog by typing in (or copying and pasting) its web address or embed code.

    (NOTE: If you are uploading your own video files, you can only choose ones that take up less than 100 megabytes of memory storage space.  In addition, the cumulative length of all of the original videos that you upload in a day can be no more than 5 minutes in length.)

    Once your video is in place, you can click the "X" button in the upper-right corner if you change your mind and want to remove this video so that you can pick a different one.  Otherwise, you can add a caption and tags (like you would for a photo or audio file) and click Post.

Alright!  Those are all of the different ways that you can create a post on Tumblr!  But what if you want to get rid of a post on Tumblr, or copy a post from somewhere else on Tumblr?  We'll go over how to do both of these things in our next two lessons, how to delete a Tumblr post and how to re-blog on Tumblr.


How to Create a Tumblr Blog

Now that you've maybe read a Tumblr review or two and signed up for Tumblr, it's time to create your blog!  A "blog" is an online journal that you can use to post thoughts, pictures, videos, songs, links to websites, or even things that other people have posted!  It's an expression of who you are and what you like in life!

Well, actually… if you've created a Tumblr account, then you already have a blog!  Tumblr creates a default one for you when you sign up for Tumblr.  If you want to have more than one blog, though (say, if you want to have one devoted to food and another to fashion and a third devoted to sports), then that's perfectly fine!  This tutorial will show you how to create a new Tumblr blog from scratch.

To make a blog on Tumblr:

  1. Open your web browser, go to www.tumblr.com, and log in.

  2. Click the Account icon in the top-right corner, and then beside "Blogs", click New.

  3. Enter a name, web address, and (optionally) password for your blog.

  4. Click the check box at the bottom to pass the security check, and then click Create Blog.

Those are the basic steps, but we're betting that you want to see what the process actually looks like.  Well, say no more!  Below are complete instructions, with screen captures to guide you every step of the way.

Detailed instructions on how to create a Tumblr blog

  1. Open your web browser and go to www.tumblr.com.  Click Log In in the top-right corner.

  2. Click in the box labelled "Email" and type in the email address associated with your Tumblr account.  Then click in the box labelled "Password" and type in the password that you picked to secure your Tumblr account with.  Finally, click Log In.

  3. Once you're logged in, click the Account icon in the top-right corner, and then beside "Blogs", click New.

  4. Here, you will set up the basic information for your blog.

    Click in the box labelled "Title" and type in what you want to name your blog.  Then, click in the box labelled "URL" and type in a web address that your blog will use.  It can be pretty much anything you want, but it has to be in the format "[yourblognamewithnospaces].tumblr.com".

    If you want an extra layer of security for your blog, click the check box labelled "Password-Protect This Blog".  Then, click in the box below it and type in a password of your choosing.  If you use this option, your blog will only be accessible to people who know the password for it (besides you, of course).

    Finally, you'll have to pass a security check to prove that you're not an automated program looking to cause trouble by mass-producing blogs.  Tumblr tries to cut down on this because it needlessly takes up available blog web addresses, meaning that other people can't use them.  To pass the security check, simply click the check box labelled "I'm Not a Robot".

    Once you have given your blog a title and a web address, and passed the security check, click Create Blog.

Voila!  You now have a brand new blog on Tumblr.  There's just one problem, though: you probably don't have any content for it yet!  In our next lesson, we'll show you how to fix that by teaching you how to post to a blog on Tumblr!

You should also consider reading this article by Robert Mening at WebsiteSetup.org, where he explains in seven simple steps, how to start a blog in only thirty minutes.


How to Create a Tumblr Account

Now that you know what you can do on Tumblr for free (i.e. almost everything!) and how to stay safe while using Tumblr, it's time to start using it!  This lesson will take you on the first step towards using Tumblr: creating an account.

You don't have to have a Tumblr account so search or browse for blog posts on Tumblr, or share posts to external social media websites (though you do need accounts for those websites).  You do, however, have to sign up for Tumblr if you want to create your own blog, follow the activity of other people's blogs, or like or re-blog someone else's blog post.  This lesson will show you how to create a Tumblr account.

To sign up for Tumblr:

  1. Go to www.tumblr.com.

  2. Type in your email address, a password, and a user name, and then click Sign Up.

  3. Type in your age, agree to Tumblr's rules, and click Next.

  4. Select at least five interests, and then click Next.

  5. Click the link in the email that Tumblr sends you to verify your email address.

Are some of those instructions a little vague?  No problem!  We've explained the whole process below, complete with screen captures so you'll know what to look for.

Detailed instructions on how to create a Tumblr account

  1. Open your web browser and go to www.tumblr.com.

  2. In the top portion of the screen, you should see the three boxes highlighted here.  Click in each of them and type in your email address, a password to protect your Tumblr account with, and a user name that you wish to represent yourself with on Tumblr (respectively).  Then click Sign Up.

  3. Click in the box labelled "How Old Are You?" and type in your age.  (You have to do this, because Tumblr is not legally allowed to let anyone under the age of 13 use it).  Then, click the check box here to state that you agree to play by Tumblr's rules (click Terms of Service if you feel like reading these rules; Tumblr has short-form versions of them to help you read them easier).  Then click Next.

  4. You'll need to do one last verification test to prove that you're not an automated program trying to mass-produce Tumblr accounts.  Simply click the check box labelled "I'm Not a Robot" to pass it and go to the next step.

  5. To get an idea of what kind of posts you might like to see and what blogs you might want to follow on Tumblr, Tumblr will ask you to pick at least five categories of interest.

    Simply click on a category in the main screen to select it.  When you select a category, it may break into sub-categories that you can select as well. 

    Selected categories will appear at the top of the screen, starting from the left.  Click a category that appears here if you change your mind and want to remove it. 

    When you have selected at least five categories of interest, click Next in the top-right corner.

  6. You should be taken to your Tumblr "dashboard", the main control center for your Tumblr account.  Now, there's just one more thing that you need to do, and that's verify your email address.

    Go to your email client and log in.  Find the email from Tumblr Support labelled "Verify Your Email Address" and click it to open it.  Then, click the big blue This Is Me! button inside it.

  7. Once your email address is verified, click Or Skip to Your Web Dashboard to go back to your main screen on Tumblr.

That's it!  You're all ready to use Tumblr!