Screencast: How to use Tumblr to create a blog

Screencast: How to use Tumblr to create a blog


So with this screencast I’m going to
show you how to set up a blog and tumblr as your final project. If you don’t
already have a tumblr account you can click up here in the right-hand corner
to sign up for one. I have signed up for one using my temple email address. I
enter my password and hopefully my internet is not going to be too slow this
evening. Alright so here we are. This is sort of your, you know, your homepage,
your kind of home blog here which I’ve called ‘Professor Natasha.’ What you
want to do for your project if you already have a tumblr account, or even if you’re starting a new account like me,
and I want you to start a new blog and so to do that we click on this little
person icon here which is for your account. Click on settings. And down here
you click on create a new blog. Okay, so what I’m going to do is here i set up
my title and I create an URL for this blog. So i call it My Fantastic Mosaic II
blog. Okay and I’ll just call it Mosaic II blog is my URL. Okay so why is your URL
important? Because when you submit your assignment, when you share it with me, this is what you need to send me, okay?
You need to send me your URL. And if you forget it while you’re
working on your blog, don’t worry about it, i’ll show you at the end how
to find that again. If you’d like your blog to be private – totally fine. You can
password protect your blog and you enter a password here. Just make sure that when
you send me the URL, that you also send me the password so that i can access it.
Confirm that you are not a robot. If you are a robot, lie. ‘Select all images with trees’ – okay, I think
that’s good. Does this count as a tree? Let’s see… Great, i am not a robot.
excellent. Create the blog. Okay I So this looks very much like the page
that i got when i logged in, but i know that i’m in my Mosaic II blog because
when i hover this icon, i see that i am now working in my fantastic mosaic II
blog. So what do we want to do? The first thing that you want to include on
your blog is that sort of introductory blurb about, you know, kind of what your
thesis is and what your theme is so you go up here again to account and settings and you’ll click down here on your
mosaic II blog. Scroll down, edit theme and then here on the left-hand side you can make all
sorts of changes. You can change the color, you can basically change the
appearance of this to make it whatever you would like. I’m going to leave all that, and
i’m going to leave my title as well. But i want you to enter, of course, the
description, and here you’re going to enter a 100 to 150 word blurb that
introduces your thesis and themes that you are addressing in this blog. Okay, so once you’ve done that you can then
click ‘Save’. Great, that’s done. There we go: I’ve got my
title, I’ve got my description and so I can exit here. Ok, how do i post objects now? Well let’s go back to our dashboard. Here I am no longer in my mosaic II
blog, so i have to go to My Account again and just click and make that the blog
that i’m working from. And now i want to post something. Because we’re doing
Tumblr now, and not Google Art Project, you can post either a photo or you can
post a video, if there’s a video you would like to to comment on. And so i’ll
show you how to do a video – I’m sorry, a photo. You can either upload one of your
own photos, if you’ve taken a photo of something, an object, a
contemporary object that you’d like to include. Maybe you want to take a picture
of your iPhone or something like that. It’s not meant to be a personal photo
journal, so keep that in mind. I’m going to add a photo from the web, and the way
to do that is to paste a URL. So, I’m going to use Google and I’m going to
search for ‘Plato allegory cave’, and I get a bunch of images for Plato’s allegory
of the cave. I’m going to click on this one. I’m going to click on ‘View image’ and
i’m going to copy this URL. I’m going to paste that here, and there we have it!
There’s my photo. Add a caption – so enter a 100 to 150 word word describing
how this photo connects to your thesis and course themes. I hit
‘post’, and there we have it! I have my very first post for my Mosaic
II final project blog. And so you want to do a total – I think i said a total of
seven of these – whatever I have written is what you should go by, not what I’m
saying now. And then once you’ve posted everything, once you put up your seven
items and your blurbs, you want to go to Account –>Settings click on My Mosaic II Blog Here’s your URL. Copy that, send it to
me. And of course send me any passwords, if you are making
your blog password protected. And that’s it! I’m looking forward to seeing your
projects!

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