Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.
Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to make their best work and get it in front of the audience they deserve – certainly isn’t changing.
So what’s new? Simply, Tumblr gets better faster. The work ahead of us remains the same – and we still have a long way to go! – but with more resources to draw from.
Yahoo is the original Internet company, and Marissa and her team share our dream to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas. I couldn’t be more excited to have her help. We also share a vision for Tumblr’s business that doesn’t compromise the community and product we love. Plus both our logos end with punctuation!
As always, everything that Tumblr is, we owe to this unbelievable community. We won’t let you down.
I am looking directly at those who create and post webcomics on tumblr.
Deep into your eyes.
A great comic can lose its chance at being popular if it is presented poorly. When creating your comics, always assume that no one will click to enlarge your images. You must present your comic so it is clearly viewed on the dashboard. You can make it high resolution, but be sure that the text is easily read and the detail in the images is not lost at 500 pixels wide.
Instead of orienting your comic horizontally, do it vertically. If you exceed more than 2 panels, make another image and create a photoset. With the new photoset system, you can stack up to ten images vertically. Just drag the images until you have a horizontal blue line to stack them. Owlturd is a great example of how to properly present your comics. It is easily consumed without any enlargement.
Making sure your comic is easily visible at 500 pixels wide will ensure that you get the maximum amount of notes and reblogs possible. Always save your comics as a draft and inspect it before you publish. If anything looks hard to make out, adjust it. If you post your comic on another site and it is horizontally oriented, consider splicing up the panels and creating a vertical version for tumblr.
I am seeing way too many comics that are 4 panels wide and the text is so tiny it cannot be made out without enlargement. Many people will scroll right on by and never look at your comic. Please don’t make this mistake. I want all artists on tumblr to get the attention they deserve.
Great tips from Frogman, as always.
Our new post forms offer an easy way to create Photosets. When you click photo post, you can pull images from a URL (note the word URL at the bottom of the photo area), drag and drop photos from your computer, or click the add photo icon to access your image files.
The drag and drop makes creating these posts so much easier than the click, click, clicking we had to go through with the old post form.
And reordering them is easier, as well. Just grab a photo and place it where you’d like.
Hover over an image to add a caption.
Add a note for your followers and tags so your amazing photos can be discovered by other users.
And preview, save, or publish your amazing work!
We’re really excited about this new form. If you find anything acting odd or not working as expected, please let us know.
As many of you know, Tumblr is implementing a new post form which allows us to post and reblog content the same way we’re reading it. With the new forms, however, a lot of things have moved around a little, and there have been a lot of questions about the “Reblog As" feature in particular.
When you reblog a long Text post, we default to truncating the content and reblogging it as a Link post, linking back to the original Text Post. In a lot of situations this helps prevent your follower’s Dashboards from being dominated by walls of text, but sometimes you still want to reblog the entire content. You can still do this in the new post forms.
This is a large text post, the first one encountered on the #Politics tag. First, I’m going to try to reblog it.
As you can see, the content is truncated, and the post type becomes a Link (you can see the icon in the upper right corner, beside the gear). To change this back, click that Link icon.
You will then be given the option to change your post type into a Text, Link, or Quote post. I’ll be switching this reblog back to the original Text post.
And there you have it. When I hit “Reblog post” the post will appear just as it did in the original content, with any additional commentary I’ve included.
If you have any issues with this process, or with the new post forms overall, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.