If you’ve always wanted your own blog, but were put off by the complication, give Tumblr a try — it’s free and takes just a few minutes to set up.
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    Starting your blog isn’t the technical rigmarole you might think and you don’t need to know anything about how the web works to do it. It needn’t cost you anything, either, since there are plenty of free ‘hosting’ services — the internet computers on which blogs are stored.

    A blog can be as complicated as you like, but if you’re just getting started, it makes sense to keep things simple. Blogs don’t come much simpler than Tumblr and it’s a hugely popular service.

    Everyone from corgi lovers to the US Whitehouse has their own blog on Tumblr, and joining them takes just a few minutes.    

    The Tumblr dashboard (see Step 3) looks different depending on which web browser you’re using. We’ve used Google Chrome for these steps, so what you seen on your screen may be slightly different.

     

    Step 1: Sign up for Tumblr

    Go to www.tumblr.com and enter the email address and password you want to use for the service. Tumblr will choose a random username for you, but you can enter your own if you can find one that hasn’t already been used.

    Click the Sign up button, confirm your age and agree to the terms of service. You’ll also need to pass an anti-spammer test by typing in two hard-to-read words. As the final part of the sign-up process, you’ll need to click a link in an email Tumblr sends to you.

    Step 2: Follow a few blogs — or not

    Tumblr lets you follow other people’s blogs, as well as create your own. You’ll be asked to follow five blogs as part of the sign-up process, but you can just click the Skip button at the bottom-right of the screen if you’d rather not do this.

     

    Step 3: Meet the Tumblr dashboard

    You’ll then be taken to the Tumblr dashboard. This is where you create new blog posts and there are seven different categories: text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio and video. Just click one of the categories icons at the top of the dashboard to create a blog post of that type — Tumblr will automatically format the post to suit its content.

     

    Step 4: Create your first blog post

    Click the Text icon to create a new text blog post. You can then enter an optional title and the main body of your post. You can also add a photo by clicking the photo icon on the tool bar and browsing for an image on your PC.

     

    Step 5: Preview or publish your post

    Click the Post button to publish your blog post immediately, or click the arrow alongside it to see a preview of the post before it goes live. You can also save the post to continue editing it later, or schedule it for publication at a later date.

     

    Step 5: See your blog history

    Once your blog post has been published, you’ll be returned to the dashboard. Click the No thanks option below the ‘welcome’ message and you should see your first blog post, along with any recent ones from other Tumblr blogs you followed in Step 2.

     

    Step 6: Other types of Tumblr post

    It’s a similar process to create other categories of blog post, so experiment with the different options and use the ‘preview’ option to see how they look without having to publish them.

     

    Step 7: Customise your blog

    Your new blog doesn’t have a name yet, so click Customize at the top-right of the Tumblr page. You can then edit your blogs settings by clicking the options down the left of the new page that opens.

    Click under Title to give the blog a name. You can also change the colour scheme and other things using the other options. Click the Save button at the top-left of the page when you’ve finished and then click the Exit button to return to the dashboard.

     

    Step 8: Share your blog with others

    Your blog can be found at the web address <your-username>.tumblr.com — impossiblyrainysuit.tumblr.com, in our example. This is the web address to share with other people when you want to them to visit.

     

 

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