Although I have a wordpress site for Dawgeared, I have been using Tumblr more and more to quickly save and share sites, thoughts and ideas that I like. Tumblr is a free blogging site that is ultra-easy to use. For those who want to start a blog but don’t want a lot of hassles and complicated options to worry about, Tumblr is a great starting point. It’s also a fantastic way to find other great educational blogs to follow. The setup is easy and when you are done, you have a dashboard area where you quickly see new posts from blogs you are following. From the dashboard area, you can also quickly write a blog post by choosing the type of blog post you want to add and adding the details. I have been really enjoying the easy use and functionality of Tumblr, especially the ability to re-post posts from other bloggers, saving them for viewing later (I have a horrible memory and doing this allows me to save things I have seen to come back later, though I do need to make better use of the tags feature.)
One of the downsides I have found with Tumblr, however, is the lack of free templates to use in order to customize the look and feel of my tumblr blog. While many people may not want the amount of customization a wordpress blog offers, most people want a wide choice of easy to install themes that they can choose from. People, including myself, love choosing a theme that speaks to them and stands out from the basic themes usually provided. When I initially setup Tumblr, the site provided some basic themes to choose from but the really nice themes were all ones you had to pay for, which I didn’t want to do. But finding really nicely designed free tumblr themes turned out to be a harder task than I thought.
That’s why I was overjoyed to find this site that curates free Tumblr themes that you can easily view and install. There are lots of beautiful designs to choose from and try out. Theme Guide has about 17 pages of themes in a variety of styles and looks. Most of the themes have all the standard features you would expect with many allowing you to further customize the theme if you wish. Definitely a great resource for educators that want to start an easy to use blog that also looks great!