Tumblr, Grr – But Hey There’s a Nice Bit of Code

February 9th, 2008

I started playing with Tumblr a little while ago. My page is here. It is a short-form blogging platform that is great for posting music, photos, videos, etc. It is decidedly techy, though.

The site offers a variety of “themes” to choose from, and also give users total freedom to edit the HTML. This is nice if you actually know HTML because it lets you add all kinds of features like search boxes, comment systems, feedburner integration, etc. Changing default themes, however, wipes out any custom code.

I know- as the proverbial saying goes- just enough HTML to get myself in trouble, and no CSS or javascripting whatsoever. I have tried out most of the themes I have found, which means that when I factor in all the theme changes and the back-to-defaults after I break the page with faulty code, I have now re-added comments, a Lijit search box and a Feedburner feed to my tumblog approximately 9,472 times.

I’m pretty good at it by now- or at least if I can find good directions I can follow them easily. I’m lost as soon as I get off the map, though.

Fortunately, I am now reasonably happy with my page and I am resolved to stop messing with it. Then again, I like the way Bijan Sabet does his comments integration. Wish I could figure out how to copy that . . .

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  • Allan

    9,472 times??? Did you ever think of copying and pasting your customized code into Notepad or Word even Prior to changing themes and going back to defaults 🙂 I like to change my theme every couple of months so I have a folder full of txt files that I can copy and paste my HTML out of when I change up….

    Bijan uses DISQUS for his commenting…you can find it here: http://disqus.com/ – its free…

    Good luck

  • I do copy the code, but I still have to put it back in the right spots every time.

    I added Disqus comments too. Bijan’s implementation is different- it looks like he is using some javascript instead of the “regular” code Disqus gave me. His looks nicer.