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Tumblr For Dummies Portable Edition by Sue Jenkins

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Exploring Tumblr’s Theme Garden

Of the roughly 46 million people currently on Tumblr, over 3 million of them are still using the default Redux by Jacob theme, shown in Figure 9-1. While that statistic might have something to do with the number of stagnant Tumblr accounts that were started and then abandoned, the prevalence of the Redux theme might have a whole lot more to do with people’s fear of “messing up” their blog or breaking something in its workings that they won’t know how to fix.

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Figure 9-1: The default Redux by Jacob is Tumblr’s most popular theme.

In truth, however, searching through themes — and changing yours often until you find the one that’s just perfect — is part of the fun of having a Tumblr blog.

Searching for themes

To get started searching for themes, point your browser to Tumblr’s Theme Garden at www.tumblr.com/themes/ , shown in Figure 9-2. You may also access this page by clicking the Themes link in the footer of most of your non-Dashboard pages.

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Figure 9-2: Search through free and premium themes in Tumblr’s Theme Garden.

At the top of the page, you’ll see a cartoony hill-and-sky scene with links you can click to learn more about theme development and submit a custom theme to the Garden. There’s also a cute population sign that shows how many themes are currently ...

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