The way Tumblr is built means you can use a certain set of URL tricks on any of these Tumblr-hosted blogs, whether created by media powerhouses or teenage nerds. They work on custom domains hosted at Tumblr too. Here's how to master Tumblr with the power of your URL bar.
Append "random" to the end of any Tumblr address to see a random post plucked from somewhere between today and the date the blog first started publishing. Many Tumblrs have a "random" link you can click on. Handy for those times when you want to see something different from the archives.
Speaking of archives, stick "archive" after the main site address to see every previous post on the blog, ordered by month and set out in an easy-to-use thumbnail grid layout. You can browse by month and by year using the menus and check out exactly when your favorite Tumblr first started posting.
We know you're still out there, RSS lovers, and when "rss" is placed at the end of a site address you get its official feed. Plug the address into your RSS reader of choice and never miss a new post — you can keep up with your favorite Tumblr blogs without having to subscribe to them in the dashboard.
Replace "tagofchoice" with any tag to see matching blog posts. Sometimes Tumblrs will have this as an option within the navigation links, but nevertheless it's a useful way of digging up older or more relevant posts, particularly if the site in question covers all kinds of different topics.
Now we're really through the looking glass. Combine the tag trick with the RSS trick and you have a custom-made RSS feed that only includes posts with a particular tag. Load this feed into something like IFTTT and you can really start to get creative, assuming the site admins are tagging posts correctly...
Append "chrono" to the end of a tag search address and the posts appear in chronological order with the oldest one shown first. If you have a stack of photos, film reviews or anything else tagged on your own blog, then this is a quick and easy way of finding the first posts you published.
Don't let the lack of a dedicated search box stop you from searching through a Tumblr blog—enter the URL above with your search term in the relevant place to run a query. Use the "+" symbol instead of a space if you want to try looking for a phrase instead of a single word using the Tumblr URL.
Find posts from a particular day with this hack, which can help you revisit updates from this time last year or focused around a particular event. If you post a lot on your own personal Tumblr blog then it can help you sort through the clutter and find something specific (assuming you know the post date).
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