How to backup your blog if you are actually worried


  • Go to
  • Create a new website. Choose whatever category you think fits your blog best and whatever theme you like. You can just choose the free plan unless you want a custom domain for whatever reason. 
  • Click Settings on the sidebar. 

Then click import at the top of the page and go to “Other Importers”


From the list that appears, choose “Tumblr”


You should be asked to log in. Once you do, all your blogs will appear in a list. 


Simply click “Import this blog” and every single one of your posts, including all of their tags, will be imported into wordpress. It will take a very very long time but it should work. You will now have a wordpress website that contains an exact copy of your blog. I would recommend changing it to “Private” in the main settings if you don’t want people thinking that it is active, because at least I know I won’t actually leave tumblr unless it really does shut down, which I don’t think will happen.


Crossposting/Importing Tumblr


As promised, resources! 

To crosspost to Dreamwidth from Tumblr using IFTT (this has been around a while, but IFTT requires programming skills I didn’t have, so it’s nice someone actually assembled the program for me)

To import an entire Tumblr to WordPress (For archival purposes primarily)

I feel like people maybe flipped out a little more than necessary, so I want to remind everyone that Yahoo tends to beat websites to death and then leave their corpses in the street – was an anomaly in that respect – so it’s not like Tumblr’s going to disappear tomorrow. If Yahoo sells Tumblr we’ll hear about it first and have time to take appropriate measures. 

(Who the fuck would buy Tumblr? Microsoft. Microsoft, owner of Bing, would buy Tumblr.)

That said, BACKING STUFF UP IS A GOOD IDEA. BACK UP YOUR SHIT. DO IT, LISTEN TO YOUR INTERNET FATHER. You know when I learned this? When in 2008 my livejournal was hacked and I lost five years of my life. I resurrected about 80%, and you know where that 80% came from? Google cache,, and notification emails people happened to have saved. BACKUPS. And even then I had to copy and paste every post and repost it backdated. It took me eight months. 

When was sold, data was lost, but more importantly, the data that remained had to be moved, which was when I discovered that about a quarter of the fanfics I’d bookmarked were now deleted, locked, or otherwise missing (this was pre-AO3 but fanfics can be deleted from AO3, and they can be deleted from Tumblr). I rescued a few from but I also lost a good number, which is why I use Evernote to archive not just the URLs but the stories themselves.  

No technology is infallible, unhackable, virus-proof, or incorruptible. Back up your hard drive, or at least the parts with your favorite music and family photos. Back up your tumblr, or at least the entries that are important to you. Love that fanfic? Save a copy of it

You know what happens to people who don’t back up their shit? They get sanctimonious but ultimately correct lectures from Reed Richards.  



intrusive audio ads


If you’ve been active on tumblr lately, you may notice that they’ve started running a new type of ad in the right-hand sidebar unit. Specifically, there’s been an uptick in ads that auto-play loud audio, some of which are even un-mutable.

We’ve addressed this in Anti-Capitalism version 1.3.0, which adds a new option:


(small mea culpa: the naming here is slightly confusing. this will *always* remove the sidebar ad, even if it doesn’t happen to be one that plays audio, because we don’t have the ability to distinguish between them. the other difference is that it does it in a way that also takes care of the audio-visual component instead of just hiding the ad, like some adblockers have been doing)

let us know what you think! I’m probably going to be going to bed soon, but you can always reach us in our ask box, our support blog, or our live support chat. In general the dev team has less time to reply to asks nowadays because of both real-life obligations and the sheer quantity of asks we receive, so you’ll generally have a better time with the support chat, if you can catch one of us online. If nobody is online, you always can leave a message for us to read later. thanks for understanding!

(one last plug—If you’re interested in helping us run New XKit, for example by answering asks or helping other users with questions + problems, come stop by and introduce yourself! we don’t bite, we promise!)


New Ads on Tumblr’s Dashboard Sidebar

Tumblr widened the right sidebar of the Desktop Dashboard. Three out of four of my primary blog accounts now show a new Sponsored section with ads in the wider sidebar. If you’re using an ad blocker extension on your web browser, you may not see it.

This sponsored banner rotates ads and scrolls with you on the Dashboard. Some ads are distractingly animated. Thumbs down, Tumblr.

To hide this ever-present banner ad, consider installing a free ad blocker such as Adblock Plus. However, Tumblr Help advises the following about “managing” your ad settings: “There are also browser extensions that you can look into, just know that some extensions negatively affect the way Tumblr works. So use them at your own risk.”

Locked out of your account?






Tumblr not willing to help you? What else is new!

So if you’re locked out because, like me, you’ve been in this flower decorated shithole for such a long time that the email you used got terminated by Microsoft and, like me, do not wish to lose the blog you’ve spent years on and “simply make a new one” like our dearest staff suggests, here’s an easy fix!

Get this swell trick–

Your account was terminated, right?

So logically speaking, the email is no longer used, right? Catching on yet? 

Yeah, just make a new email with the same exact address as the one you used on for your blog!

You’ll be able to receive the reset email no problem. Yay!

@kitsiinabox ?!????!!!!!

It WORKED IT WORKED, bless you!!






this is a BIG DEAL to me because I’ve been being actively stalked by my ex for more than a year now. we all know blocking does nothing since it doesn’t stop someone from going to your blog directly to see your posts while logged out.


this is FAR from fixing the problem since there’s no way to SEE which users have viewed your blog (so you can block them if you deem this necessary) or to only allow followers/mutuals to view your blog, but it’s a BIG step in the right direction. i’m sorta astounded i haven’t heard about this via another post but it’s important enough to me to make this post and let people know about it.


i’ll gladly endure the flood of notes this post is sure to bring if it means a bit of control and some peace of mind for anyone else out there who’s also living with the fear and anxiety of their blog being monitored by unwanted watchers.

i encourage anyone with this issue to create a statcounter account too.

statcounter is a free, easy to use site for monitoring site traffic. statcounter’s code tracks visitors to your site and its branch links (like readmores!) and the site itself offers a sizable, free storage log to record and store this information.

i’ve drawn up a complete how-to on installing and using statcounter over here.

Tumblr April Fool’s Joke






This is what your dash looks like if you fall for the Tumblr April Fool’s Joke.

I know some of my followers might have vision sensitivities, and as this background is a rather bright color, I wanted to warn everyone.

If you don’t want your dash to look like this, do NOT click on the “This Is Decision 2016″ voting link. It will take you to a page where you vote for a lizard, and once you do, it changes your dash to look like the above.

If you’ve already fallen for it, there is a way to revert to the default dash. Underneath the spinning “Decision 2016″ graphic on the sidebar, there is a link to opt out.

Stay safe and have fun, lovelies!

It looks like this. 

Reblogging for the image to opt out.

oh, hey, ty!

PS: I had to shut down like all of my x-kit extensions to get the “opt out” link to actually WORK.

Dear Tumblr, what the actual fuck




When I refreshed my dash a few hours ago, Tumblr suddenly decided that apparently every post made prior to an arbitrary point was not something I needed to read. I could go back three pages, but the third page had no ‘next’ button at the bottom, which, given the way Tumblr generates dashboard URLs, means everything older than that page might as well not exist for me unless I go individually check every blog I follow.

(I can now go back SIX pages. New stuff being posted does not seem to kick old stuff past the barrier, but the barrier itself is still there.)

I thought for a while that one specific post might be at fault, since it was always on the last accessible page, and its position on that page determined how many older posts I could see (ie, if it was at the bottom, it was the last thing I could reach; if it was at the top, I could see nine others beyond it), but I temporarily unfollowed the person who made the post in order to test that theory, and that simply altered what the final post on the final accessible page was; it did not fix the problem.

Is this happening to anyone else?

Okay, this has been happening to me too, and what you can do to get around it goes like this:

open up the reblog at the bottom of your page on a new tab

in the url copy the big number indicating what post it is

you can close that tab and back on your dashboard’s url, you can just paste the new big number there. page number doesn’t matter, you can ignore that.

then when you load the page, the post at the top will be the post that would’ve been at the top of the next page if tumblr behaved.

if you’d like to verify to make sure you’ve lost nothing, you can do this with the second to last post on your current dashboard page, and then the last post on your current page will be the first post on the next.

Huh! i don’t have this problem myself but reblogging for my other peeps to try.

Messaging Tweaks: Enhance your IM experience


This brand new extension is for all the people that have gotten the new IM update for Tumblr! Useful tweaks to enhance your way of chatting with people!

Change chat bubble color, align your messages to the right, minimize the chat, or replace the background color of the chat with a color of your choice! Anything is game!

You absolutely don’t want to see any kind of messaging? This has a tweak to remove the chat bubble out of your sight and out of your mind! (+a small easter egg tweak)

More information about functionality after the read more!

Keep reading

This is lovely!  I wonder if anyone’s thought of a way to maximize it or move it out of the right corner of the screen.  Because I have serious visual issues with it being locked over in this skinny box on the right.  😛