A brief history of my time on tumblr
Hey. As you might heard i’ve had tumblr blog renegade-is-in-my-blood for years. As many other tumblr blogs mine was (still kinda is) a mess. I’ve went through different phases and it was long and rough journey untill this happened:
I started my tumblr at 12 May 2013 as a diary i remember posting cringe worthy description of my day. Luckily i lost interest after short while and deleted them all. Then my blog turned into typical depressed teen blog- not that there is anything wrong with that- “you do you” -but basically what i did was reblogged dark quotes and self harm aesthetic photos. Again i was interested in it just for a while so I suddenly turned into rock bands blog ( name renegade-is-in-my-blood is quote from my favourite band paramore and their song called renegade- take a listen here if you like ). From here i turned into anime blog (ofc)- from anime to TV shows fandom (sherlock, supernatural, doctor who, american horror story, game of thrones – basically you name it i saw it and blogged about it) From TV shows fandoms is really close to (fanfictions) youtube and youtubers – Danisnotonfire (at that time) and Amazingphil was only thing i blogged about, and this was the time when i realize i earned quite a lot of followers- around 7K at that time. It was when i got my first tumblr message from a lady describing their fashion website Beautifulhalo and how they would love to work with me. I was very skeptical, getting money on tumblr sounded off to me.I’ve been thinking about it a lot but in the end i was too scared i would somehow lose my blog i’ve been working so hard on so i refused because as i said it to the lady “i wasn’t a fashion blog”.
Now when i look back it was very irrational of me to refuse such opportunity because of my blogs aesthetic. I could have earned much more. But fate and the same lady from beautifulhalo had other plans for me as i got another message from her offering me the collaboration again, or at least more details about how whole collaboration would work. I said yes and the rest was history of dream job. (you can check how i got to work with beautifulhalo in their article)
I learned i really enjoyed promoting fashion stores and money and free clothes as a bonus was just great. Since that first message i got many more and accepted working with most of them. I’ll tell you details of each store and how you can do what i do in individual articles. Now my tumblr blog is a mess of aesthetic photographs, fashion clothes recommendations, my reviews of them and memes (ofc).
How I prosper on my tumblr
Now with double digits of thousands of followers i try my best to promote all of the stores i work with without being too much of an annoying sell out blog. But that’s not that easy as it sound (yes i’m complaining about blogging too much)
Here are some tricks i observed over the years of how to keep your blog active and prospering:
1.Post as much as possible so people in all time zones and all times can see your content.
Great tool for that is schedule option. Basically how you do it is when you click on settings of reblog button and choose schedule you can plan what day and time your (or any other) post will be shared on your blog.
For example i post all day long 24 hours. I’m from middle of europe so my evening ( most productive internet time- most of my followers are the most active from 6 evening till midnight- this information is earned from years of observing internet) is around US noon time and let’s face it many people have other business to do at noon than sit on tumblr, but when US followers have evening i’m deep asleep in my country. So i could have changed my time schedule to satisfy my american followers (but neglect my european followers) or i could simply schedule my posts at ideal time. Problem solved. Here are picture manual on how to do it:
You simply put your tumblr url and it generates your information like mine here:
Scheduling takes time too i’m not gonna lie. For me it’s easier to schedule everything at once and then i don’t need to care about my blog and my potential income anymore cuz i know my blog is working for me. I usually take hour or two before bed to schedule 250 posts for the next day. But i check my schedules every morning to check if i have hit post limit (very often) and all of the posts that wasn’t posted at time after i hit post limit needs to be rescheduled for another day (or deleted it is up to you but they just won’t disappear on their own)
2. Be selective of what you put on your blog
I understand that in amount of 250 posts a day you can’t be very picky as there’s simply not that much time to analyze every potential post. My trick is: pick your favourite blog or blogs and reblog everything from them. I know my fav blogs posts things i like and even when the post i want to see haven’t loaded on my slow internet, that post is already scheduled on my blog. I trust them not to post anything controversial. Here are mine fav blogs
I try to schedule 100-150 posts from those and other 100-150 posts is my own. I re-reblog my own collages, recommendations, outfit ideas, review from stores i collaborate with. Each post contains link of store where you can buy those items with my specific track code- in that case if someone made purchase of something i get small commission from that store for bringing them new customers. Also if someone from my followes choose to use discount code i share they can get discount of their order and i also get commision so both sides win. But for that my followers needs to see what i offer so it’s important to keep my post at the top pages and keep reblogging them again and again.
As i collaborate with around 10 stores and i try to post from all of them i use my own tags to track back to each post. Also you can track each store because of their individual tags.
3.Keep your followers coming
When i started doing store promotions regularly i noticed massive fall of my followers. Many unfollowed and i can’t blame them i understand that not everyone is interested in fashion and if blog changes their content you’re not obligated to stay their follower just for the old times sake (looking at all suddenly k-pop blogs i’m following but not remembering following in first place).
This will happen you just gotta stay positive and do your thing, i promise if you keep going right people will find and follow you.
Annoying thing i do is putting my signature on random aesthetic posts – little x or xo. That way if people reblog that post from you and are too lazy or busy to delete your caption their followers will see your url name on their feed and simple ad is made. ( i try to just add mine caption and not to remove one that was made by the autor-but i prefer post without any caption)
I also use online sites for gaining followers such as
You put your url name and short description of your blog and if people are interested or have similar blog they will follow you. Follow for follow works the best. I use this one the most
Same thing. Solid website.
If you have some more free time make second blog (through other email not the same you use for your main blog- if you make second blog there both of your blogs will have same post limit of 250 posts- and that’s not what we want if our goal is to spread your posts to widest audience)
and repeat all the steps i mentioned before.
But be careful and take it slowly, from my experiences when i created fresh blog and started following many people ( so they could follow me back and i broaden my audience) and reblogging everything from my original blog , tumblr might shut you down after few days or weeks (it depends) because of fake account or something.
How i solved this problem:
I use my younger sisters tumblr. She created it years ago but never really used it so she gave me her password, i cleaned it a bit and now with few thousand followers on there i simply reblog all of the posts i put on my main blog. This is how many other followers will see the same posts as my own original followers.
Here is my side blog:
I’m not any tumblr pro, just an observer. I hope this will help you reach your goal. I’ll share tips how to start earning money and working with fashion sites as i do next time.
Let me know what you think of this tips or if you have any well-established tips of your own and would like to share them let me know in the comments.
Thank you for your attention, means a lot