Blog moved to tumblr

Believe it or not, up to now I’ve been doing blog posts the hard way, i.e. hand crafted HTML. While this produced very clean HTML output, it just lacked a number of features I really wanted like tags, comments and so on. So when I found out about tumblr, it was rather a question of finding the time to move everything than do it or not do it…

Actually, the whole procedure was rather painless although it took a couple of hours to figure all the customization stuff out:

Getting tumblr to work as a subdomain of was quite easy: add a new configuration to my DNS account, add the address inside tumblr, done. Customizing the appearance was a bit more tricky. Basically one does write a HTML template and adds certain text fragments defined by tumblr which are then filled in to show the blog text, comments, images, … the only tricky part was that I like centered images/videos inside text and sometimes like to have text floating around images. The trick is to define a custom CSS inside the “customize appearance” tumblr dialog and then use CSS-classes not CSS-styles inside the blog posts. For some reason tumblr’s HTML editor removes all style attributes when saving changes. This is most likely to support a very cool feature that allowed me to copy&paste my old posts from the browser into the editor and automatically matched what was a heading, what was an image and what was normal text.

I’m now trying to figure out how to add the tags and comment part to my customized appearance…

– Alex

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