Today, I came across a small hiccup in the usability of Tumblr’s interface. I had set up a Tumblr account some time ago and not configured it. I went in today to do just that–because Tumblr works with Klout, Hootsuite and Google Glass, all of which I just started using this past month. But, when I went in to change the default Title “untitled”, I couldn’t find how to do it. My instinct was to go to login in via tumblr.com, which takes you to tumblr.com/dashboard, and then to click on the gear icon for the settings page. But my instinct was wrong. That’s a terribly futile way to change the title of your blog. Instead, what you need to do is visit the URL of your actual Tumblr blog. Mine, for example, is < iansmithdahl.tumblr.com >. From there, if you’re logged in, you should see a contextual menu in the top right with two links: customize and dashboard. Click on customize, and you’ll be taken to a page with two panes, a replication of your blog on the right and a scrolling pane with several options on the left. One of the options there is your title. You can click it in, edit to your heart’s content, and click Save at the top. Voila!
After a long wait, and the thoughtfulness of a friend who knew how much I wanted to get my grubby little hands one of these, I’ve finally landed an “explorer edition” of Google Glass. So far, it’s worked great for what I wanted it for: which is taking pictures of the kiddos. My youngest one in particular would always get distracted by the phone, whenever I pulled it out to take a picture or a video. He’s still aware of what I’m doing with the Glass. But, first of all, it’s far quicker to the draw. All I have to do is touch the side of my face and say, “Okay, Glass, take a picture.” and it’s done. Second of all, and more importantly, it’s less distracting to the little guy. He doesn’t usually stop what he’s doing. So, I’ve been able to take a lot of nice, quick, even sometimes surreptitious pics and videos that I wouldn’t normally have been able to get. Mission accomplished.