How to Import Your Main Blog Into a Secondary Tumblr
By Randall Blackburn
The Tumblr platform does not support transferring the content from your main blog to one of your secondary blogs. Your main, or “primary,” blog offers functions that are not provided on secondary blogs. For example, you can follow other blogs only from your primary blog. Though the Tumblr platform does not support importing your primary blog to a secondary blog, you can automatically redirect the browsers of followers and visitors to your secondary blog’s URL.
Open your Tumblr dashboard, then click the “Customize” tab in the right sidebar menu. The primary blog theme opens with the Customize menu in the left sidebar.
Click the “Edit HTML” link, then right-click anywhere inside the HTML code. Click “Select All,” then press the “Backspace” or “Delete” key to delete all HTML code in the editor.
Copy the code below, then paste the code in the empty HTML page. Change the “2“ to the number of seconds to pause before the redirect is executed in the browser. Change the URL to the URL for your secondary blog.
<HTML> <head> <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="2; url=http://secondaryblog.tumblr.com/"> </head> </HTML>
You can add an optional message in a <body> section, if desired. Just make sure to provide the user enough time to read the message by increasing the number of seconds in the “content” attribute.
Click the “Update Preview” icon. Note that the redirect will not execute in the Preview window. Click “Save” to save the changes, then close the editor.
Open a new browser window, then type the URL for your primary blog and press “Enter.” Your browser is redirected to your secondary blog after the designated number of seconds.
You can reverse the redirect by using the Tumblr Theme Recovery page to restore the primary blog's theme (see Resources).
Note that you will not have the features of your primary blog available on your secondary blog once you establish the redirect. However, you can access your primary blog dashboard at any time, then follow users and view users who follow your blog.
Randall Blackburn has worked for several Fortune 1000 companies as a technical writer over the past seven years. He has produced a wide variety of technical documentation, including detailed programming specifications and research papers. Randall has also acquired several years' experience writing web content. Randall lives and works in Austin, TX.