How to Comment on Tumblr Posts

Reblogging may be the standard way of responding to posts on Tumblr, but it's not the only one. Depending on how the blogs you follow are configured, you may also be able to leave comments on posts directly from within the dashboard. For this option to be available, the blog owner must have enabled replies from people she follows, people who have been following that blog for more than two weeks, or both. Neither option is on by default, and the first is available only for primary blogs.

Occasionally, you may also see Question posts on your dashboard -- posts displaying a comment field. This is an option that can be enabled when creating posts that end in a question mark; you can answer them regardless of whether you follow that blog or not.

Leaving a Comment

Step

Click the speech bubble.

The Tumblr dashboard.
The speech bubble only appears if you can leave a comment in this manner.
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The Reply field on the Tumblr dashboard.
Once you reach the character limit, you'll be unable to type any further.
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Step

Type your comment in the text field. The comment can be at most 250 characters long.

The Reply field on the Tumblr dashboard.
You can also press Ctrl-Enter to submit the comment.
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Step

Click Reply.

Answering a Question post

Step

Click anywhere inside the comment field to activate it.

An Ask post on the Tumblr dashboard.
The gray text remains even if the field is active, disappearing only once you start typing.
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Answering a Question post on Tumblr.
The text field displays a character counter to help you stay within the limit.
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Step

Type your answer in the text field. The answer can be at most 250 characters long.

Posting an answer to a Question post on Tumblr.
You can't submit a blank answer.
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Step

Click Answer.