Messages can come to your account mailbox from Tumblr directly when there is important news or feature updates, or from other Tumblr users in the form of questions via your site’s Ask form, submissions on your Submissions page, or Fan Mail. (See Chapter 7 for more on the Ask feature, submissions, and Fan Mail.)
You will automatically see a total message count on the Messages button in the Dashboard sidebar, but you may also configure your account to display an envelope icon in the Dashboard menu by following the directions in the next section. When enabled, the envelope icon shows a red indicator when new messages arrive.
Adding the envelope icon to your Dashboard
To add the envelope icon to your Dashboard menu, you have to do two things:
1. Open the Blog Settings page and then enable the Ask and/or Submit features. When you’re finished, click Save.
The Blog Settings button is located in the Dashboard sidebar.
2. Open the Preferences page and then enable the Show My Unified Inbox option. Click Save to save your changes.
You can access the Preferences page by clicking the gear wheel-shaped Preferences icon on the Dashboard menu.
Viewing and managing messages
To view your messages, click the envelope icon on the Dashboard menu or the Messages button on the Dashboard sidebar. Both options open the Messages page where messages appear in a listing with the most recent message at the top, as shown in Figure 5-2.
Figure 5-2: Access the Messages page by clicking ...