You can privately answer a message from a Tumblr follower using the Tumblr Fan Mail feature. The Fan Mail feature is the Tumblr version of a private messaging platform. If a follower sent you a Fan Mail or Ask message, simply respond privately to the message to communicate with only the other user. When you respond to a Fan Mail message, only you and the recipient can access the message. If another Tumblr user sent you a message using the “Ask” feature, you can respond privately to the message.

Create a Private Fan Mail Message

Step 1

Log in to your Tumblr account and open your inbox.

Step 2

Click on the “Inbox” icon in the top navigation menu.

Step 3

Click the “Send Fan Mail” icon in the right panel to open a New Message form.

Step 4

Type the username of the recipient in the Send To field if the field does not automatically populate.

Step 5

Type the text of the message in the message body.

Step 6

Click the drop-own list at the bottom of the message, then click the blog to associate with the message.

Step 7

Click “Send." The private message is sent to the recipient.

Respond Privately to Ask or Fan Mail Message

Step 1

Log in to your Tumblr account and open your inbox.

Step 2

Click on the “Inbox” icon in the top navigation menu to open your Tumblr messages.

Step 3

Click the message you would like to answer. The response form opens.

Step 4

Type the message to the original sender in the message box.

Step 5

Click “Answer Privately” to send the private message to the recipient.