The method for creating a Tumblr URL with a hyphen at the beginning isn't obvious, but you can do it once you know the trick. The trick works only when you create a secondary blog -- you can't do it with your primary blog. Before you put a lot of work into the blog, however, keep in mind that Tumblr makes it hard to create these URLs for a reason; domain names that begin with a hyphen don't conform to generally accepted Internet standards. While your new Tumblr URL may work fine for now, there's no guarantee you won't run into problems down the road.

Step 1

Sign in to your Tumblr account, click the arrow next to your primary blog name in the right pane, and then select "Create a New Blog."

Step 2

Enter the title of your new blog in the Title field.

Step 3

Enter the URL for the blog, including the hyphen at the beginning, in the URL field. Tumblr displays an error message about the hyphen -- ignore it for now.

Step 4

Add a word before the hyphen -- any word will do -- so that Tumblr no longer displays the error message.

Step 5

Highlight the word you just added, and then position your mouse pointer over the "Create Blog" button.

Step 6

Press the "Delete" key and then immediately click "Create Blog." You have to be very quick -- if you're too slow, you get the error message again. Keep trying until you succeed.