Your Tumblr blog is a unique creation, so why would you want to showcase your distinctive thoughts in one of the service’s built-in themes — the ones so many others are already using? Obvious answer: You don’t.

And you don’t have to.

General Assembly — the folks behind the Dash online coding tutorials as well as a host of tech-oriented educational initiatives — has teamed up with Tumblr to let you build your own custom themes and publish them to Tumblr so your blog looks as original as your content.

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It takes a bit of coding, but don’t worry. General Assembly, which launched its Dash online learn-to-code program last October, will guide you step-by-step through the process. Dash interactive lessons show beginners how to build websites using HTML, CSS and Javascript. The company reports it has helped novices build some 400,000 web pages so far. These new Dash Tumblr theme tutorials are being offered free of charge.

The support team at Tumblr helped to build the lessons, which are specifically designed to make it easy for beginners with no coding experience to create one-of-a-kind themes.

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