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Reading and Commenting
The Art and Science of Blogging
Building your blogsphere radar
Blog Planning Questions
Session 4: Using Visuals
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A picture is worth a 1,000 word-post. Blogs with pictures tell a far more interesting story than those without.
There are millions of posts being written, those with photos grab attention
Photos make your posts more engaging and appeal your reader's emotional senses
Help improve reader comprehension
Photos add a personal touch to your blogging which invites more conversation
For those reading via a RSS readers, this encourages them to "pop" out of their reader because RSS readers are text-based designs. Scanning the images slows people down.
Helps with search engine optimization
Images are good at the start of your post to draw people into reading it
It is also great to use images throughout your post for visual examples of what you're writing about
Images may help you make your points in a stronger way
Examples of Using Images in Blog Posts
Logos of products or services or programs you're writing about:
Screen captures if you are talking about a web-based service or something technically related:
Photos of yourself, the writer:
Images that prove a point:
Images that show examples throughout the post:
Images as Visuals For Title
Images to inspire:
Where to Get Photos
You can purchase stock photos
You can take your own with a digital camera, don't need anything fancy
Screen capture software like "Snag It"
Social photo sharing sites like Flickr
Understanding Copyright and Creative Commons Licensing
What is the difference between copy right and CC licensing?
What are the difference flavors of CC licenses?
How it works in Flickr
Is the subject of the photo copyrighted?
If the photo is of, say, a TV screen showing a newscast or a newspaper page showing a staff photo, then you still might be liable for copyright violation despite the terms of the CC license listed on Flickr or elsewhere.
Does the Flickr user really have rights to the image?
Unfortunately, many Flickr users post to their accounts images that they did not take and don't have permission to use. In that case, their CC license is invalid. If you're not sure, ask before using.
Is the image genuine?
Remember, any photo (even from allegedly reputable pro photojournalists) can be faked or altered. If you have doubts about authenticity, investigate before running the image.
Save or print the screen where you found the photo that shows the CC license notation.
Whenever you use a CC-licensed photo that you find on Flickr or elsewhere, it's a good idea to
leave a comment
or send a note to the photographer thanking them and giving the link to where you ran it. That's more than just being polite -- it also can prevent criticism that you're exploiting unsuspecting amateurs. In photography, as elsewhere, appearances count.
Quick Primer and Introduction to Flickr
Let's go look at
Pro Blogger Posts and Tips about Images
Using Images to Take Your Posts
Using Images to Make Your RSS Feeds POP!
Formatting Images for SEO
Telling Your STory with Words and Images
How to Optimize Images for Google Image Search
An Introduction to Using Images on Blogs
Using Photos in your Posts
Why Creative Commons:
Get Creative Movie
Choosing A License
Creative Commons Comic Book
The Six Main Licenses
Best practices for
using on blogs
Flickr 101: Techniques
Flickr for Beginners: Tips from LifeHacker
How to get the most out of flickr
Using Flickr Photos As Source Material
Screencast: Using Flickr As A Resource for Presentations
Ten Tips for Finding Great Photos on Flickr
Amy Gahran's Advice on Using Flickr Photos As Source Material
Do you think the photos in flickr are crap? Ha
More Advanced Techniques
Top Ten Flickr Hacks
- fun stuff with the flickr API
on my blog
(PC) (OS) (Screencast tutorial
Which free screen capture should I use?
help on how to format text
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