If I could go back to the beginning of my blogging career, I would give myself this advice:
- Forget Blogger — go to WordPress and do not pass go.
- Buy your own domain and hosting so that you don’t have to be stuck with an ugly, hard-to-remember URL.
- Learn to take proper photos.
- Learn how to resize photos.
- Upload to secure storage so inserting photos into blogs is easier.
Notice a trend in those last three bullets? Blogging is about information, sure, but who wants to scroll through all that text?
The truth is — you HAVE to have good photos. The trick is — you HAVE to have good photos that are easy to find and use.
So, I put together a little video (it’s only 7 minutes, and I walk you through the entire process) on my photo blogging cheats. It’s embedded below, but if you can’t see it, you can view it on YouTube here.
A few points of information:
- I use a point and shoot camera (no fancy DSLR here!), but I do use all the bells and whistles that it came with — the biggest timesaver for me is lighting and framing the photo properly before snapping the first picture. Ideally, I upload the photo without having to crop or edit in Photoshop. Use your macro function, people. And a tripod.
- I have an Eye-Fi wireless card that lets me move photos to my computer without any USB cords or card reader. It’s a pretty good tool (although can take a while, so if I’m doing a lot of photos, I plug the camera in).
- I didn’t go over it in the video, but I love love LOVE the Name Mangler app for Mac — it lets me bulk edit titles of photos, add a number for a series of shots (Katy 1, Katy 2, Katy 3, etc.), change the type (.gif, .jpg, etc.) and more.
- In the video, I mention Automator (a Mac shortcut/actions builder) and the plugin Flickr Photo Album NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
- I have a pro account on Flickr, but there are free versions available that will do the job just fine.
- (This one’s not about blogging, but still…) When my hard drive crashed, I thought I’d have to download my Flickr photos to my desktop, one by one. Then I found the Bulkr app. Saved my sanity.
What else can I help with when it comes to blogging? Do you want more details on how to take and edit photos? Other plugins that I love? Why I prefer WordPress over Blogger? Leave me a comment and I’ll work on a how-to video to answer your questions!