Show your Passion with a Photo Blog
by Tony Pomilia · October 1, 2011
One of the best ways to creatively express yourself, is to create a photo blog. A photo blog can be whatever you want it to be, on any subject matter you may find interesting. Common photo blogs include fashion, food, sports and entertainment, though there are an infinite number of things to photo blog about.
Remember to choose something that excites you that you will not be bored of in the years to come. It is not only a great way to express yourself it is a fun and exciting way to connect with other people. You may find yourself having fans of your work, creating a platform and increasing the likelihood your photo blog will become a career stepping stone.
So, how do you get this photo blog up and running? First, you need pictures. Start compiling photos that work well to you. Try to find photos that are similar or following your theme well and in a way that is unique and appealing to the eye. Remember to add some sort of caption, quote or other interesting information to go with the photo, so your followers have something to read, rather than just pictures to look at.
Choosing your programming language will determine the type of hosting you will need. Flash is the most popular builder used for photo blogs. If you are new to Flash and are just learning it can be overwhelming. However, there are many free tutorials online that can offer advice, tips, and how-to’s on using Flash. Once you start learning and improve, Flash can be a fun and interesting way to showcase your photos.
When determining the right website host, be sure they work well with photo blogs, not just regular blogs. The difference can be bandwidth and amount of storage you will be using. Where writing only takes up a bit of memory, photos can add up quickly, so check with the provider ahead of time, so you don’t end up with a site that cannot hold your storage archives. You don’t want to lose any information on your site as time progresses and more photos have been compiled. Make sure to upgrade your site as needed and look for the hosting services that can adapt to your future plans for the site.
Building a Community:
Visitor interaction is an important part of building any site. The reason you are building it in the first place is to share your life, vision and ideas with others. When you choose to add a comments section, remember to stay consistent with checking them often. It is important to create a community where people feel welcomed to discuss what you are posting. This will ensure your blog will consistently get traffic, leading again to a better platform.
Building a community can take a long time, years even, so remember to be patient. Also, network your site and ask other blog friends to share your site. As more people see it, the more likely they will share it. Be sure to post often to keep your content new and fresh. Keep your fans happy and try to increase followers by keeping the pictures exciting. This will also ensure that your site will be properly searched and be relevant on search engines.
When creating a photo blog you want to remain consistent. Posting often will maintain your credibility within your community and they are more likely to share your page. Word of mouth advertising is free.
Keep your bandwidth and space of the highest quality, even if it means adding a little extra capital. Again, it can take a really long time to get quality traffic, but it is better to be slow and steady. Most hosting companies offer 99.9% up time. That means your website will be available for view 99.9% of the time, minus any server updates or glitches. This is the industry standard and no company can offer 100% up time.
With inspiration, creativity, and passion, you can create a photo blog that expresses who you are. Though at times it may seem like a lot of work, the ending product can be a proud and joyous creation. Take the time to organize the project, learn new ways to show it off, and share it with those you love, and those you haven’t met yet.