So for those of you that haven’t noticed, I’m relatively new to the whole “blogging” thing. I’ve played on Blogger in the past (note my wedding blog) but now that I’m blogging on almost a daily basis and posting pictures I’ve taken I’ve encountered a couple of interesting roadblocks. My hopes are sharing them with you will help if you’re deciding to blog too!
- Sharing: drawing readers to your content by posting to other places (e.g. Reddit) seems like a “duh” moment–but did you know you can be banned from some websites for trying to draw traffic to yours? It’s called spamming, and even if you have original content that is useful to share, posting links to your site through places like Reddit can get you in hot water with admins. The most popular example I’ve found is The Frogman (who I refer to lovingly as Bearman due to comics like these) whose website was banned completely from Reddit for submitting original content. That means that NO ONE can post content from his site anymore…that’s pretty sad.
- Pictures: Blogger has an upper limit for picture storage of 1 gig through Picasa. Once you reach that ceiling you either need to buy more, host from a third party site, or abandon ship. However, I’ve found that Google has created a loophole for users. If you keep your pictures under 800 pixels and your videos under 15 minutes, they will not count against your limit (source). For those of us that shoot in raw and have been uploading grossly large pictures….things need to change, and quickly (I’ve already used a quarter of my allotment!!) The easiest way is likely just resizing pictures because it’s unlikely that you would need to pull them directly from the site for publishing. Another option in consideration is hosting through a Flickr account and just sharing from there.
- Pictures Part 2: Watermarks–are they really necessary? Does anyone else feel like putting the watermark over the middle of the picture kind of ruins it for you? Can a post have TOO MANY pictures? Is it that obvious when people use only their smartphone to take pictures for their blogs? Do you need to own your pictures in order to put them on your blog (IMHO yes!)?
- The Box: I call it this because from many of the successful blogs I’ve seen they keep things very neatly inside a categorical box. Fashion blogs rarely stray off to talk about food or electronics, and food blogs should therefore rarely stray off course (and talk about blogging, right? :P) I’ve found it interesting trying to maintain a balance between How-To’s, recipe only posts, event posts, etc. (how often should I post into each category?!). You don’t want to get off topic. At the end of the day, unless you’re writing a lifestyle blog (which I feel tend to be about a little bit of everything but should still have some degree of organization), you need to fit in your box.