All posts tagged: Blogging

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Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: Getting Ready

This time next Tuesday I will getting ready to board a plane. I would be almost at the airport and, I no doubt, will be feeling incredibly anxious as I get ready to take my first international flight in over 20 years, and my first ever on my own. Trip the USA This week is very busy, but I don’t have a lot to report. I am spending the week getting things finished before I go and getting other things finalized. Blog The blog will be different while I’m away. I don’t want to stop doing it, but somethings I do now take a bit of time, like Monochrome Madness, so I am going to take a break from my usual routine. I will still blog, but I am going to do more a journal style and write about my trip. The laptop I will be using isn’t great for processing, I also won’t have the time to do lots of work on images, so there might be a lot of photos taken with the …

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UfD: My Seven Tips for Blogging

Sometimes it is hard to find a topic for these posts, but for a while I’ve been thinking about blogging. I get asked questions all the time about my blog and I thought if you wanted to know my seven top tips for blogging, then what would they be. So I’ve been thinking about them for awhile and this is what I’ve come up with. 1 – Blog like you like to read blogs. It sounds cliché but it is so true. If you want people to read your blog, think about the blogs you love and then ask  yourself why you like them. Then take those answers and apply them to yours. It is a valuable exercise. You want to attract like minded people to yourself, so blog the way they do. Don’t copy them, but look at the ways they do things and see if you can incorporate some of that yourself. 2 – You get what you put in. I was going to call this point ‘if you build it they won’t come’, …

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Up for Discussion: Why We Blog

I’ve told you that it is a crazy week for me, and not a good one, so I am trying not to be too lazy, but I can’t do a massive Up for Discussion post today, so I thought I might do one on Why We Blog.  I will start.  I will tell you why I blog.  Then you can leave me a comment with why you blog, or maybe you might do your own blog post on why you blog with a pingback to this post.  Why do you think? Why I Blog I wrote my first blog post on WordPress, in September 2010, however it wasn’t my first blog.  I originally started in January 2010 on Blogspot, First One. I started a blog for a couple of reasons, one was because I was photographing cycling and trying to sell the photos. A guy who worked with my husband suggested that I start a blog, that people liked blogs.  Well it never helped with the cycling, but then it had a second effect. Suddenly …

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Up for Discussion: Up for Discussion

This week I thought we could talk about these posts, what is good about them, what you like, and maybe what we can do with them next year. It is the time of year to be winding down, so I didn’t want to do anything heavy today, I know many are very busy getting ready for Christmas next year, so I thought we could have a post here on Up for Discussion. Guest Posting I have loved having people guest post.  It has been interesting and gives you all more diversity having others come in and discuss things that I don’t know anything about.   It is also a great opportunity for me to learn something new as well. They are something I would like to continue next year, though finding people to guest post isn’t always easy. It has been wonderful when people have come to me with an idea of what they would like to guest post about and then we can talk about it.  Many of the guest posts I’ve had have …

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Up for Discussions – SEO for Photographers, Part 1

labeToday’s Up for Discussion post has been written by Mary McAvoy, she also has a WordPress blog, Sublime Days.  Mary wrote commented on my post last week about post production and started telling me about what I should be doing to get better at SEO. I’m sure many or most of you have heard of this. I keep getting emails from people telling me if I pay them they can get my SEO rating a lot higher, and my husbnad keeps saying Google hate them and if you do it, it will make it worse.  So Mary was telling me things I didn’t know, so thought it would be great for us all to hear.  It is tough area, but really, it is so very important and you all should read it, think about it, and see you can make some changes to your blog/website, next week she will talk about images. I will hand it over to Mary now. I’m grateful to Leanne for giving me this opportunity to share with her readers what …

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Up for Discussion – Pros and Cons of Blogs

I am so sorry, I have to make this quick today, I am attending a seminar this morning that the AIPP is running on portrait photos, The Simple Creative, and I can’t talk for too long here, but today I thought it would be interesting to talk about blogs, maybe get some advice to people starting them up, or on tips how people can make them better. Cons Recently I received an email from a blogger friend who asked me why don’t people put where in the world they are in their About section or somewhere on their blog.  I wrote back saying, I know, why don’t they.  I often seeing images from people on their blogs and since I am always interested in places I often go to peoples About pages read through it to see where they are.  Most of the time there is nothing.  I don’t think you need to be really specific, like I tell people I live in Australia, I am in the city of Melbourne, but I live in …

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Up for Discussion – Why We Blog

Yesterday, in a comment, someone said something about why people blog.  I thought it was a great idea to discuss this.  It is different for everyone and, if you are anything like me, those reasons have changed over time.  So I will start, this is why I blog. I started blogging just over 4 years ago, but I started on another platform, but I did come to WordPress in September 2010.  Originally it started as a way to help me make art.  I was an artist but I was/am a lazy person and I need a push.  My good friend from Uni had started blogging to get her to create art, it seemed like a good idea, so I did the same. Not photographed very well, but a lino print I did from I photo I had taken at a cycling race.  I was back into photography then, but not totally committed.  I was trying to find some way to do both. I kept drawing. I wanted to keep painting. It was all getting too …