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Introduction to Blogging Part Three;  

Adding Pictures

Continuing this series of articles about getting started with blogging, today’s entry is about adding pictures to your blog. I will not describe ‘how’ to upload your pictures to your blog, as that will vary from blog host to blog host and also from where your pictures are currently stored. You will need your pictures to be on your computer in order to upload them to whichever site you choose to use. To do this you can either take your photos using a digital camera and them following your camera/computers software instructions transfer the pictures to your computer. If you do not have a digital camera you can use a scanner plugged into your computer, to scan images of completed works.

Show and Tell

When the purpose of the day’s post is entirely about sharing a finished piece of work, here is my thought process and how I choose what pictures to add. Posts in this category I think of as ‘Show and Tell’ as they say in the USA.

What is it? 

Firstly I write a brief paragraph as an introduction to what the piece is. A back story is good, why the piece was created, for a swap as an example.

Add an Image

This is the first thing viewers will see of your work, before they start to read. Make sure you have either a single image or series of images that show your work to its best. Take pictures of the inside of your project if that has been decorated too. I edit my photos in Photoshop Elements to ensure they look as good as they can, then add a watermark to ensure my details stay with the finished photograph.

List products Used

Personally I always list in detail the products I have used in my work. When I have visited blogs where people show finished work the first comments are often questions about what papers/inks/ stamps were used in the projects.

Links

I link to the manufacturer’s sites of the products I have used. Remember people from all over the world may read this article, so listing a local store is not as helpful as you may first think. Most manufacturers sites have a store locator which is of much more use to a global audience.

Coming up in Part Four

In the next article I will describe how I write my tutorials. Part 4; Writting Tutorials for your Blog

 

Links to the rest of this series of articles

Written articles have been covered by this series;

Introduction to Blogging Series

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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Introduction to Blogging Part Two;

What to Blog

 

Having decided that you want to give blogging a go, what should you write about and how to go about it. I’ll describe my thought process for what I put on this blog. I’ve been asked how I work out my tutorials, well the same thought process actually goes into anything I put on line. The biggest  break you can give yourself is to plan. Don’t try and do a tutorial for later that day or for tomorrow. Thanks to an unreliable Internet connection I have to post things ahead of time and schedule when I want them to appear, as I cannot guarantee that I’ll get a connection at any time.

Idea

So I’ve just made/found or bought something that I want to share with the world.

What

  • My first step is to decide What exactly it is that I want to share.
  • A picture of a finished piece or particular item.
  • A tutorial of how I made something
  • A review of a piece of equipment
  • Links to ideas and inspiration

 

How

Once I’ve decided what it is I want to share, this usually points me in a direction for how to share;

  • Written article on the blog
  • Photographic Step By Step on the blog
  • Video Tutorial; hosted on You Tube but also embedded in the blog

 

Why

Often over looked in blogs and tutorials but a vital step for me is WHY I’m sharing something. When you thing about why, you are thinking about your intended audience. It makes you think ‘What would I want to know if I was watching /reading this.

  • In response to a question or comment I have received
  • To show others how a technique works, to enable them to try it as well 
  • To share how a  project was created
  • To enable someone to decide if a product is for them (reviews)
  • To share with others information/links that have helped or inspired me, and would do the same for them
  • To help others increase their knowledge of products and techniques

 

In the next part of this series I will go into more detail about using pictures in the blog.

Part 3; Adding Pictures to your Blog

 

Written articles have been covered by this series;

Introduction to Blogging Series

 

Thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Introduction to Blogging Part One

Welcome Back

I’ve been blogging for about a year now and in that time I have written a lot, read a lot and learnt a lot. If one of your New Years Resolutions was to create a blog but you don’t know where to start then you have come to the right place. In the next few posts I will be sharing hints and tips on how to get the most from your on line blog and how I go about creating posts, tutorials and my latest interest video tutorials.

Before you get worried these articles will definitely NOT be written in GEEK! OK by default computers will be involved but you have made it to this blog so you will be familiar enough with computers to be able to follow along just fine. You may need to invest in some extra toys depending on what you want to do with your blog, but read first and decide what you want to do, before you start creating accounts and buying equipment.

In order not to bore you too much with posts full of writing I’ll be adding these articles in between my normal posts, so there will still be eye candy and other craft related tutorials.

Things to consider;  Website vs Blog vs On line Photo Album.

If you know you want to get ‘stuff’ on line to share with the world, spend a while considering how much time you can dedicate to the project. Here are a few options you could choose from.

Websites;

You can buy websites in a box these days. This would get you a lego block style of building a site. The advantage is that you need no IT skills to create it. The disadvantage of this is that you are stuck with whatever design the programme wants you to have. Think carefully before you choose this route, you would need plenty of related pages to fill a website.

Blogs;

Think of these as diary’s or as they call them these days journals on-line. These tend to be written much like diary’s and can be about any aspect of you life. My TOP tip is to remember that you can have more than one blog. It is much better to have blogs dedicated to a very limited subject rather than trying to cram every aspect of your life in one space. Better to have one for Family stuff; kids n pets, with a separate one for a favourite hobby. Think of your blog like a magazine/ TV program, people will visit because they share a particular interest.  This is a great way to share ideas and finished pieces especially if you want to explain how you created something. Be prepared to put the time in though, the best blogs are updated regularly. 

Online Photo Album;

This is an alternative to a blog if you just want the option of showing others your latest creation, and don’t want to include any chat or long descriptions to your work. You will be able to copy links to your photos into forums etc. Again it is better to separate your album into different chapters. Projects separate from kids, and family stuff. This is also a good way to back up your favourite photos, if the worst happened and you lost the originals, with an on-line album you still have something to go back to.

 

In the next installment

I will assume you want to blog, and begin sharing the sorts of things you can add to  your blog to keep it interesting.

Part 2; What to Blog

Here are direct links to all the series

Introduction to Blogging Series

 

OK I know I have a problem with short and concise :( but I hope to cover lots of topics that will help you out. These are the sort of things I wish I’d have known earlier and that websites just don’t cover. Oh and it will save you a fortune on ‘How to..’ books ;)

Other fun stuff in between I promise.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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