Thursday, April 24, 2008

Get Connected: Building Your Photoblog

Last week Natalie Norton's Digital Photography School post about setting up a photoblog inspired some of my readers to create their own sites showcasing their photography and ideals. In her follow-up post, Natalie shared more ways to build and boost our photoblogs for greater readership.

Here's the short list:
Keep it Fresh
Share the Love
R.E.S.P.E.C.T
Keep it Real
Keep it Simple
Larger than Life (posting large photos)
Piracy is Better than Obscurity
Chill
Know your Numbers (using analytical tools to study your progress)

I would highly recommend reading the entire post because I find her witty and engaging. I'm still very new to blogging myself, so it's great to use these techniques to produce something that my readers (as well as myself) will continue to find useful. There has been debate on many of the photography sites I frequent about whether it's a good thing to share what's happening in your personal life on a business blog. I have decided (and it seems Natalie thinks so too if you read her point about "Keeping it Real") that being open about what's happening in my world helps others relate to me and know what to expect about the product I can produce for them.

Did you start a new photoblog thanks to Natalie's tips? If so, send me a message and I will add links to your site. I totally agree with Natalie about the importance of "Sharing the Love" in Blogdom. Earlier this week I was so psyched to discover that someone visited my blog after reading about it in a fellow photographer's blog post. Professional Photographer Chad Phillips listed my blog among others he likes to follow. Given how many blogs are out there and how much we have pulling at our attention, I think that's one of the best compliments you can receive. Thanks Chad, and I look forward to staying in contact with you in the future.

2 comments:

Susan said...

Hi Sheba! What a great article! You are such a great inspiration to me with your photography (Congratulations on the 1 year!). I love seeing your photos in flickr. :D

colagrl said...

Hi Sheba! What a great article! You are such a great inspiration to me with your photography (Congratulations on the 1 year!). I love seeing your photos in flickr. :D

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