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kat
12-16-2009, 10:24 AM
Do you blog? What do you use? And what in the world is blogging..lol. Is there a purpose for it?

Greg_Nuspel
12-16-2009, 11:01 AM
Do you blog? What do you use? And what in the world is blogging..lol. Is there a purpose for it?

1/Yes but not well
2/Blogger's (https://www.blogger.com/start) blogging stuff
3/Random mumblings from a self important person that finds facebook just isn't enough...or good information to be shared with the public. Both types exist so you have to weed out the useless info.

AcadieLibre
12-16-2009, 02:55 PM
I gave blogging a try but just seemed not the time to start. I am thinking of restarting my blog and I just use Blogger through Google. A decent way to get back into writing or learning how better to put your thoughts in writing. Just as long as you have something that you feel you care enough about to write on a consistent basis, not always the same subject matter but has to have some cohesion. If you interested just give it a try.

Michaelaw
12-16-2009, 03:18 PM
I teched a show recently where a large corporation bought in a blogging expert to show employees just how powerful blogging has become. A slip in customer service for example years ago could do minor damage via word of mouth on the street, today word of mouth can spread via the blog with devastating results. I had a blog going a couple of years back which had some following, mostly positive comments. It was along the lines of "This is the world you're presented with but this is the world that is" Sort of like my normal Off topic posts :D In the end, photography won the battle for my time. I still think blogging can be used creatively to produce desired results, something I believe we will see more of as the sport evolves.

Iguanasan
12-16-2009, 03:19 PM
I've tried to do it off and on and lately I've been a bit better at actually producing some words. I use it as a forum for discussing some of my images. You can find it here: Glenn Euloth Photography (http://eulothg.blogspot.com/)

I feel like I would like to do more blogging because I think it would be way cool to be someone people like to listen to but I'm not sure I'm interesting enough ;) Until then I'll do it just for the fun of it.

The other topic I've thought about blogging about is karate which is my other endeavour but I haven't made the leap on that one yet.

Blogger.com is linked into GMail and is very easy to get started with. If you are using Picasa as I am I can click on a button in Picasa and create a post right from there. Very easy.

Greg_Nuspel
12-16-2009, 09:20 PM
I teched a show recently where a large corporation bought in a blogging expert to show employees just how powerful blogging has become. A slip in customer service for example years ago could do minor damage via word of mouth on the street, today word of mouth can spread via the blog with devastating results. I had a blog going a couple of years back which had some following, mostly positive comments. It was along the lines of "This is the world you're presented with but this is the world that is" Sort of like my normal Off topic posts :D In the end, photography won the battle for my time. I still think blogging can be used creatively to produce desired results, something I believe we will see more of as the sport evolves.

When Do you start the oil company blog?

Bambi
12-16-2009, 09:28 PM
When Do you start the oil company blog?

right before he disappears......:eek:

kat
12-16-2009, 10:02 PM
right before he disappears......:eek:

:clap: Ha ha..good one!

Bambi
12-16-2009, 10:06 PM
:clap: Ha ha..good one!

oh good. I'm not just amusing myself then ;)

Michaelaw
12-16-2009, 11:51 PM
I'd have a serious hacker on my team before I got an oil blog started, I'd want the source so buried in the muck that it could never be traced :D I'll admit a healthy dose of fear regarding the power of those oil freaks!

Mad Aussie
12-17-2009, 02:16 AM
I've been thinking about a blog for a long time. I was thinking more about it today actually while at work. We have been trying to decide whether to use a generic bog site like Blogger or to build our own. I want to look more closely into how people find your blogs before I decide what to do.

If I do go ahead with the blog idea it wouldn't be a day to day ramble about my life, it would be specific to photography and most likely aimed at helping newer photographers grasp the different techniques and PP I use to achieve my photos.

I'd then use the blog to direct people to our web design website. This is a marketing strategy that works very well for getting your website further up the google rankings.

Bambi
12-17-2009, 08:56 AM
I've been thinking about a blog for a long time. I was thinking more about it today actually while at work. We have been trying to decide whether to use a generic bog site like Blogger or to build our own. I want to look more closely into how people find your blogs before I decide what to do.

If I do go ahead with the blog idea it wouldn't be a day to day ramble about my life, it would be specific to photography and most likely aimed at helping newer photographers grasp the different techniques and PP I use to achieve my photos.

I'd then use the blog to direct people to our web design website. This is a marketing strategy that works very well for getting your website further up the google rankings.

I follow a few of these and really enjoy them. Let me know if you start on MA, I'd definitely follow it. :) (or is it stalking? ;), I am already following/stalking Iggy...)

Greg_Nuspel
12-17-2009, 09:06 AM
I follow a few of these and really enjoy them. Let me know if you start on MA, I'd definitely follow it. :) (or is it stalking? ;), I am already following/stalking Iggy...)

It does involve getting him in your sights.

Bambi
12-17-2009, 09:26 AM
It does involve getting him in your sights.

:laugh::laugh:

Marko
12-17-2009, 01:18 PM
If it's just a personal blog then I'd say blogger is fine. It is SIMPLE to set up.

If you have any 'business' aspirations I would stay away from Blogger. If you use blogger you need to use the address (URL) they give you... you cannot have a blogger blog on markokulik.com for example. The address would always be something like http://markokulik.blogspot.com/ and LIVES on google's servers not yours. The blog attached to THIS site has the following address Photography Podcast, Photography Blog: Photography.ca (http://www.photography.ca/blog) It lives on our server and we can do whatever we want with it.

Wordpress (http://www.wordpress.org) is king of the blogs and is free. There is SO Much more customization that can be done with wordpress and there are jillions of pluggins/themes that are SO useful. The VAST majority of Non personal bloggers use wordpress. There is a hosted version at wordpress.com and a NON hosted version at wordpress.org

The advantage of wordpress.com is the setup and upgrade help. But there are strict rules...like you cannot show ads and other rules. Still you do have more customization on the look.

Personally, Unless the blog will always stay 100% personal. Wordpress.org is totally the way to go. Because it's so popular, many developers can customize your "look" for you...

Hope that helps - Marko

Mad Aussie
12-17-2009, 03:00 PM
Thanks for that obviously informed opinion on Blogger vs adding wordpress to our existing site Marko. Very helpful. If wordpress is suitable for our needs it saves us developing our, personal blog.

Marko
12-17-2009, 03:31 PM
Wordpress, and I'm just learning like everyone else, is extremely powerful.
Not only is it a perfect blogging tool, but it is also versatile and powerful enough to run entire websites.

and it's free.

There's no need at all to reinvent the wheel. and there plenty of wordwide developers because it's opensource. (This means that the code is freely available for others to use an/or improve upon) :twocents: Marko

If anyone is looking for something to do career-change-wise, learning the ins and outs of wordpress (either design-wise or coding-wise(custom coding) ) is super hot now and I can see it hanging for quite a while.

Mad Aussie
12-17-2009, 03:35 PM
Yeh I figured it was opensource by what you said above .... usually a very good thing!

kat
12-17-2009, 03:40 PM
I got lost about four posts ago.. lol. Will get my hubby to read this..and maybe it's something we would both be interested in doing!

DonW
12-17-2009, 06:50 PM
Another nice thing about Wordpress is most if not all service providers offer and automated install. No need to understand how to get it up and running. This goes for other open source products like Zenphoto. I use Fat Cow they are cheap and easy.

Don

scorpio_e
12-18-2009, 02:32 PM
I bought a domain name...Used Blue host to host by blog and then bought a template designed for Photographers. There is also a link to my zenfolio portfolio on my blog site. My intention is to build my business so I consider the expenses an investment.

If you are just doing it for fun and sharing information then the free blog work well. It does seem fruitless if you blog and do not have visitors. Of course you can always vent *L*

Mad Aussie
12-18-2009, 02:35 PM
And that raises a question for me ... how DO people find your blog??

If I go to Blogger or Wordpress etc I see search functions that only return posts and comments. I can't seem to search by category.

Most blogs I know of is because someone has told me about it.

scorpio_e
12-18-2009, 06:43 PM
And that raises a question for me ... how DO people find your blog??

If I go to Blogger or Wordpress etc I see search functions that only return posts and comments. I can't seem to search by category.

Most blogs I know of is because someone has told me about it.

Telling people about it is one way. Posting comments in a forum like this is another...Providing you have a link to it. SEO via google works as well. If you are trying to build a business, the blog is a way for customers to learn a little more about you.

Mad Aussie
12-18-2009, 06:50 PM
Yeh I know Google loves Blogs as part of SEO. It's one of the reason we were thinking of doing this at all.
Taking the time to actually market a blog isn't as appealing though :)

tomorrowstreasures
12-19-2009, 09:33 AM
i blog! i blog! if anyone wants to visit me, please do! oh! and bloggers live for comments!!! it means the world to us! hmmm. that message is not clear to the peeps who visit my blog...sigh....

even though, i live for the comments, my blog is meant to help me have a discipline. to give my photos more of a purpose than sitting on a hard drive. my blog is quite simple (basic) and not full of verbage...usually. (on occassion, i may have a rant or two... ) i love doing my blog... it is akin to the old school diary. i have used it many times to refer back to for this and that.

if you are interested, would love to have you visit me!
tomorrowstreasures (http://tomorrowstreasures.blogspot.com/)

Marko
12-19-2009, 11:37 AM
Yeh I know Google loves Blogs as part of SEO. It's one of the reason we were thinking of doing this at all.
Taking the time to actually market a blog isn't as appealing thoughBingo.


If you build it Nobody will come unless you market the puppy. The marketing/word spreading IS the hardest part by far. That's why it's SO important to only blog about what you love...IF you don't love it (or at least like it a lot) it will always be a hassle to post stuff. Commenting on other people's blogs is one of the best and cheapest ways to get them to comment back....though I myself suck at this. :twocents: Marko

Mad Aussie
12-19-2009, 02:45 PM
I think adding your blog url to your signatures in any forums you visit would be a good way to market it also.

Bambi
12-19-2009, 04:50 PM
Okay TT, I am now following your blog too. So far I am following Iggy and you :) I have some others from my photo club that I stalk, *ahem* I mean follow too.

tomorrowstreasures
12-19-2009, 05:54 PM
Okay TT, I am now following your blog too. So far I am following Iggy and you :) I have some others from my photo club that I stalk, *ahem* I mean follow too.


thankyou!!!:thankyou::thankyou::thankyou: