Photoblogging is a website whose primary content is photographs displayed in a log format. While a typical blog uses text as its primary form of communication, in a photoblog the emphasis is photographs. A blog can be considered a photoblog when the emphasis is on the photography and the images are not just used to illustrate the text.
Like more common text-based blogs, photoblogs usually have one author, but some have two or many more authors. Like text-based blogs, entries are usually posted to the photoblog by the author on a regular basis. The resulting posts are usually time stamped and listed in chronological order with the most recent photo (or photos) shown first and on the main page of the photoblog. Older entries are accessed via links that allow a visitor to navigate forward and back, chronologically through a photoblog's images.
Archives are often divided by month or category. Most photoblogs also allow visitors to leave comments that are associated with a particular entry. These comments allow a photoblog to establish a community of visitors. Comments usually link back to the commenter's site. This further permits the creation of a loose community with authors and visitors able to access, share and communicate through each other's sites.
While many photobloggers prefer to upload their photos to their own webspace, the development of easy-to-use free services such as Hello, Flickr and Fotopages has made photoblogging accessible to the masses. In addition, the advanced social networking and metadata features offered by photosharing services have attracted many advanced photobloggers.
The dynamic nature of blogs and photoblogs compared to static sites means that blogs require some form of content management system (CMS) rather than being built by hand. Content management systems help provide a web service that allows the creation and management of posts and the uploading of images. Two popular photoblog systems are Folderblog and Pixelpost; see more at photoblogging tools and communities.
Flickr and other photosharing services make photoblogging easier by supporting the Blogger API and the XML-RPC interface, which allows one-click posting to a variety of blogging tools such as Blogger, Movable Type, WordPress, and others.
- Update regularly so your audience has a reason to keep coming back.
- Link to other photobloggers and comment on their posts; it'll give them a reason to come visit your site.
- Invite audience feeback and builkd a community by enabling comments and having contests, polls or forums.
- Tag your posts so people can search for what interests them -- and so you can find it later, too.
Links and sources
- This article contains information originally taken from the Wikipedia article "Photoblogging". You can see the authorship and revision history of that article here.
- This article contains information originally taken from the Wikipedia article "Photoblog". You can see the authorship and revision history of that article here.