It wasn't surprising that Comments, Followers and Blog Addictions were the most frequently mentioned answers to my first two Crazy Little Thing Called Blog Questions-- 1) What's the one thing you wish someone had told you BEFORE you started blogging that would have made blogging easier for you? 2) What are your Blogging Pet Peeves?
Other answers included music, word verification, gadgets, memes and tags, user and log names, advertising, building readership and blog etiquette to name a few. I hope to tackle as many of these topics as possible in the coming posts to help us all understand the "how-to" of blogging a little better. In the meantime, read through the comment section for Post #1 HERE when you have time. There's some really good advice in there.
In the coming weeks I also hope to include established Guest Bloggers who are experienced in the various topics we're all interested. Fingers crossed on that one. And, volunteers are very welcome! (That's a big hint to all you seasoned bloggers.)
That brings me to today's Crazy Little Thing Called Blog topic-- PHOTOS. I received comments and numerous emails asking how to make photos larger and where to purchase photos for blog use.
Enlarging photos via Flickr:
Keri at Forever Folding Laundry recently had a fabulous post that explained how she makes her gorgeous photos extra large on her blog using Flickr. Since Blogger doesn't give you the option to "go really big" Keri wrote an easy, step-by-step illustrated guide. Click here for Keri's "how to" for BIG PICTURES via Flickr! And while you're visiting Forever Folding Laundry, have a look around and say thanks for the photo tip. Keri is a lot of fun and her site is beautiful.
Enlarging photos via html:
Beth, an awesome professional photographer at Be Yourself Everyone Else Is Taken did a post that answers the question-- "Is changing the html for your photos really easy enough for anyone to do?" And her answer is YES! Beth did a great job of explaining how to ENLARGE PHOTOS via html on your blog. (See Question #3, about 2/3 of the way down her post, for the step-by-step explanation.) And check out both of her blogs-- Be Yourself Everyone Else Is Taken and her NEW blog Ruby Luna Photography. Beth has a great eye and her photographs are stunning.
90% of the photos (and illustrations) on my blog are purchased online through Fotolia.com. Their site is easy to use and they have literally hundreds of thousands of photos to choose from in all price ranges, but ALL of the photos I've purchased cost just $1.00 each. Photos are located via keyword searches. I buy them in the smallest size available and have no problem downloading them onto my computer. Then, I upload them into my Blogger post for use in its Small, Medium or Large format. You can search Fotolia.com all you want, but you have to purchase the photos for use via credit card. And you must agree to include their Photo Credit and link on your post. (I include my Photo Credit at the bottom of my posts in small type.) Fotolia provides html code for the Photo Credit link but I simply cut and past mine in. FYI-- This is not a paid endorsement for Fotolia, it's just the photo site I found that was easy to use.
1) If you include photos or illustrations on your blog that are not your own, where do you find them?
2) Do you use a photo company that you would recommend other than Fotolia?
3) Where can I find the Copyright symbol (the letter c in a circle) on my keyboard?
4) Do large photos make your blog load slow?
5) When using multiple photos on Blogger, I have a hard time changing the order/positions of my photo once they are loaded. Is there a trick I'm missing to rotate photos after I've loaded them into a post?
6) Do you have any other photo related questions? Bring 'em on!
I hope you found this helpful. Stay tuned for more Blogging Q&A.
Welcome to The Fifty Factor - Joanna
Photo Credit: Jeff Metzger