Millions of people write blogs and are using photos. Here are seven tips to make your blog more interesting by processing and using photos effectively. This blog is about writing, blogging, and photography, aimed at helping new and hobby bloggers create great blogs.
Tip One: Resize your photos before you upload them to 800 x 533 or smaller. They load much faster and take up less storage on wordpress.com sites that have limited space. They load faster on graphic programs like Canva.com as well.
On a self-hosted site, download the plugin EWWW Image Optimizer. If these ideas don’t work, and your site is still slow, consider switching to a different hosting service.
Tip Two: Have you spent hours searching for a photo you can see in your mind but can’t remember when you took it? Some cloud storage programs have search capabilities that eliminate some of your angst. You can help yourself if you label all your photos so you can locate them later. Labels like “IMG 296340689” hinder your efforts. Adding a title to the number makes it easy to find.
Tip Three: Tell your stories around a photo challenge to expand your audience, and learn from others writing about similar themes.
Tip Four: Use the text tool or batch processing in photo processing programs to protect your photos and to develop your brand and give yourself credit with a watermark.
Tip Five: Keep some of your poor photos. You never know when they might be perfect for a photo challenge or as a bad example.
Tip Six: Use and reuse your photos in new ways. Crop photos to create more focus. You now have a completely different picture. Put a frame around it using the resize canvas menu.
Tip Seven: Try Canva.com. You can upload your photos and set them in frames, graphic shapes, backgrounds, and add text, which is clearer than Photoshop. Canva.com has the correct size template for every kind of graphic you could want from a Facebook header to a logo or business card.
What do you do with photos? Let’s chat about your ideas.