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Adding Pictures Suddenly and Asymptotically to a Blog [Mar. 21st, 2011|07:59 am]
Tomas Gallucci
Poll #1720421 Adding Pictures Suddenly and Asymptotically to a Blog

Does it bother you when you have a blog that you like to read when all of the sudden it gets turned into a picture blog? Not like one or pictures here or there to enhance the story, but seemingly a never-ending stream of pictures

I'm blocking you if you start posting your gay p0rN.
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I'll elucidate below.

[User Picture]From: ehowton
2011-03-21 10:40 am (UTC)
Depends entirely upon the dynamic involved. If there was a blog I enjoyed visiting because of the author, and not necessarily the content, then no - because the pictures are just another expressive outlet of the person. Unless of course the pictures just suck, or they post 25 at a time and beg for detailed analysis of each one, or any combination thereof. Personally, I find the question a bit limiting given the broad spectrum of iterations it could encompass. Sometimes I find pictures - even the good ones (and moreso for the bad ones) difficult to express my own opinion on and end up with a lame, "Wow!" or something similar. At other times its easier to comment on a picture rather than a written subject in which the author presupposes a certain level of knowledge I may not posses, or begins by giving only one perspective of a subject I'm not familiar with.

I personally strive to strike a balance, so I guess the deeper question would be what would drive a person to make such a radical, unannounced change and are they expecting to increase or decrease readership/interaction because of it?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-03-26 11:28 am (UTC)
Well, of course I'm referring to myself here. THat's why I asked for the feedback.

As I outlined in my current latest post, I recently went to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens and have 176 images I wish to put somewhere for the public to enjoy, but I don't want that place to be Facebook and I don't have the funds to put those images on flickr at the moment. As such, I was considering putting them on LJ, but I don't think that LJ makes a gallery that you can just link to.

I suppose there's always Photoshop.com.

There's only one photo blog that I follow, but I think the reason for that is that the "author" of the blog constantly posts images they find from all over the internet, but each time they post a set (which each image comes into my RSS feed as a separate post) there is a theme to the images. That person never writes other than to give attribution.

But I think I would have a hard time following a photographer's blog because it would be a bunch of pictures of the same thing. I speak, of course, in generalities, understanding that there the probability exists that there is a photographer's picture blog that I might be willing to follow.

In my case, since my readers are familiar with my writing and that's what they read me for, I'd rather not burden my readers. If anything, I would start another site somewhere for my photography and it would be limited to just images.

Hence, I wanted to get a consensus of my readers before I scared them all away with an unannounced change.

In case it hasn't become clear by now, I feel an affinity with photography and think that it is something that I will engage in a lot in the future. I like the balance you strike–you only put up the most interesting images.

Curious: I know you used to host a Galleries site. Do you still do that? Do you put all your images either there or on flickr?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2011-03-26 11:54 am (UTC)
I use the free flickr. Its...free.

You probably don't have to put up all 176 images.

Which photoblog is that you follow? It sounds a lot like riotclitshave.

I no longer host it, but it was Gallery. You could probably run it on your mini.

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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-03-26 12:30 pm (UTC)
flickr's free, but you can only get the recent most 25 images.

You're right, i probably don't.

Indeed, it is riotclitshave that I wrote of. I followed her because of seeing her on your FL.

My mini is taxed enough as it is. I do have a spare Ubuntu box though. Of course, that would raise my power bill and could kill my bandwidth.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2011-03-26 12:33 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I get the most recent 200, but I can see where 25 would limit you greatly.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-03-26 12:35 pm (UTC)
I wonder if that's because you're a long time Yahoo user. You used to pay for their email, right?
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-03-21 01:17 pm (UTC)
Depends on what the pictures are of and if there is any description. Just pictures of random shit? Yes. Breathtakingly beautiful pictures? No. Pictures with an explanation of why they were taken, what they are of, what the photographer was trying to acheive, etc? No. And for the record, it doesn't have to be a hugely long explanation, just a line or two.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-03-26 11:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. This was the kind of feedback that I was hoping to get: understanding how my readers think and what they want.

As I told ehowton above, I don't subscribe to sites where it's nothing but images as a general rule, especially if they've all been taken by the same photographer because the images are usually of the same event. If you have no ties to the event, you have not interest in the photos unless they are abstract or there's some other transcending quality about the image set as a whole.

I presume then, that this is the right balance?
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-03-26 10:31 pm (UTC)
Actually that post could have had a lot more pictures and a lot less text and I would still have been happy.

Actually someone on my flist has recently been documenting a trip she took and she's done a beautiful job of both concisely describing the trip without leaving out details and of sharing meaningful photos. Here is one of those posts: http://fansee.livejournal.com/212103.html

I also follow blogs like One Word Project which is a currated collection of user submitted photos based on a theme and have no description at all. But each one is a different photographer.
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[User Picture]From: reality_hammer
2011-03-22 12:24 am (UTC)
LJ has the LJ cut so it's not a problem (when people use it correctly).
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-03-26 11:29 am (UTC)
I'll try to keep that in mind, Sir.
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[User Picture]From: level_head
2011-06-19 05:45 pm (UTC)
And LJ does, indeed, offer a free photo gallery that you can link to. Images and galleries within it may be made public, or restricted exactly like LJ posts.


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