There are many different ways to blog. Of course photoblogs are right up there with the most popular. Here is a definition from our glossary…
Photobloggers predominantly post photographs rather than text posts. In many cases words are not used at all. Although Photobloggers can add text if they wish. There is normally space for comments from viewers of the photoblog. On some photoblogging sites the photoblogger may also be able to add video and music.
Photoblog sites differ widely in their format. Some are difficult to distinguish from an ordinary text blog. Some concentrate on a constant stream of photographs. Usually the design of the photoblog allows for the photographs to be displayed more prominently than the text. Some photoblogging sites have been keen to show that they are able to host blogs of a wider scope than just photographs. So the lines are blurred between a text blog with pictures and a photoblog with text. However, photoblogs normally have a proportionately higher photo posting than text posting.
Photoblog sites and independent photoblogs rely on their followers, friends and links to be successful. In that respect they are a part of the wider social networking phenomenon on the Internet. How the networking between blogs occurs is different according to the blog platform or site where the blog is hosted. However, photoblogs all have one thing in common – the goal is to get your photographs seen by others. In general, the bonding between posting photobloggers is the comments they make about each others pictures.
One excellent way to improve your photography is to practice, practice, practice. A daily posting of your photos is a way to ensure that you do a little photography every day. You could work within a daily posting on a structured site like one of the 365 projects. These generally encourage you to do a photo-posting every day for a year (or longer if you wish). On the other hand a photoblog, or a photo-sharing site, gives you scope for a daily posting or to have gaps between your postings. To improve your photography it is just great to be able to get some pictures posted. Others on the site may comment, or you can get your family and friends to comment or just look at your shots. The important thing is that you take photographs. Photoblog sites give you the chance to get your shots out there. This gives you a reason to take more!
tumblr is predominantly a site for creative people although many of the users are photo-centered.
Here is what Tumblr have to say about themselves…
Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything.
Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme’s HTML.
I spotted one blog over there today in which all the pictures were (at time of writing) in black and white. In the http://dilke.tumblr.com/ blog the monochrome theme gives the whole procession of pictures its common element. There are some pretty eclectic things to look at, some shocking shots and some brilliant art. I have rarely been as captivated by a single set of pictures. This is a great photo-stream and one that is full of iconic and different, ‘out-of-the-box’ ideas. A large number of the pictures are art works. Even if you don’t like the whole picture stream, you have to admire the style, art and insight.
The Tumblr site allows you to ‘reblog’ – to post-on blogs by other people. It is one of the ways to spread the word about other bloggers shots. So the pictures may not all be from one person on each site. However, the collection is worth viewing in its own right.
Tumblr has a huge number of page views every month, numbered in the billions. As with any popular site you get the good and the bad. But in general the people who use the site are all creative people. A great place for inspiration and insight if you are a photographer.
Why not take a look at Tumblr yourself. You might want to try it out. Its free and you can design your own blog space to suit your style once you join up. Of course you don’t have to join. You can just look over the blogs that are there to see what is happening. It is an interesting site and well worth a look.
There are a wide range of other photoblogging and photosharing sites. We will be reviewing a few of them in the future so keep your eyes open here for more information.