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dPS has an article offering ten reasons for why you might want to set up a photoblog.

Briefly (you’ll have to read the article for the full detail) they are:

  1. Motivation
  2. Progress
  3. Feedback
  4. Marketing
  5. Publicity
  6. Relationships
  7. Announcements
  8. Networking
  9. Testimonials
  10. Fun

If you don’t already have a photoblog and after reading this article you decide to go out and create one, you may want to read this follow-up article on ten things to consider when building your photoblog. [again via dPS]

Briefly those things include:

  1. Keep it fresh
  2. Link to other blogs and photographers
  3. Be respectful
  4. Keep it real
  5. Keep it simple
  6. Use large images
  7. Watermark your images
  8. Chill
  9. Know your numbers
  10. ?

Keep in mind that these are suggestions; things to consider. Everyone has their own priorities and considerations. While my list of priorities may differ from yours and some of these things may seem more important than others, they are all worth noting and reading over. Enjoy.

Here they are according to the Wall Street Journal:

  1. The Gawker Properties: $150 million
  2. MacRumors: $85 million
  3. Huffington Post: $70 million
  4. PerezHilton: $48 million
  5. TechCrunch: $36 million
  6. (tied): Ars Technica $15 million
  7. (tied): Seeking Alpha $15 million
  8. (tied): Drudge Report $10 million
  9. (tied): Mashable $10 million
  10. GigaOm: $8.4 million
  11. Boing Boing: $8 million
  12. Silicon Alley Insider: $5.4 million
  13. ReadWriteWeb: $5 million
  14. Paidcontent.org: $3.5 million
  15. (tied) Search Engine Land: $2.7 million
  16. (tied) Smashing Magazine: $2.7 million
  17. DListed: $2 million
  18. Daily Blog Tips: $1.8 million
  19. (tied) Techdirt: $1.5 million
  20. (tied): Neatorama: $1.5 million
  21. (tied): BuddyTV $1 million
  22. (tied):The Superficial $1 million
  23. Talking Points Memo: $860,000
  24. Travelpod
  25. 24/7 Wall St.: N/A

Not a photography site in the bunch.

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Are there only 5?

Well, regardless of how many obstacles or barriers you encounter, Skelliwag wants to help you out.

If you’ve been wondering why your blog or website hasn’t been growing as quickly or steadily as you hoped, you might be encountering one (or more) of the five barriers to success.

In brief, the 5 barriers and their links (for an indepth discussion of each) are:

  1. Lack of Significance — For readers to link, comment or vote for your content it needs to invoke a strong reaction in readers — in other words, it needs to be significant to them.
  2. Lack of Entry Points — Visitors can’t reach your blog without an entry point. There are only three types of entry points: (a) Links; (b) Search engines; and (c) Social media.
  3. The Absence of Definition — If you’re writing for people rather than on topics, you’re forced to think about who you’re writing for, what interests them, what their needs are and how you can be useful. If you’re writing about topics alone without considering the context, there’s no compass to follow.
  4. Perception is Everything — A blog that looks and feels unread and unremarkable will often become one. A website that looks slick and popular will often go on to become well-known, even if it’s not highly trafficked in the beginning.
  5. Blogging Without Examination — You’ll never be able to affect change if you don’t realize change is needed. You can’t realize change is needed unless you take the time to think, examine and evaluate.

Brian Auer has some good advise on both of these topics. With Epic Edits about to celebrate it’s first year anniversary and thousands of visitors who better to get advise from?

There are five basic categories he discusses:

  1. Time
  2. Content
  3. Networking
  4. Social Media, and
  5. Promoting Other

It’s a good read as he approaches each of these categories from the perspective of a blogger and the perspective of a photographer. Thank you Brian.

Be sure to also check out the link he provides to “How to Get 1,050 Subscribers in Three Months.”

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Good information from David Ziser.

For me, the “blogsphere” is about Information and Inspiration. As I find the good ones, I revisit them for just that reason. ‘Nuff said – recently over at MagnumPhotos.com that they posted a link to 83 blogs covering many aspects of photography, art, multimedia and journalism. Here is the Magnum link right here. Pick and choose your favs, gather some new information, become inspired and enjoy the experience.

Yea, we’re all busy and it takes time, so maybe you’ll want to try using the Google Reader like I do. That way you can stay up-to-date and pick and choose through the list of blogs that you like.

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Pixelated Image is running a series on Self-Promotion for Photographers. This is a must read for all photographers. It’s both entertaining and informing.

The series began with Identity.

I’m assuming that you’ve by-passed or passed-through the stage wherein you tell everyone you shoot everything for any budget. If you haven’t; if you’re right now face to face with that monster, kick it in the shins and run the other way. I’m sure there are people out there who shoot anything that moves and multiple frames (in macro) of everything that doesn’t. But you do not want to be one of those people unless this is just a hobby for you. If you want to do this and be successful you MUST specialize or have the appearance of specializing. (Read more)

Part 2 in the series is a discussion of the Four Pillars–Creativity, Congruency, Consistency and Commitment.

Part 3 is a discussion of Your Website.

On Monday, there is the promise of Part 4–Marketing Material so if you like the first three you’ll want to check back.

I’ve taken up seriously studying light and it’s effects on photography. Perhaps some of my handful of readers may have noticed. I do believe photography is about capturing light (or the absence of). I have learned a lot from David over on Strobist.com and I am really enjoying both the Lighting 102 class and the recommend reading material.

In my search for more examples and explanations about light and photography I’ve come across a couple more blogs that I believe are worth sharing:

  1. Rui M. Leal recently began a blog called Lighting Mods. Rui has an extensive biography in photography that takes him to countries around the world. Among them, Rui is a regular correspondent of Getty Images and WENN agencies. He is also an International correspondent for the AIP (American Image Press) and for the American International Magazine “Today’s Photographer Magazine” (Verification Code # 74703LEA) and Official photographer of the Big Casino Nights 2004 in Casino Estoril. In his first post, he states, “This blog thing started out when David from the Strobist saw my setups and ask me to make a blog with setups and Lighting Modifications that I had photographed and posted on Flickr… so I decided it was time to move forward and created it today. I will be posting some of the reviews and build ups for some stuff that are helping me out on building and getting a better photography.” Indeed there are many worthwhile tips and techniques that I’ve used already and the blog has only been up since June 14th.
  2. Another relatively new blog about lighting is Shutter Fug. Shutter Fug doesn’t offer any kind of a bio or a link to any page that might give one a clue as to who Donna is other than the lovely person who posts those great articles. The thing I like best about Donna’s posts are of course, the photos. Donna explains the difficulties she is encountering (for example photographing wine bottles) and then shows the reader her setup as well as the outcome. I get the impression Shutter Fug is another protege of Strobist.


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    • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
    • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn