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UfD: My Seven Tips for Blogging

Sometimes it is hard to find a topic for these posts, but for a while I’ve been thinking about blogging. I get asked questions all the time about my blog and I thought if you wanted to know my seven top tips for blogging, then what would they be. So I’ve been thinking about them for awhile and this is what I’ve come up with.

1 – Blog like you like to read blogs.

It sounds cliché but it is so true. If you want people to read your blog, think about the blogs you love and then ask  yourself why you like them. Then take those answers and apply them to yours. It is a valuable exercise. You want to railway-0709-1scattract like minded people to yourself, so blog the way they do. Don’t copy them, but look at the ways they do things and see if you can incorporate some of that yourself.

2 – You get what you put in.

I was going to call this point ‘if you build it they won’t come’, but thought maybe not. However, it is true, if you want people to visit your blog, then you need to start visiting other blogs as well. Looking, and liking posts let’s others know you are there and saying hello really let’s them know.

3 – Think about your followers.

I think sometimes people don’t think enough about their followers and how their blog affects them. We all know blogs sczinnia-hdr4that post a single photo and then do that a 100 times a day. If you are following them then every time they post you get an email. Your inbox is filling up quickly. It goes back to that first point, if you don’t like that, then make sure you don’t do it.

4 – Resize your images.

If you post large res images you run the risk of people stealing them. High res images can be used for anything. Don’t think your photos aren’t good enough, there are many people who have thought their images weren’t and found out they had been stolen.

The other problem is that large images can make your blog very hard to load. There are places around the world where the internet connection can be very bad, or people don’t have unlimited data. Make it easy for people to see your blog and make sure you resize your images to smaller files.

5 – People don’t have a lot of time to read.scdwight-hpm6877-5

Someone asked me once how much should they write. I said try for around 500 words. I know that lots of people don’t read my blog and only look at the photos. I can’t be disappointed with that, but for those that do read it I try very hard not to write too many words. I think blog posts shouldn’t be longer than 1000 words at the most. I know it isn’t always easy, but I try hard for that. Now that is my personal preference, you might decide differently. Again it goes back to that first point, if you like reading very long blogs then you could write them.

I have heard, I don’t know if it is still true, that if you want Google to find you that you need at least 300 words. I try to write at least that much, but sometimes I don’t worry.

6 – Be Consistent

Really the trick here is that you shouldn’t be inconsistent. If you blog on regular basis then people will know when to look at your blog. Blogs who only post every now and then are hard to follow. You don’t have to blog every day, but you scbarwon-8016-se1could blog three times a week, once a week or even once a month, just do it consistently.

7 – Be certain about what your blog is about.

It is important to know why you are blogging and follow that through. My blog is about photography, so I won’t suddenly do a post on sewing quilts. If there is no photography angle then I don’t blog about it. Sometimes I sneak things in, but really, I am very strict about that. I suggest you do the same, I think it helps make your blog a lot stronger.

So they are my tips, what would you suggest to someone if they asked you?

The photos are all from the first couple of years that I was blogging. I’m coming up to 5 years soon, so it is always interesting looking back.

175 Comments
  1. Good tips, Leanne.

    July 31, 2015
  2. All great points!

    July 31, 2015
  3. All good advice – especially about the lower res images. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve given up on reading something because it’s obvious it’s going to take 10 minutes to load.

    July 31, 2015
    • I think a lot of people forget that about the image size, also it means that if you have very limited access to the internet, where in a lot of Australia is like that, then it is very bad. My husband used to say if a site doesn’t load straight away the you click away from it. thanks.

      July 31, 2015
      • OK. Really dumb question — what do you mean by lower resolution? Is this something I have to change before I upload to my media library? Or does it refer to the image size when I place my photos in a post? What is considered low resolution? How do I know if I’m using too high of a resolution?

        July 31, 2015
      • It generally means a very small file, normally photos might be 4000 px by say 2000 when you take them, so they are big, and might be 3 or 4 MB, so when you resize them they are about 1000px on the longest side and might be 300 or 400 KB, so much smaller, and you usually can’t print them.
        Your images are large, 3000×4000 pix and 1.65MB, so people could print them. I hope that makes sense.

        July 31, 2015
      • OK. But how / when to resize? Before upload to WordPress or after? Clueless here…

        August 1, 2015
      • You resize them before you load them to WordPress. Give me a couple of weeks and I will see if I can get a tutorial together for what to do.

        August 1, 2015
      • You rock! Thanks Leanne. 🙂

        August 1, 2015
      • I don’t know about that, but I will do my best. 😉

        August 1, 2015
  4. Good advice. I have a photo blog too and I was wondering how you put your signature on the photos so they can’t be stolen. Also if you want to copyright your photos, is that difficult? Thanks for your help!

    July 31, 2015
  5. warrenjwalker #

    Leanne,

    Thank you for sharing your tips! As a successful blogger, I believe you have the authority to give advice. 😉 I always enjoy reading your posts, but especially looking at the images, of course!

    Thanks for sharing,

    – Jake

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Jake, I don’t know about authority, I can only give you what I like and do. Thank you, that is good to hear. 🙂

      July 31, 2015
  6. Great tips Leanne!!!

    July 31, 2015
  7. Hi Leanne!
    Your point about resizing images – I’m not very good at this and also often think I should add a watermark just in case someone thinks an image is worth pinching (I’ve yet to sort this out though :/ ). What size would you suggest works best?

    I usually only resize using the in-app function of WordPress – anything smaller than large and the image is not displayed as if like it (not sure if this is me or an aspect of the theme, ‘centering’ an image seems impossible). Also, smaller images seem pixelated on sites such as Bloglovin’ and I personally wouldn’t be immediately attracted to a site if the images looked really bad.

    Am I just being stupid and missing a really simple trick? Any help appreciated 🙂

    July 31, 2015
    • I think it is a great idea, you just never know. I resize mine to a 1000 px on the longest side, but others do smaller and some a little bigger, I think it depends on your blog. The important thing is to make sure the quality is down, so I do 5, so my images file sizes are very small, the smaller the better. Then people can’t print them.
      There is free software out there that will allow you to do this sort of thing, because don’t forget WordPress only allow you so much space for your images, so if you are loading large ones, then you are using up a lot of that space. I would find some software to do it. There will be something. I hope that helps. 🙂

      July 31, 2015
      • Thanks for the advice Leanne, I’ll look into this today 🙂

        July 31, 2015
      • Disperser just added some ideas for software. 🙂
        There is GIMP and Picasa I think it is.

        July 31, 2015
      • Super, thank you!

        July 31, 2015
      • 😀

        July 31, 2015
  8. Thanx for the guidelines, Leeane, always good to check them against my blogg. By the way, love your photo of the sczinnias, when I saw them, it reminded me of my Border Collie.. Many, many years ago, I rescued her from certain death, she looked all ´bloomed-out´, scraggly, underfed and extremely nervous. Showing her my garden, I saw that my sczinnia´s were finished for the season, told my just acquired, nameless collie that she looked like them. However her eyes told me that she was far from being finished, so I called her ….. exactly! We loved each other to bits and spent many happy years being inseparable.

    July 31, 2015
    • I wouldn’t call them guidelines, they are just tips and you can feel free to ignore them. I love your story of you and your Collie, is beautiful, how wonderful, I’m glad the photo brought back some happy memories for you.

      July 31, 2015
  9. All great tips, Leanne, and I agree with them all based on my experience of the blogs I enjoy reading most.

    I don’t take the time to resize my photos and maybe I ought to. I guess I am of the frame of my mind that nobody would deem them worth pinching. Maybe I need to rethink that and build in that extra step. I don’t have a blogging schedule – I blog about my life and sometimes I don’t have that much going on that is worth writing about – but I definitely think that blogging regularly matters. When I went back to Britain for a month, that is why I posted to let my readers know I would be absent from my blog for a bit. I am sure I post twice a week on average. The consistency is probably the area I worry about most when it comes to blogging (not that I actually properly worry about it). I blog about our family life and experiences of settling into and exploring America and that was intended to be the sole focus of my blog. Then the art work started creeping in. I have created a second blog just with art as its focus but I still blog about certain of my art activities (the learning element) on my main blog. Maybe I should consider relocating those posts away from my main blog even though art is actually an aspect of my life.

    See! Your post has given me lots to think about.

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Laura. It is amazing isn’t it, we do all like different types of blogs.

      I do think you need to rethink that, I’ve heard from a couple of people in the past who thought no one would want their images and they were stolen.Yes, consistency can be a problem, which was part of the reason I did it every day, that way I knew I had to and I couldn’t say, oh well, I can’t today. Maybe you could have a particular day, even if just one day a week that you have to blog, then if you do others that is fine, but have that one day, like a Monday or something.
      That’s good, I hope it helps Laura. Good luck working it out.

      July 31, 2015
      • That’s a good idea. There’s no point starting it now when I’ve got the kids at home all day creating a hectic, chaotic schedule but I will figure out a day that might work for definite posting once they return to school.

        July 31, 2015
      • I’m sure you know this already Laura, but you can always schedule posts, so you can work on one all week long and then have it post on that day. I agree having kids home on school holidays is hard work, good luck with it. Let me know how you go.

        July 31, 2015
      • Scheduling would definitely make sense. I schedule on my art blog but rarely on my main blog because I tend to write in response to something that’s happened in our lives. That could work though. Thanks.

        July 31, 2015
      • It can be good doing that, I schedule nearly all my posts now, I do them, mostly the day before, though I like to try doing them, a week before, but I never seem to get myself organized enough for that. You’re welcome, glad to help.

        July 31, 2015
  10. Thanks Leanne, I enjoyed going through these tips. I found point 1 and 5 useful; I will definitely be giving them a go!

    July 31, 2015
    • That’s great to hear you got something out of it, thanks for letting me know.

      July 31, 2015
  11. These are all vey good points and I would agree with all of them. I also for my blog, which is about a lot of subjects and photography is a small part, like to make it easy for people to search for past posts and use search, a month chooser and tag cloud for that, plus my monthly montages.

    July 31, 2015
    • That all sounds good, we are all different and they are only tips. Thanks for that.

      July 31, 2015
  12. I love these UFD´s, great help 😀 I am still waiting on my camera bag that you had in one of these UFD´s. I like your tips about blogging as well, I feel sometimes I am posting too much. I have a real problems restricting myself when I get engaged with my hobbies hah!

    July 31, 2015
    • That is great to hear, I try with them. I hope you like the bag. It is all a personal thing, so maybe think about blogs similar to yours and how you feel about them. Good luck with it, and thank you.

      July 31, 2015
      • I´m sure ill love the bag 😀

        July 31, 2015
      • You will have to let me know.

        July 31, 2015
  13. Five years. That is amazing 🙂 Well done!
    Some very good advice here too. One thing I do like about your blog is the consistent good quality of your photos 🙂

    July 31, 2015
    • Not quite, but almost. Thank you.
      Thank you for saying that, I do try with the photos, so good to get that feedback. 🙂

      July 31, 2015
  14. Hi Leanne, i always enjoy coming to your blog. Sometimes I click it on FB but today your topic said Read every word. I am so glad I did.
    I try to like blogs so people know I am looking at them. But sometimes it is enough to just look.
    I learn a lot from you and your photographs. When I post your post on FB people enjoy looking at the unusual scenery.
    I did not know that Google can’t find you without three hundred words. Oooops!

    I just hit the six years blogaversary and wondered where I should go from here.
    You bring up some excellent thoughts.
    Best.
    Ruth in Pittsburgh

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Ruth, that is great to hear.
      I do the same with liking, I use it like a note left at the door that I called.
      I am glad that you find my blog helpful. I will have to try for more unusual scenery now.
      I don’t know if that is still true about Google, I was told that a while ago, but it can’t hurt.

      Congratulations, six years is a great effort, glad I was able to help.
      Thank you Ruth.

      July 31, 2015
  15. 1) I like to read my blog, so blogs close to that have a higher chance of me reading them. If I don’t find any, I still have mine.

    2) I don’t like this advice . . . rather, I would modify it. I get a lot of likes from people who visit once and then never again, or even multiple likes, but never a comment. I also get follows from people who never engage. My current rule is . . . if people are regular visitors over a period of a few weeks and occasionally comment, I’ll go check out their blogs. Yes, engage other blogs as a way of establishing relationships, but relationships are two-way streets. If you are a new blogger and just hit “like” on everything you see so you can get traffic, know that it will only work in the short run.

    I currently have close to 900 followers, but the number of likes and comments has stayed pretty constant over the last few years – those are my regular readers, and I read and interact with their blogs (presuming they match my interests). The rest of my followers might as well not exist.

    One final thing on this; follow someone because you are genuinely interested in their blogs and not so that you get a return follow.

    3) yes and no . . . I write what interests me with the assumption them who follow me have the same interests. If not, I don’t worry about it. I don’t blog to get the most number of followers. and would not suggest others do so either. I think quality over quantity; then again, I’m not trying to make money from my blog. Others may have other goals.

    4) another one that is iffy . . . I used to post few images and point people to the SmugMug account. Very, very few people click on links. I now post large images (digitally signed). I figure people want to see the image presented as best as possible. Yes, when I post seventy images, the post loads slow . . . but the words load fast. Visitors could read my words as they wait for the images to load.

    5) True, and I am cognizant of it as I often write posts that top 2,000 words. On the other hand, it goes back to finding people who like what you post. There is little difference between not liking 500 words of something and not liking 2,000 words of something.

    And, it goes back to the whole “why are you doing this”. I primarily do it for my own enjoyment; if someone else also enjoys it, that’s just a bonus. (Take this comment, for example – I’m trying to impart different viewpoints; most people won’t read it, but some might – I’m ok with no one reading it; I still enjoyed writing it.)

    6) yes, agreed, except that once a month is awfully thin. You can easily be forgotten in less than a few weeks.

    7) Big fail on my part . . . my blog spans photography, writing, things I find amusing, politics, religion . . . in other words, stuff that matters in my life.

    In conclusion, unless you get very lucky, the days of getting 100,000 followers are long past; if you had started in the early days of blogging, that was easily doable.

    These days there are about 160 MILLION blogs out there, with 20,000 to 50,000 added every day (depending who you ask). Sure, you can have amazing content . . . just like 5,000 other new bloggers and 20,000,000 established bloggers.

    Blog for yourself, and if what you do hits a chord, you will be one of the lucky few who get worldwide recognition . . . but, don’t bank on it.

    July 31, 2015
    • You know what I said was my tips, they don’t have to be taken as guidelines or musts, you don’t have to listen to any of what I say. this is a massive comment and I’m not sure what to say. It seems very aggressive, like you want to show me up or something, I don’t know if I am just being defensive, or what.

      I do agree that people don’t click links, very rarely do they do that. In the end it is always going to be up to the individaul and how they want to blog, I’m not telling anyone how to do it, but if I was asked this is what I would say.

      July 31, 2015
    • Sorry if it came across aggressive, it was not meant as such.

      Perhaps I should have prefaced my comments with a qualifier. The only reason I wrote that is because there are different reasons that people have blogs, and guidelines, while nice, are only that, guidelines.

      One has to decide why they write a blog and what they want to do with it, but above that, I would hope people blog because they really enjoy it.

      Again, my apologies if I came across confrontational. It won’t happen again.

      July 31, 2015
      • I wasn’t sure how to take it Disperser, I’ll be honest, it isn’t your usual style so I didn’t quite know and of course, it is all personal, mine are just that, tips, nothing more, you take them or you leave. If people ask me for advice that is what I tell them.
        Thanks for clearing that up, really appreciate it.

        July 31, 2015
  16. I don’t necessarily like multiple images in a post- even if they are all related. For me, It diffuses the impact. But I noticed my opinion has not stopped you from succeeding way beyond my own hopes and expectations so maybe I’ll start practicing what I preach against (actually, I don’t preach at all. And I always enjoy your blog).

    July 31, 2015
    • See I do, I like posts with photos, stories about the photos. the thing I dislike the most is just a photo and nothing else, no mention of where is it or even the country. I like looking at photos. We are all different I guess. thank you Emilio.

      July 31, 2015
      • Interesting. Sometimes I post just a photo. No narrative. But I think you’re right. The posts that have received more comments or likes have a bit of story with them. Thank you. Point taken! I hope I did not offend you.

        July 31, 2015
      • Of course you didn’t, you have a good sense of humour and that is how I took it. I think giving people a way to connect to a photo is really good.

        July 31, 2015
      • Phew. I’m relieved, really, because I read the comment just above mine from Disperser and your reply and I agree that he (she?) seemed to be almost challenging you!

        July 31, 2015
      • I read yours as tongue in cheek, I thought that is how you meant it, so no problem. Yeah, not sure about the other one.

        July 31, 2015
  17. Very good points. Beautiful photos!

    July 31, 2015
  18. Thanks for the tips! they are really usefull!

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you, that’s great to hear.

      July 31, 2015
  19. Hello 😀

    July 31, 2015
  20. Hi Leanna, interesting post, can you advise whate size image would be ok for ease of loading and reduce the risk of theft ?

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you, it really depends I resize mine to 1000px on the longest side and then reduce the quality to 5 or 6, so the file size is only about 100 or 200 KB. It stops people from printing them especially. I hope that helps.

      July 31, 2015
  21. THANKS LOVE THIS POST HAS REALY HELPED ME UNDERSTAND WHAT TO WRITE AND HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF MY BLOG X.

    July 31, 2015
    • That is wonderful, good luck with it, and thank you.

      July 31, 2015
  22. Hi Leanne,
    Thanks for all the helpful reminders and handy tips. I had to laugh at your proposed header for point two – very apt. With tens of millions of blogs out there, and who knows how many thousands of posts uploaded while I’ve been tapping this comment into my phone, it is indeed vital to connect with other bloggers. I always enjoy your photos and photography tips.

    July 31, 2015
    • You’re welcome Jill, yes, it is true these days. I have really enjoyed my experience of blogging for exactly that reason and I have met some amazing people that I wouldn’t have otherwise, my world is certainly richer for it. Thank you so much for saying that. 🙂

      July 31, 2015
  23. Great post, and thank you. 🙂

    July 31, 2015
    • You’re welcome and thank you too. 🙂

      July 31, 2015
  24. Great tips, Leanne. I’ve never been too worried about people stealing or copying my images though, even if I posted really good images. I wouldn’t even refer to it as stealing since I don’t enforce copyrights on my blog. Number 7 spoke the loudest to me. When I started my blog, I had no idea in mind of what I wanted it to be about. Now over 2 years in, I still don’t have a single interest but try to keep posts connected with one another through my writing style which I try to keep consistent, but which isn’t always easy.

    July 31, 2015
    • You are a rare person if you aren’t worried, but how would you feel is say some big company started making a lot of money from your photos and you weren’t getting any of it? It has been known to happen. I was lucky with mine, I am an obsessive sort of person, so obsessing about photography was easy lol, I just took that and ran with it. Maybe that is what your blog is about, that you don’t ‘have a single interest’ sounds interesting. Thank you.

      July 31, 2015
      • I’ve always felt managing copyrights would be too much work for me and I wouldn’t know if it is even effective in the first place. Yes, I get the money thing but I seriously never considered any one would be making money off of my photos which started out as amateur but have gotten better. I don’t have a single interest which keeps my blog fun and interesting for me and others.

        August 1, 2015
      • Yes, managing it is hard, but something we all have to do I think. the I guess I can’t help you, lol. I’m sure there is something, maybe photography.

        August 2, 2015
      • I do put watermarks on most of my pictures. My main interest seems to be photography but I keep straying from it. Bad habit of mine I guess.

        August 2, 2015
      • I used to do that, but in the end I decided that I had to stay with photography and stick with it.

        August 2, 2015
  25. This is such a great post Leanne..and very helpful points. Thank you 🙂

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Robyn, I wasn’t sure about it, so I hope people take them as tips, not guidelines, to be taken or rejected. 😀

      July 31, 2015
  26. Great advice Leanne! Now if I can only practice what you preached lol.

    July 31, 2015
    • Haha, or you can just reject it Mike, they are what I think of when it comes to blogging, thank you and good luck.

      July 31, 2015
  27. Some very sage advice Leanne. And the pictures are good too.
    Five years blogging! You have done this for a long time now.

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Colline, You must be close to that too, I feel like you are one of my oldest blogging friends here.

      July 31, 2015
      • I have been blogging almost three years on my current blog – with another year blogging on another space. I guess we know one another well as we visit one another whenever we can 🙂

        July 31, 2015
      • Yes, I think so too, I feel if we met we would get along so well. 🙂

        July 31, 2015
  28. I’m guilty. Thanks for your tips Leanne. This helps me rethink on how I should do mine. Good tips!

    July 31, 2015
    • You’re welcome, good to know they are helpful. Thanks.

      July 31, 2015
  29. Yikes! I thought that the WordPress servers resized the images on the fly based on the size of the device or screen. I’ve have been uploaded 1200 pixel wide images, but now I feel bad for the few peeps that might follow me on a dialup or remote connection. When I zoom in on my cell phone, the images look very small and lack the detail of the original. However, I could not figure out how to save them to verify if any auto-resizing had been done.

    July 31, 2015
    • No, I think most people do it before they load them up. I’ve never done it in WordPress. I think one of the problems is that many of the themes for WordPress are not mobile phone friendly so many photos and sites look terrible.

      July 31, 2015
  30. Great tips Leanne, all of them. I’ve found a few wonderful nature photographers, who never visit other blogs, or so it seems anyway. Very few people know about them or see their art, and that’s a pity.

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Tiny, It is a pity when that happens, you really get back what you put in.

      July 31, 2015
  31. Great tips! I really enjoyed reading them!

    July 31, 2015
  32. Great tips! Especially to resize photos – I hadn’t thought about that. Also, to think about your followers. Very nice!

    July 31, 2015
    • thank you Janet, I think it is very important to always consider your followers.

      July 31, 2015
  33. congratulations on 5 years! lovely photographs as well, with the beautiful calla lily photo (my Fav.) I found your tips especially relevant as a ‘newcomer’ & will assess my blog for areas that I can make a bit better. I’d already tried your earlier help with resizing, thank you!
    I may have troubles limiting my topics, as Art for me, has so many diverse creative forms it will be my biggest challenge, with slip ups sure to follow… But, you have made a really good point. Thank you Leanne, you are very generous with sharing your knowledge and time.

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Debi, though not quite yet, it is in September, still exciting though. Don’t forget you can ignore what I have said too, so do what you think is best for your blog.
      Sounds like it is all about art, so there were would be different topics. You’re welcome Debi, take care.

      July 31, 2015
      • very exciting for you 🙂 yes, I’ll bear in mind your tips can be ignored a time or two. But, you’ve been at this a Long time and know a lot more about blogging.

        July 31, 2015
      • Good luck with your blog Debi, glad to help. 🙂

        July 31, 2015
  34. Good suggestions, Leanne. I think scheduling posts in advance makes life easier also, especially when travelling. Another thing is the number of images you load. 10 to 15 seems to be the balance to have them load reasonably quickly. Once you go over 20-25 it slows things down.

    July 31, 2015
    • Thanks Chris. I try to make my images as small as I possibly can so they load very quickly, there is almost nothing there.

      July 31, 2015
  35. I read a lot of comments referencing resizing and watermarks . . .

    One free program I’ve used for years is Fastone Photo Resizer (http://www.faststone.org/)

    It is free for non-commercial use (personal use), and it is quick and easy. When resizing, I suggest also changing the DPI to 72 (most cameras take 240dpi and above, but screens can’t display more than 72dpi).

    I’ve used the program to both resize and add watermarks (another feature it has). It does other adjustments as well.

    If you don’t have Photoshop or other larger programs (or even if you do) this program is fast and very convenient.

    July 31, 2015
    • That’s great Disperser, thank you for this, I’m sure many people will find it very useful.

      July 31, 2015
  36. Leanne, I’m always struck by your generosity—that is, your taking time to write as much as you do, while still taking time to visit other blogs.

    True, it’s hard to know if a visitor to one’s blog will view only the photos (and not the words). When someone clicks “like”, I don’t know if it’s for image, word, or both!

    Thank you for this—another friendly, generous post! I can tell you that I read every word!

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you, I like sharing.
      That’s true, I know for me, I love images, so I am always looking at images.
      You’re welcome and thank you.

      July 31, 2015
  37. Thank you Leanne. This post is very informative 🙂

    July 31, 2015
    • You’re welcome, that’s good to hear, thank you. 🙂

      July 31, 2015
  38. Great tips, love how you broke them all down. Totally agree with you on resizing images. You really just don’t know who is out there looking at your images and what they might do with them.

    My blog is very different than yours. It’s a blog about cultural diversity, and also a writing/writer’s blog where I aim to share the kind of non-fiction writing that I write. Point 5 on keeping posts to 1,000 words struck a chord with me. So many of us are so busy and reading and engaging with a long blog post can be time consuming. For the past couple of years I’ve generally done posts around the 800 word mark but these days that’s a struggle as there are so many things I want to say. Then again, I want to put quality writing on my blog.

    Over time I’ve been inspired by photography blogs like yours, and have begun incorporating more photos in my posts. That is fun 😀

    Each blog is unique and we all blog for different reasons. I would add that it’s probably worthwhile being honest about what you blog about in your own words or images as that often translates into original content 🙂

    July 31, 2015
    • Especially here in Australia, some places are very limited with their access.
      But that goes back to my first point, you are doing what blogs you like do, so nothing wrong with that.
      I think photos in posts is great, helps break up text.
      they are, how boring would it be if they were all the same. Thanks for that Mabel, you have some great points.

      July 31, 2015
  39. I love this, so helpful and I agree =D

    July 31, 2015
  40. Great tips! Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary of blogging.

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you, and thank you, though it isn’t quite there, in September.

      July 31, 2015
  41. Very interesting points! 🙂

    July 31, 2015
  42. Excellent advice Leanne, particularly about resizing images. I like to use Picmonkey for this task. It’s quick and easy.

    Is it likely that you would ever write a post about quilts? I would love to see your photographic take on quilts.

    July 31, 2015
    • Thank you Carol, I think it is best to do. I haven’t used that, but good for others to know about
      Haha, no likely I’m afraid, my mother is the quilter and I’m just the accepter.

      July 31, 2015
  43. melissajane14 #

    This is great advice! I’ve often thought about writing something similar (especially the part about posting multiple times in a day and posting High Res images). Bloggers need to think a bit more about respecting the time of their readers 🙂

    July 31, 2015
    • I was trying to approach that one gently, but I don’t follow too many people who post more than once a day, I certainly turn off notifications. It is a good thing to do. Thanks Melissa.

      July 31, 2015
      • melissajane14 #

        Cheers!

        July 31, 2015
      • 🙂

        July 31, 2015
  44. Great advice – thanks for taking the time to write this down.

    July 31, 2015
  45. What would you count as a high-res image in terms of megabytes?.

    July 31, 2015
    • Anything that is MB is big, you want your images to be KB.

      August 1, 2015
  46. Thanks Leanne. I am new to blogging and these are all great tips.

    July 31, 2015
    • Welcome to the world of blogging and that is great to hear, thank you.

      August 1, 2015
  47. Reblogged this on I just wrote a blog and commented:
    Food for thought

    July 31, 2015
  48. on the resize, you convert the image to low res ? or do you mean make it smaller ? What do you use to resize the images ?

    August 1, 2015
    • You are making the image smaller, like making a 8×10 print into a 4×6, so the image doesn’t change just is smaller, and more importantly the file size is smaller.

      August 1, 2015
  49. Thanks, gr8 advice and as always wonderful pictures.

    August 1, 2015
  50. I love the you’ve summarized such a complex topic in few points. Good job Leanne!
    I needed such tips for my blog at http://www.slowrover.wordpress.com .
    Let’s see if these are of any help!

    August 1, 2015
    • Thank you, I hope they do help.

      August 1, 2015
  51. Leanne I always thought that WordPress automatically resized your photos. Ditto Facebook. So I’m wrong thinking that? Yikes!

    August 1, 2015
    • Facebook does, but WordPress doesn’t, though some themes do, if you click on the image on your blog and get a big image and save it you will see how big it is. Yours are quite large, one and half megabytes, so you if you have a free blog and only get 3GB you fill that up before you know it. When I was doing the free blog part, I never filled it, mainly because my images were small file sizes.

      August 1, 2015
  52. Good points. I love the bright zinnias in the small, angular glass vase.

    August 1, 2015
    • Thank you Elen, I used to grow them in my garden, I should plant more.

      August 1, 2015
  53. Good tips Leanne, and I do read your words 🙂

    August 1, 2015
  54. Excellent Leanne. You hit it on the nail

    August 1, 2015
    • Thank you Ken, good to hear that.

      August 1, 2015
  55. Some great points Leanne, particularly interesting about the word count and writing content as it seems that people do not have the time to read anymore, perhaps one of the reasons Instagram has become so popular. Your photos are an inspiration!

    August 1, 2015
    • That is what I’ve noticed, with myself as well, time is short. Yes maybe, though I like blogs and the stories you can do with them. Thank you.

      August 1, 2015
  56. I read every word of this post! Your points about big pics are true but when I shrink my down, they lose the power to jump inside them. I get frustrated when I go to a blog and only see teensy thumbnails, and when I click, they’re still tiny. It sure would be nice if folks didn’t steal, like you said. Phooey on them!

    August 1, 2015
    • There are tricks to resizing so that doesn’t happen, I think I might have to do a tutorial on it, it would be perfect if people respected what we do and not steal. Thanks Kerbey.

      August 1, 2015
  57. Other than writing about the same thing all the time — which I don’t do and probably will never do — I’m with you all the way. But my lack of theme IS my theme.

    August 1, 2015
    • I love your theme Marilyn, it is you, really, that is what you write about you. Thanks.

      August 1, 2015
  58. Tri Wahyu #

    Great tips. I am agree about “resize your image” policy. Watermarks method isn’t often useful as more people steal your work either by cropping or edit reedit image to eliminate any mark from it.

    August 1, 2015
    • Watermarks can be removed, but then it also takes time to remove them, so I work on the theory that if there are two images, one with a watermark, one without then the person will go for the one without. YOu can remove them, but not often cleanly. thank you.

      August 2, 2015
  59. Excellent tips Leanne.

    August 1, 2015
  60. Reblogged this on KCJones.

    August 1, 2015
  61. Great tips…I manage most of them 🙂

    August 2, 2015
    • Thank you and that’s great. 🙂

      August 2, 2015
  62. As others have already said, great points. I’ve always tried to make one blog to contain all of my sides of expressions and thoughts (one blog to rule them all). Now I have learned to separate out those various expressions to its own blog, keeping my primary blog to what I truly am dedicated to posting every day if possible.

    August 2, 2015
    • Sounds like you know exactly what you are doing now. I’ve tried having more than one blog, but it never really worked for me, I have two now, but find the second one hard to maintain. Thank you.

      August 2, 2015
  63. Except for #5, I think I’ve broken all the rules! 😦

    August 3, 2015
    • No not rules, just suggestions really, I can’t tell anyone how to blog.

      August 3, 2015
  64. Your 7 tips for blogging are spot on Leanne. The only thing I could add would be always be yourself (no matter how weird that may be). 🙂 People of the same ilk will find you. If you try to homogenize your personality, other bloggers will pick up on that and avoid you IMHO.

    If you are a WordPress blogger, listen to the “Happiness Engineers”. They know what they are talking about!

    Even if you are not selling anything, your blog can at least be a motivational tool. That’s where it’s at for me. Since July 2009, I have posted twice a week and have never missed once. That’s a lot of photography. I don’t have much free time, but what I have I pour into blogging. Forget about watching TV and going to the movies and five years from now you will have an impressive body of work!

    August 4, 2015
    • Thank you, and I agree, I think you have to be yourself, always.
      That is true what you have said about blogging and photography, I know my that I have a lot more photos than I would have had otherwise because of it.

      August 4, 2015
  65. Great tips. Thank you. 5 years…. Wow.

    August 4, 2015
    • Thank you, almost 5 years, it will be in September.

      August 4, 2015
  66. I read your post, but I don’t write much myself. Partly because English is not my native language and I don’t want to write in Norwegian.

    August 4, 2015
    • Forgot to say this regarding email updates: You can turn off email updates and only get new posts in the WordPress reader. That’s what I do for most of the blogs that I follow.

      August 4, 2015
      • Yes, I’ve had to do that to a lot too, but they still come up in the reader, sometimes too much.

        August 4, 2015
      • I followed a blogger that posted maybe 10 posts per day. Her career on my “follow list” was extremely short! 😀

        August 4, 2015
      • Some people even more than that, too many I think.

        August 4, 2015
    • You should write more, I wouldn’t have guess that, your English is very good. Thanks Cardinal.

      August 4, 2015
  67. This is well written and though I’ve been at it only since Halloween 2014. I relate to your seven tips and find them spot on. In fact, had you not liked one of my posts today, I might not have found your blog. I’m so impressed with your insights and beautiful photos that I’m going to follow you!

    August 6, 2015
    • Thank you, I am glad you found them good, always hard and of course you can’t always agree with everyone. Welcome to my blog, I can go on a bit at times, but I try to keep myself restrained, I look forward to hearing from you more.

      August 6, 2015
  68. Great thoughts!

    August 8, 2015

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