Rookie Blogging Mistakes

In reading through Pro Blogger today, I found an interesting post entitled Rookie Lessons for New Bloggers, which was a guest post by Katie Kimball of Kitchen Stewardship.  As somewhat of a rookie myself, I decided to quickly jot down my thoughts.  This soon turned into the following full post which I figured I’d share with you all.

Blogging is Difficult!

Blogging - Hard Work
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There.  I said it.  Blogging is difficult.  Even more so for someone new to online publishing — the “blog rookie” if you will.  Sure, there are tons of success stories, and great resources with tons of information.  That’s enough, right?  Perhaps.  But don’t be fooled into thinking it’s easy to sit down and write a successful blog!  The process of simply setting up a blog can be intimidating and time consuming, especially if you’re trying to setup a unique domain name and host the blog on a server as opposed to going through a ready made blog site such as WordPress.com or Blogger.  We haven’t even begun to write yet, a task which for many, is harder then they anticipated.  After an initial burst of energy and great ideas, finding topics, images and motivation can become difficult.  And we’re not even to the part of this venture where you have to actually market your blog.  That’s right.  Sites don’t just take off and become profitable on their own.  Along the way, mistakes are made.  Lots of them.  Yes.  Everyone makes mistakes when blogging and anyone who claims they haven’t is lying to you.

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2009 In Photographs

I was browsing the web the other day, looking at other photography blogs when I came across something that made my jaw hit the floor. Seriously. If you haven’t checked this out, you’re totally missing out on some of the most powerful photos of the year.

The Big Picture - Photojournalism
The Big Picture - Photojournalism

According to the site:

The Big Picture is a photo blog for the Boston Globe/boston.com, entries are posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday by Alan Taylor. Inspired by publications like Life Magazine (of old), National Geographic, and online experiences like MSNBC.com’s Picture Stories galleries and Brian Storm’s MediaStorm, The Big Picture is intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery – with a focus on current events, lesser-known stories and, well, just about anything that comes across the wire that looks really interesting.

I have to say. The three part “2009 in Photos” series is simply amazing. Then again, all of the entries are amazing!

Photoblogging – Can you make a living?

I’ve seen plenty of sites out there discussing how much money people can make blogging. Some estimates show people making in the high six figures from writing every day. This is huge! But frankly, I’ve yet to see any of the top sites focus entirely on photography.

So, this brought about an interesting question. Is it really possible to make a living as a photoblogger?

In a recent article by top blog consultant and the guy behind the site ProBlogger, Darren Rowse, it’s very possible to make $30,000 per year after a couple of years blogging. Now that sounds like a respectable living — or at least enough to allow many people to quit their full time jobs and focus on blogging 100% (which should boost earnings).

This article discusses how to make this work. Basically, he breaks it down into a more easily digestible figure of $82.19 per day and goes on to describe how one might go about earning this sum. Clearly, advertising is a large portion of income and something that can be successfully incorporated into a photo blog. However, since the focus of a good photo blog is the photos themselves, having too many colorful ads or banners could be distracting. Therefore, it is key to ensure that the advertising present is tasteful.

Also part of the $82.19 per day equation is affiliate marketing. For those unfamiliar with this concept, affiliate marketing is where an independent site attempts to market a product on another site. A commission is paid to the affiliate for every successful sale. In my opinion, this type of program is ideal for photo bloggers so long as they can find products that deal with photography. To top it off, most photography equipment is somewhat costly so percentage based commissions should yield the blogger some decent earnings.

Lastly, Daren Rowse suggests writing an e-book. While this may be an option for a photo-centric blog, I think that instead, attempting to sell prints and actual photos might be a better opportunity. Clearly, this is the golden ticket for a photo blogger. If they can stir up enough interest in their work, perhaps actual paying jobs and assignment work may result.

Overall, I really do feel that a photo blog can be a primary source of income for a photographer. Unfortunately, like any other business venture, it takes time and dedication. In the meantime, don’t quite you day job!

WordPress for BlackBerry

I’ve wondered for some time when today would come! Yes, sure, it’s been possible to post blog entries via email for quite some time, but as of today, there is an official BlackBerry WordPress client that works over BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS)!

So, what’s so great? Check out this video demonstration for a quick overview!

Yes, this app has been around for a couple months, but the BIS support they added in todays release really makes it usable for the general public on the go (prior versions only supported BES – BlackBerry Enterprise Server, a corporate setup).

So if you have a BlackBerry, check it out by pointing your browser at http://blackberry.wordpress.org/install to give it a try. You will need to have XMLRPC installed and working properly for this app to work, but the latest versions of WordPress have this working out of the box (unless your theme doesn’t support it).

It works great for me, so let me know how it’s working (or not working) for you. And yes, this whole post was written on my BlackBerry Bold!