On Images and Blogs - Summer 2014 Workshop at Highland Park Public Library

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Learn how to add images to blog posts. Learn about blogging. Resize images to fit your blog theme. Some photo editors are free. Art blogs and blog platforms among topics covered in this workshop.

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On Images and Blogs - Summer 2014 Workshop at Highland Park Public Library

  1. 1. On Images and Blogs Blog Workshop by Leora Wenger At the Highland Park Public Library July 15, 2014
  2. 2. Why Talk about Images? • Need to set image size • Need to place image within a post or page • Multiple images – image galleries • Thumbnails, lightbox, resize and crop • Images capture the eye – make one want to read the text
  3. 3. Measure in Pixels Print: Thousands of Pixels Web: Hundreds of Pixels
  4. 4. Convert to about 500px for blog post
  5. 5. Convert to about 200px for side of blog post
  6. 6. Put image to right or left of text •alignright •alignleft Works in many WordPress themes – CSS command
  7. 7. Free Photo Editors • Pixlr • Picasa • Canva • PicMonkey • iPhoto, Photos (Apple)
  8. 8. Put pixlr here
  9. 9. Resize and Crop • Select your tool • Crop first – know the crop tool (show it here) • Resize from 1000’s of pixels to 100’s of pixels
  10. 10. Crop Tool
  11. 11. Resize Slide
  12. 12. More on Pixlr
  13. 13. Set up a Free Blog • Blogger Or • WordPress.com
  14. 14. Platforms for Blogging • Blogger • WordPress.com • Self-hosted WordPress <-my favorite • Tumblr • Google+ • YouTube – video as a form of blogging? As a complement to one’s blog.
  15. 15. CSS Cascading Style Sheets Gain control over images, format, font sizes, and much more – usually do *not* have access to CSS on free blog sites
  16. 16. Importance of Commenting • Meet other bloggers
  17. 17. Importance of Commenting • Meet other bloggers • Get links back to your own blog
  18. 18. Importance of Commenting • Meet other bloggers • Get links back to your own blog • Establish authority in your niche
  19. 19. Importance of Commenting • Meet other bloggers • Get links back to your own blog • Establish authority in your niche • Respond to comments on your own blog so that you can meaningfully engage with your readers.
  20. 20. Sample Comment Area
  21. 21. Images for Blog Posts • Best method: create your own. Take photos. Make illustrations. • Other ideas: use public domain photos. Or use Creative Commons photos and give credit if asked to do so. • See: http://biz.leoraw.com/explore-free-image-sources/ • Pinterest: images can be pinned for more traffic to your blog. • Alt tags: important for SEO, visually-impaired • Be aware of lawsuits. Don’t use images illegally.
  22. 22. Websites for Small Biz http://biz.leoraw.com/
  23. 23. Series of Posts on Images • Image Titles: Add Text to an Image http://biz.leoraw.com/image-titles-add-text-image/ • Resize or Crop an Image with Pixlr http://biz.leoraw.com/resize-crop-image-pixlr/ • Pixels? My Image Has Pixels? http://biz.leoraw.com/image-pixels/ • Create Photo Gallery with WP Native Gallery http://biz.leoraw.com/create-photo-gallery-wp-native-gallery
  24. 24. Sample Art Blogs http://illustrationfriday.com/
  25. 25. One Drawing a Day http://onedrawingaday.com/
  26. 26. Cathleen Rehfeld http://crehfeld.blogspot.com/
  27. 27. Why Self-hosted WordPress • You own the blog (instead of borrowing space) • Lots of plugin and theme choices • Establish business authority – shows you take your business seriously, and others should, too. • Backups and ability to move blog to other hosts
  28. 28. What Next? • How do you plan to use images? • Ask – how do I … ??? • Have fun with blogs and post creation – enjoy the experience.

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