I’ve recently read ‘Better Blogging With Photography – How to maximise your blog using your own Images’ by Terri Webster-Schrandt. Terri has been a guest writer for Sizzling Towards 60 and you can find her at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives.
Now I know I’m a friend, but Terri’s book is certainly worthwhile for anyone wanting to start a blog or even for the professional blogger.
I am useless with images and creativity (you probably are thinking ‘why does she have blog then?’) anyway, I’m usually the one on holidays that takes fabulous photos of random things like the ground, my shoes, the wonderful hazy shot or some other random shot. Hence, I usually leave my husband to record our memories.
However, having a website does mean I need to understand and use images if I want to keep my reader interested.
Terri’s book. “Better Blogging with Photography – How to maximise your blog with your own images”, contains all you need to know to make your images relevant, interesting and most importantly do not attract legal action!
The book is clearly written and easy to read. It is written in a style as to be a useful tool for any blogger.
Terri covers areas such as:
- Why you should use images
- Editing images
- Website design using images
- Why you shouldn’t over-use images in your blog post
- How to attract your reader
- Why you need to be careful what images you use from the internet
- Using an image as inspiration for a blog
- Plus more
A must read is Chapter 3 which details the trap most new bloggers fall into by using images from the internet. Many bloggers don’t realise that you just can’t download an image and use it. There is a minefield out there in what images are copyrighted, what images have special licences, images that are purported to be free but they are not. This could lead to legal action and Terri provides some real life examples from bloggers who have not been aware of the legalities.
Chapter 4 was interesting to me as I haven’t really considered using an image as inspiration for writing blog post. All bloggers suffer ‘writer’s block’ at some point or they feel their blog posts are becoming stale. Looking at an image and using it to create a post makes us use our creative side of the brain.
Well, I can’t divulge anymore – you need to buy the book!! There is a wealth of information and certainly worthwhile reading. It is available on Amazon at the following link:
Let’s Keep Sizzling!