I’ve been photoblogging for nearly nine months now. Here are a few things I’ve learned about blogging photos.
The photoblogging community is huge. The internet, being the wonderful thing that it is, has spawned thousands of photoblogs and hundreds of photoblog communities. Cool Photoblogs, Photoblogs.org, VFXY, and Photo Community are just four of the hundreds of photoblog communities out there. Each of them have hundreds or thousands of photoblogs listed. Finding inspiration is easy by browsing the new photoblogs that are added every day.
There are a lot of bad photographers with popular photoblogs. I’ve learned that the popularity of a photoblog, as rated or listed by a photoblog community website, is not always proportional to the quality of its photographs. Because it is popular, it is always displayed in the most prominent areas of the community websites. The popular photoblog’s high ratings just perpetuate its popularity. Conversely, there are a lot of good photographers with unpopular photoblogs. Legitimately good photoblogs sometimes get buried in the community photoblog websites and are never noticed.
Keeping up is difficult. I think most photobloggers try to post one photo every day. I find this extremely difficult to do without diluting the overall quality of photography on the blog. I’m happy posting three good photos each week and leaving out the four that I’m not truly happy with.
Photoblogging makes you a better photographer. One reason I started my photoblog was to watch the progression of my photography. I want to be able to look back in a year or two and see all the things that have changed, including my style, the subjects I’m interested in shooting, the technique I use to shoot subjects, and the overall quality of the images I produce. Assuming I regularly update my blog means that I’m regularly shooting material. One could only hope that over a year or two I would become a better photographer for my efforts.
Photoblogging is a great way to document your life. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then every picture that I post on my photoblog is like writing a thousand words on my regular blog. When I look back at a photo that I posted nine months ago, I can remember things from the day that I took the photo that I would not remember otherwise. It’s just like keeping a written journal, but in pictures instead of words.
Photoblogs provide a means for getting feedback on your photography. The comments that are left on my photoblog (the very few that are provided) help me greatly when trying to determine what is working and what isn’t. I am constantly surprised by the photos that turn out to be favorites. The photos I like the most are usually the ones that receive the fewest comments, while the ones that I think are borderline acceptable often get the most praise. My only wish is that I got as much honest feedback for the bad photos as I get praise for the good ones.
The photoblog itself is a good reason to get out and take pictures. Occasionally the photoblog itself is motivation enough for getting out to take photos. Without anything else driving me, it would be too easy for me to blow off an evening eating chips and drinking beer. Not that the photoblog is my only motivation for taking pictures, but having the occasional visitor keeps my camera in my hand more often than it would otherwise.