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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Blogging…What’s It All About? Part 2

As I shared in my last post, “Blogging...What's It All About? Part 1”, I’ve decided to write about this topic as a series.  This is the second installment.



I’m sure not all Blogging...What's It All About? Part Two put together a post in the same manner.  As I come back to work on my post after a break, I proofread it.  This, instead of only proofreading it immediately before publishing.  Doing so, allows me to see it with fresh eyes and to add new ideas since I last worked on it.


Pictures…Don’t Get Into Legal Trouble!

Are you serious?  There’s a risk of getting into legal trouble over a picture?  There surely is!  Some sites that offer pictures require payment.  Others require that users cite who the photographer is. It’s very important to learn the rules of the site whose pictures you use.
Of course, there is always the option of taking your own pictures and using them. Then, there is no need to be concerned about  legal issues arising because of the previously mentioned reasons.

Photo Editing

My last subheading may have jumped the gun a bit, because you may question why pictures are necessary in the blogging world.  For one thing, they make the post more appealing, especially to visual learners.  I’m one of those! 
From another standpoint, especially with the introduction of Pinterest and Instagram, pictures are necessary to assist in promoting your blog. 
The choices of what program to use for photo editing are many.  Some are built into your computer like Windows Paint.  Others are on the internet and offer free services along with levels of service that must be paid for.  Picmonkey does the latter.  I purchased the upgrade and am enjoying experimenting with all the options to make my photos,and text-only pictures, more appealing.  The graphics that accompany this blog series are made with Picmonkey.
One thing I especially want to mention, while we are on the topic, is watermarking your pictures.  Here is a great Picmonkey article on that topic:  Tutorial: Claim Your Artistry by Adding a Watermark.

Categories and Tags

Categories (or Labels) help organize a blog into topics. If you look at the word “Label” at the bottom of this post, you’ll see the word “Technology” . You will be able to click on “Technology” and all the other posts with that label, or category, on my blog will appear for you to read.
Tags serve the same purpose…a way to find other posts, in the blog, about the same topic. 
I’m in the process of organizing my Categories and Tags in a new way, so please excuse the mess. :-)

Before Pushing That “Publish” Button

It’s almost time!  Almost time to push that “Publish” button and place your creation on the web for all to see.  At this point, I’m proofreading, (again), and making changes prior to the big moment. 
When I’m satisfied, I push the button on the platform I use to compose my posts (Windows Live Writer) and it’s then magically available for your reading enjoyment on my blog. 


You probably thought I was finished writing about pictures.  This is important stuff, though and you’ll find out why in my next installment in the series. 
Once my post is published, I go to my blog and locate the web address for that specific post (not the whole blog, but the specific post).  I then come back to Windows Live Writer and click on any graphics in said post. I enter a description of the picture and the blog post address in the space marked “Alternate Text”.  Next,  push the “Publish” button, again.  My graphics now have the blog post address and a picture description associated with them.
EDIT: The Alternate Text has a few other tasks, which I will cover in, “Blogging…What’s It All About?  Part 3”.
It’s time to close this installment of my series about blogging.  Hopefully, it’s giving you a little insight into the life of a blogger.  Next installment, I’ll share about promoting a blog post on social media. 

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