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Blogging Methods Are A-Changing

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change-671371_1920Change is inevitable. Change is constant. Benjamin Disraeli

Disraeli was right, but sometimes I’d just like things to stay the same long enough for me to establish a routine. Some change is forced on me. Sometimes, I choose the change. Check out these changes I’ve recently made in my blogging tools and methods.

Posting Day Change, a Success

When I started Blog4Writers six years ago (count ’em), the conventional wisdom was that bloggers not posting every day should post during times of “slow” volume . I post once a week, so I chose Tuesday. Mondays are hectic for everyone. On Fridays, people are trying to finish their work so that they can get on with the weekend. My thinking was that, on Tuesdays, people would be caught up on Monday mail and be ready for new information. By Wednesday or Thursday, they would be losing their steam on the way to the weekend.

Recently, I noticed that, although my posts went out on Tuesdays, I would often get a comment or two the following weekend. Then, I noticed something about my own inbox. I received fewer e-mails and RSS feeds on weekends, and I was doing a lot of catch-up email reading on weekends. So, I changed my blog posts to publish on Saturdays. Since then, I’m getting a larger volume of comments on my posts. Definitely a good change.

Photo Source Change

For my blog photos, I have used the following sources: Morguefile.com, Freedigitalphotos.net, and photos that I took with my own camera. Both online options are free, and they both offer photos that are available for purchase.

Due to some changes made by Morguefile (which does not require attribution), I’ve pretty much abandoned using it altogether. Freedigitalphotos has business-related graphics and photos and does require attribution info on the same page as the photo. It was usually my second choice. Now I’ve discovered Pixabay.com. The photos are excellent, and the license information is plainly displayed along with the photo. Attribution is not required. The only problem I have is that sometimes I can’t find one that goes with my subject.

Operating System Change: Microsoft Made Me Do It

Technically, this is not a blogging issue, but operating system affects everything. PC users, who hasn’t been annoyed by the Windows 10 pop-up? I was determined to stick with Windows 7 Pro for as long as my current computer lasts (because Microsoft said they will support Windows 7 until 2020). Well, working in a bleary-eyed state a few days ago, I somehow clicked the wrong thing to close the pop-up, and—-Armageddon! My computer shut itself down and started installing Windows 10. There was no way to stop it. And it took forever to complete the installation. I was madder than the proverbial wet hen. After I calmed down, I checked with a tech advisor. He said I have 30 days to undo the installation. So time will tell whether I stick with Windows 10, but I’m going to take my time deciding. So far my apps work. FYI: here’s the link to instructions to uninstall. And here’s a link to an article about the Windows 10 update on Consumer Reports website.

Readers, I guess the moral of this post is that change is going to happen. We just have to deal with it. Have you made changes in your blogging methods lately? Please share in the comments. If you get this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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8 Responses to Blogging Methods Are A-Changing

  1. M.N. StrohNo Gravatar June 4, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    Awhile back I learned that my blog post photos would not show up on Facebook unless they were at least 800px. That was a couple years ago, so I don’t know if FB remedied that issue. But I just created an account with freedigitalphotos.net and discovered that only their small photos are free. So, if I want free media on my blog posts that’ll show on FB, I guess they’re out of the question.

    Do you have any thoughts concerning that?

  2. Emily AkinNo Gravatar June 4, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I checked your site, and I see that you use WordPress.com. I think Freedigitalphotos.net would work for you. I use WordPress, but my site is self-hosted. I installed WordPress on my own hosting, and it works a bit differently than the current WordPress.com. I’ve never had the problem that you describe with Facebook. I have, however, had WordPress tell me that the photo was too small to be used as a featured image (which is what Facebook picks up when you post a link). The error message would not come up when I imported the photo to the post. It would happen when I used the “set featured image” feature. I’ve never had it happen on a photo from Freedigitalphotos.net. And I have used the free photos many times.

    Here’s a link to one of my posts that uses their image: http://emilyakin.com/self-editing-tips/

    It won’t hurt to try one of the photos from Freedigitalphotos.net on your blog. I checked, and WordPress.com has a “set featured image” command, too.

    Pixabay is easier because you don’t have to log in or enter Captcha code. And you don’t have to include attribution, although I do.

    Hope this helps.

  3. Crickett KeethNo Gravatar June 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    Emily, another great post! I always look forward to your posts every Saturday. You always give helpful resources and input. Thank you!

  4. Cecelia LesterNo Gravatar June 4, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

    A few years ago, I purchased a digital camera with the intention of taking pictures to use on my blog. Some time ago, I found my USB cord didn’t work. I have been trying to find another cord. In January, I purchased a smart phone with the same intention, to take pictures for use on my blog. Today, I found out my Kodak share link is not supported. I am puzzled. I also could not get my phone pictures uploaded via my USB cord. I am definitely going out to where I purchased my phone and ask them about this.

  5. Emily AkinNo Gravatar June 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    Thanks, Crickett. Hopefully, I can have my decision made by next week about whether I should keep Windows 10 or do the uninstall.

  6. Emily AkinNo Gravatar June 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    Cecelia, I can’t say for sure, but you should be able to replace the USB cord if it does not work. Have you checked the website of the camera manufacturer for replacement parts?

    My phone charging cord has a USB plug on one end with which I can plug the phone directly into the computer. I can then find the phone’s memory card, and import my pictures to the computer. I do not have to use a share program. I go to Windows file explorer and copy the photo files that way. The folks at the phone store should be able to point you to proper directions on how to get your photos to your computer.

    When I am at home, my phone is on our wi-fi. I have been known to send a photo directly from the camera to my e-mail address. It’s not necessary to plug the phone to the computer this way. You can then download the photo from your e-mail to desktop when it arrives in your inbox. If you don’t have wi-fi at home, this method will eat up your cell phone’s data. I would not recommend it if you don’t have your phone on wi-fi.

    And there’s always the method I’ve used a lot. Ask around among the younger generation for someone who might help you figure this out.

  7. PaulaNo Gravatar June 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Good stuff here, Emily.
    “Ask the younger generation” I have a dumb phone even my grandson couldn’t figure out. Blech

  8. Emily AkinNo Gravatar June 6, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Maybe I should have worded that differently. LOL.

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