Image Basics for Bloggers

My all-in-one scanner/printer scanned this picture at 1.2 MG. I brought it down to around 50 K for this post.

How does one find, much less decide what images to post on a blog? How does one determine if it is OK to use an image found somewhere on the web? Here’s my overview of images, choosing them, adjusting them, and incorporating them into your blog post.

Photos and Drawings

Personal photos are the easiest and most enjoyable images to use on a blog — yours, those taken by members of your family, and the amazing historical family photographs that we accumulate as we get older (and that almost always interest our children).

With a print or old family photo, the easiest thing is to scan it as a jpg file. The best resolution for a blog is 72 dots per inch (dpi). Some scanners allow a user to chose the resolution and others do not. Some might use the words “prepare or export for web.”

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Uploading Multimedia to Your Blog, Lesson # 11

WordPress allows users to upload images, documents, videos, and even audio files into blog posts. YouTube videos can also be incorporated. WordPress has a comprehensive tutorial and support area focusing on adding media to your blog. Another page in this area lists the approved file types.

Image from WordPress support site.

Locate the upload insert media menu — icons just above the editing bars and to the right of the words Upload/Insert. Moving from left to right, the symbols are for uploading images (inside the red square), video, audio, general media, polls, and custom forms.

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Adding Links to Your Post, Lesson #9

Several people have e-mailed me with questions about making links in posts. They’ve requested a set of simple but clear steps. So here we go. To learn more go to this Word Press Links Tutorial.

Four Steps to Link Making

Step #1

A link name is much better if it has descriptive words rather than an address. Thus Visit GDS is a better name Visit GDS http://www.gds.org.

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Getting Started With Your Blog, Lesson #7, Part 2

If you seriously get started setting up your new blog, please send me the link so I can check it out!

Blogging Terms: Lesson #6

In a few days, when we begin setting up family blogs, you will encounter all sorts of terms –vocabulary words that literally fly around the blogging world. At the bottom of this post I’ve attached three blog glossary links that you can use in the future, anytime you discover an unfamiliar term.

To get started, however, I’ve chosen a few blogging terms that I believe are most important. I copied some these definitions from Daily Blog Tips, however I tweaked here and there and also appended my own comments in green type inside of square brackets.

  • AdSense: The most popular advertising network on the Internet, owned by Google. Adsense allows bloggers to monetize their blogs by displaying contextual text messages. Every time someone clicks on one of the text links, the blogger will earn some money (ranging from $0.01 up to $50 in some rare cases) Read more about how AdSense works. [I will devote a post to advertising, blogs, WordPress, and how to stop advertising on a personal or family blog.]

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