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Blogging for Change - Blog Tip 26

7 April, 2004 11:40 AM

Why do Bloggers Blog? Is there some underlying thread of motivation that we all share? This is the introduction for a 6 part series on how to blog in a way that brings lasting change.

Each blogger writes for their own unique set of reasons and motivations. Some do so as a hobby, others to express their creativity....

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Introduction to Photoblogging and MoBlogging

6 April, 2004 12:34 PM

Update: I have recently moved all my blog tips category to a new blog dedicated to blogging atProBlogger.

Photoblogs and MoBlogs are continuing to grow in popularity. I've had a number of emails in the past week asking for information on how to start your own photoblog or moblog so I thought I'd put together a central resource page on the topic of photoblogging and moblogging.

What are Photoblogs and MoBlogs?

Whilst a photoblog can be a Moblog (and visa versa) they are not neccessarily one in the same thing. Lets looks to a couple of definitions from the 'experts'.

'A photoblog is a type of blog that is regularly updated with photos. Some photoblogs focus only on photography, while others have photos in addition to other content. All photoblogs, however, consider photos to be an important part of their chronological blogging structure.' Source - FAQs

'Moblogging is a blanket term that covers a variety of related practices. At its simplest, moblogging (from "mobile web logging") is merely the use of a phone or other mobile device to publish content to the World Wide Web, whether that content be text, images, media files, or some combination of the above.'Source - First International Moblogging Conference (yes there is an international moblog conference!)

An increasing amount of photobloggers update their sites by moblogging technology, however many of the most serious photobloggers don't - mainly due to image quality issues as camera phones have relatively low megapixel ratings (although they are climbing) and transferring large files via such technology is not really feasible.

It is difficult to get a grasp on how many photoblogs and moblogs are currently active however more and more services are being offered and many 'traditional '(I never thought I'd use that term) text based bloggers are increasingly utilizing moblog technology or are running parallel photoblogs to their main blogs. is one popular resource designed to help people find all kinds of photoblogs. You can post details of your photoblog there and have it listed with a growing collection of over 3,511 photoblogs in 56 countries and 26 languages. It is a great starting place to go and promote your blog.

How to start and promote a Photoblog or MoBlog
Most blogging tools will enable you to incorporate photos into your blog if you know a little html code. However there are an increasing amount of services specifically designed for this purpose. Many of them automate the process of uploading and hosting photos and resizing thumbnails which can be difficult with some blogging services. Following are some of the more popular photoblogging and Moblogging tools and services. Also remember that a lot of blogging tips written for 'normal blogs' will also be helpful in starting and promoting your new photoblog or moblog.

Photoblogging/Moblogging Services and Tools
  • Buzznet - Photologs and MoBlogs - Buzznet offers a free service that gives you a personal photogallery and allows you to update from your camera phone or email. This free service allows users to post up to 10 images per day and up to 200 images per month. Premium services will be made available in the month ahead. They also offer community galleries, private password protected galleries, RSS and Comments.
  • Fotolog - This very popular photologing system has recently been so overwhelmed by demand that they have temporarily closed registrations of new members. It should be back up soon. It is a community orientated site that relies upon the donations of its users to survive. In comparison to some of the other services Fotolog is just as easy to use, but not as visually pleasing and does not allow too much customization of your site. It does allow email (and therefore camera phone) updates and has a guest book function. When it first came out fotolog was a leader in its class but unfortunately it has become a little dated and has been overtaken by some of the more commercial service - but its an original and authentic photo blogging experience.
  • Expressions - A Visual Blogging System - 'Expressions is a hosted visual blogging system that makes it easy for anyone to create and maintain their very own photo or visual blog. It has been designed and developed by fellow photographers, artists and bloggers to meet your specific needs.' It allows users to use pre made templates or to design their own, automatic thumbnailing, multiple users accounts, multilingual photo blogging and site stats. The cost of Expressions is $2.50 per month (first month free) which gives the user 100MB of hosting space in up to 3 separate photo blogs.
  • Fotopages - Because a Photo is Worth a Thousand Words - Fotopages has a growing community of photobloggers from all over the world. It allows Moblogging (from your phone), captions, text entries, profile and commenting. They plan to release new options shortly including individual domain names, skins and CD-ROM versions of your photo blog.
  • Phlog - Moblie Photo Blogging - Phlog is a free service (kept alive by donations) targeted at Mobloggers wanting to add photos from their camera phones via MMS or email. Pages can be customized using CSS. They currently have over 2200 users.
  • Text America - Camera Phone Moblog Community - Text America is another Moblogging service that allows users to upload photos from their phones for free. Registered users can post comments, vote for their favorite photos and moblogs and start their own moblog.
  • Moblog UK - Unlike Text America, Moblog UK do not take any control or copyright over your images - they operate under a creative commons agreement. They also support multiple image posting (up to 10 images at a time) and you can post in a wide variety of formats including video formats. Lastly they give real freedom in the design of your moblog using CSS.

  • PhotoBlog - This is a Belgian service that is still in BETA. It seems to have had a few hiccups in the last month with some regions, however looks to be a well designed service. It is free and will be a service to watch in the months ahead.
  • AirBlogging - Airblogging handles your journal or blog posts from your mobile phone, via email or sms. It is free, and it lets you post pictures or text entries to your blog or journal. Airblogging currently supports users of Live Journal, Blogger, and Movable Type software, regardless of your hosting situation.
  • TypePad - Whilst not designed solely as a photoblog tool - TypePad offers an excellent service that will meet the needs of most wanting to have a quality photoblog. It offers a variety of pricing structures (starting at $4.95 per month) with different levels of features and customization. The middle level allows full access to Moblogging and photo-album features. TypePad offers a free 30 day trial. Those interested in exploring this option might be interested in this interview with TypePads creator on photoblogging
  • Moveable Type - MT is the big brother to Typepad - again it is designed as a blog tool (this blog is run using MT) but can be customized relatively easily as a photoblog. MT is a free option, however you need to arrange your own hosting and domains and it is the most complex option listed here to set up. However having said that some of my favorite and most stunning photoblogs use this tool. For tutorials on how to use MT as a photo blogging tool check out:
    - A Photolog in Five Easy Steps
    - Quixotic Pixels - MT photoblog tutorial
    - Photoblog Tutorial
    - Blogstyles - Photoblog Information
    - MT Photoblog Plugin

Also check out:
- Snaplog - a Windows XP/2000/98 application that provides an easy interface to share photos on your website. A Photo Blog with one click publishing- required FTP.
- Gallery - a free php app that makes creating and updating a photo gallery very easy. Not a photolog, but easily integrated within MovableType.
- Mfop2 - a free service that allows you to post photos from your camera phone to a blog.

Other interesting articles, essays and posts about Photoblogs and Photoblogging:
- Picture Pages - Web sites for people who hate to read
- Photobloggies - 2003 Photoblog Awards
- Is photoblogging good for photography?
- Photoblogging - An Essay
- Some of My Favorite Photoblogs
- The Best of 2003 Photoblogs
- Dear Diary - Guardian Article
- Weblogs get upwardly mobile
- BlueHereNow
- Will 'moblogs' mean mo' money
- Moblogs changing how life is recorded

Photoblogging and MoBlogging technology is continuing to develop and grow. If you know of other services, articles or resources or would like to review one of the above tools please feel free to add your comments and suggestions below so that we can continue to grow this resource.

How Blogs Work

30 March, 2004 4:41 PM

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Blog Tip - Blog/RSS Promotion

1 March, 2004 3:11 PM

So you've got a blog, it is looking good, the design is working and your content is stimulating - now you'd like to spread the word on what you have to offer, after all blogs are designed to be read! How should you get the word out???

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Well Designed Weblogs

29 February, 2004 12:27 AM

Well-Designed Weblogs: An Introduction is a great series of posts about... you guessed it - Well designed Weblogs.

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10 Ways To Make Money Blogging

13 February, 2004 2:47 PM

10 Ways To Make Money Blogging is an article written by a blogger who is making a bit of money on the side of his hobby. Whilst I probably don't see eye to on a political spectrum with him, he does speak some sense when it comes to blogging....

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How to be a Top Blogger

1 February, 2004 12:29 AM

John Robb posts about how to build a hot/popular weblog. His suggestions of different approaches make some sense. Basically he breaks it down into a number of approaches you might take to become popular....

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Blog Promotion 101

27 January, 2004 4:43 PM

Tristam from Blogopoly has posted an interesting post entitled Blog Promotion 101.....

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How to Write Better Blogs

21 January, 2004 8:07 AM

Dennis A. Mahoney writes a great article entitled How to Write Better that picks up a number of things that he believes bloggers need to be encouraged to do. It focuses mainly on writing. His headings are...

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More Accessible Blogs

21 January, 2004 5:11 AM

30 Days to a More Accessible Blog is a great series of posts that really will help bloggers make their blogs more accessible to those that may not be able to use many of our blogs. I'll let the author of the series explain (from his introduction to the series)...

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Beginners Guide to Moveable Typle

14 January, 2004 9:00 AM

Creating a blog with Moveable Type - A beginners guide is one of the best MT tutorials I've ever seen. Seriously - it is so simply set out that even I can understand it....

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Sins of Blogging

8 January, 2004 3:46 PM

Caffinated Bliss has a great list of the Cardinal Sins of Blogging.

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Rebecca Blood on Blogging

31 December, 2003 3:11 PM

coverI've been Reading The Weblog Handbook by Rebecca Blood over the past few days and am really enjoying her relaxed and clear style of writing.

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How to Translate your Blog into other Languages

19 December, 2003 9:03 AM

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Viral Blogging

18 December, 2003 10:36 AM

I've been reading Unleashing the Idea Virus by Seth Godin this past week or so. I'm really taking my time over it and whilst it doesn't mention blogging at all I'm finding many applications for thinking about medium.

One of his key themes is that of 'smoothness'....

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Blogging for Dollars

17 December, 2003 2:34 AM

Will blogging produce millionaires? Can blogging financially provide people with a full time earning capacity? Will we see more and more professional bloggers? Can and should blogs earn money?

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Blog Tip - Link unto others

16 December, 2003 6:17 PM

The following blog tip was submitted by Phil Wolff from blogs such as Don't Blog, Blog Count, emblog and a klog apart....

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Blog Cards

15 December, 2003 8:23 PM

Blog Cards are like Business Cards that feature a bloggers blog address to make networking easier.....

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Blog Design Showcase

15 December, 2003 6:17 PM

Want to know what a good blog design looks like?

Blog Desiger - Rachel Cunliffe has just released the Blog Design Showcase. She writes...

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Blog Tip 20 - Blogging Books

13 December, 2003 11:05 PM

Blogging about Blogging is happening with growing frequency on many weblogs, but writing in hard copy is also becoming more popular. Here are a few of the best selling and most popular books on the topic. (Descriptions are taken from Amazon) I've read most of the first two - both are worth a look. If you've read these or other books on blogging leave your reviews and suggestions in comments.

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