Spicing up your blog posts with photos

Creative Commons License photo: pietroizzo

One problem with many of my blog posts in the past has been that they aren’t particularly interesting to look at! In the many designs which have been used in the site, I’ve played around with different fonts, text and line spacing and different text sizes to try to make text as palatable as possible. However you style your text though, I still believe your pages will look bland when you have a lot of it!

I’ve recently been experimenting with using some images to spice up the look of the blog.

This posed a problem. Where do the photos come from?

My Own Photos
I do love photography but I’m by no means a good photographer! My photograph collection is also fairly small (by a small collection I mean 8,000 photos totally 9GB) and un-indexed! And I’m fairly sure some obscure and badly lit shots from many months ago wouldn’t add that much to the post…

Google Images
Every student in the world types terms into Google Images and plagiarises images to spice up their homework or class Powerpoint presentations! However, it’s slightly illegal and constitutes copyright infringement unless the image is public domain. And it’s not exactly easy to find public domain imagery on Google Images…

Creative Commons License photo: chotda

This is the third and the best option. I’ve used Flickr for quite a while but my photography is pretty lame. The best thing about Flickr though is being able to see photos taken by others. On Flickr you can search for Creative Commons licensed photos. Essentially, the Creative Commons license allows you to use the image on your webpage providing you credit the author and link back to the original.

I’m hoping that this will add a bit of colour to the blog and more pleasant reading. I’m discovering some fantastic new photos whilst searching for and adding photos to my blog posts and I hope you’ll see some photos you’ll love too!

As a bit of advice to anybody who wants to do the same thing on their blog… it’s often better to sort photos by “Most interesting” rather than “Most relevant”. That’ll mean the photos are sometimes less relevant but they’re often of a much higher quality!

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