I helped a few Photography and Travel blogs to grow online. Working on them gave me so much satisfaction that I decided to add a Photography section to my blog. I think that a creative blog makes you feel happy. However, you need some knowledge before diving in.
Nowadays, most blogs have media content: photos and videos. It is true that a travel blog means offering precious information about various destinations. Although, if we consider social media, we will realise that some platforms do not accept posts without media content (I mean Instagram and Pinterest). Even Google, the world’s largest search engine, encourages media content through image SEO.
Equipment for Taking Photos
A good smartphone camera or a semi-professional camera are just enough for starting such a blog. I have taken okayish photos with a Samsung Galaxy S3 (some 6 years ago) – see photos. Most probably, the phone in your pocket can do better. On the contrary, in bad light conditions or from a great distance, the photo camera is much better than a smartphone camera.
If you already own a photo or video camera and want to learn how to use it, I highly recommend this YouTube channel:
According to the topic chosen, you will have to take multiple shots. I take more than 100 shots in a mini-trip and then I try to choose the top 10 pictures. I edit those photos using Adobe Lightroom Clasic. If I take the photos with my smartphone, I use Snapseed or Adobe Spark. For those of you who want professional photos, I totally recommend this course on Udemy.com:
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC & CC: Photo Editing Masterclass.
After I finish editing the images, I create a Windows 10 theme with them and use it on my desktop. In this way, I can realise if the images are good enough or I need to change them.
Creating a Blog on Social Media
It is free and easy to create a blog on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Learn how to create a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/help/104002523024878.
Find out how to create an Instagram page: https://business.instagram.com/getting-started.
Discover how to create a Pinterest page: https://business.pinterest.com/en/creating-your-account.
Once you get started with blogs on all these social media platforms you need to be active. If you post constantly for a period of time and then you stop, the number of collaboration proposals will drop.
How often should I post on social media?
In this case, there are mixed opinions. If you ask me, it is better to post less often, but to come up with better quality content. Others say that it is important to post daily for larger exposure. When you do this, the quality of your content can be affected.
What should I do when I do not have ideas all the time and I need collaborations?
You sum up all your ideas and start working on them when you feel like doing so. Social media posts can be scheduled in advance. In other words, you can create all the posts in one day and then schedule them for the following month.
On Facebook and Instagram it is free to do so, if you use Facebook Creator Studio: https://business.facebook.com/creatorstudio/.
For Pinterest, there already is a feature that allows you to schedule up to 30 pins in advance: https://help.pinterest.com/en/business/article/schedule-pins.
Unfortunately, on LinkedIn there is no function for scheduling posts. Fortunately, there is a free platform that helps you to schedule posts in advance for maximum 3 social networks: https://hootsuite.com/plans/free.
Free WordPress Blog
For those of you who want learn how to build websites for photography, there are a few fast and easy ways to start. It is free to get a WordPress subdomain, but you will have ads on your website. I have to admit that this is how I learned WordPress. In the beginning, I tried to use Wix, Weebly and I ended up with WordPress. The latter say that their CMS platform (Custom Management System) powers 35% of the Internet. You can start your free blog here: https://en.wordpress.com/.
Although in the beginning it may seem daunting, after the first blog posts you will see that you can do that blog. As of collaborations and revenue, these do not show up instantly. You need patience and a lot perfectionism for the content that you deliver. One day, your blog will be found by the appropriate collaborators.
If you have a blog and you have reached a deadlock, I will be more than happy to listen to your story. Please leave a message in the comment section or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to help.