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Editing your blog entries

Posted 11-12-2007 at 07:46 AM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)
Updated 11-12-2007 at 08:02 AM by Doug Nelson (Added UPDATE: at bottom)

It's your blog. Edit it how you like.

However...

Realize that bots are taking snapshots, and people are referring their friends. So if what they're interested in isn't here when they arrive, or has drastically changed, they probably won't ever come back might get confused. And remember, the key is more readers over time, not less.

I'm not talking about spelling or grammar corrections here, but substantive edits that change the meaning or expand upon the...
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"You won't find an answer here"

Posted 11-11-2007 at 11:30 AM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)
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This is probably my biggest forum peeve, and I have many, very large peeves, so that's not to be taken lightly.

Someone will post an earnest question, and the response they get will be "you probably won't find an answer here, but go to XXX forum and they'll help you out".

Bloody hell!

How in the world are we ever expected to improve as a resource if we keep sending away the very people asking us for help? The idea is to a) help them, but also...
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Writing to be found

Posted 11-10-2007 at 09:31 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

Blogs are not like forums or email lists or chatrooms. People do not look for blog hosts and then browse merrily though the myriad posts. They find, through various means, one blog, decide if they like it, and then either bookmark it or subscribe to its RSS feed.

So what are these "various means" that someone might use to find your blog?
  • Happy accident
  • Personal recommendations
  • Blog directories
  • Search engines
These are ranked in order of the amount of control...
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IMG tags

Posted 11-09-2007 at 03:27 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

Unlike the forums, you can use img tags here. Be careful, though. Some sites don't like linking to their images (I know I don't). And linked images can go dead after awhile. And don't link to images that are too wide.


And they look better centered.
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The gold standard for photo blogs

Posted 11-09-2007 at 12:46 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

One of my favorite blogs to read is The Online Photographer. Mike Johnston used to be the editor for what is still my favorite photo magazine, Photo Techniques.

I don't agree with everything he says, but he writes thoughtfully and well, and has some of the best commenters around. It isn't a rehash of links and press releases, each post is a mini magazine article.

Now if someone would just start something similar here for retouching, and another for photo restoration,...
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