In this challenge #5, the ‘eyes’ of the blog will be considered. If a blog has eyes, what would it see? What does the blog post look like? What can the post or blogger see? When the topic of effective posts was studied, many participants spoke about the importance of adding an image.
An image in 5 words
A picture tells 1000 words. However, look at the image above, click on it to enlarge it and talk about it in just five words. Fill in the form below adding your five words (Adding your name/pseudonym is optional.) You can see the results by clicking on this link.
Images are an important element of blogging. Where possible, photos should be original. However, if they are not, creative commons comes into effect. Therefore it is important that all advanced participants read the Beginners Activity Challenge #5 where Sue Waters of Edublogs has given execellent advice, tips and hints when using images. There are also suggested sites for making your own images.
Challenge no. 5 for Kick Start Your Blog
- Tips for using images online or
- Share how you have used images effectively in your blog or
- A story in 5 or 10 images. (Avoid using text altogether ) or
- My town/home or school in 5 or 10 images.If you choose this you could try the photo gallery option of the blog. (tip: add all your photos but do not insert into post. When finished, insert gallery) or
- Your choice of topic on “Using images in blogs”
- Remember to tag the post with #ksyb and other relevant tags, add a comment back here, sharing the link to your blog post.
- Find at least 5 other participants’ blog posts and add a comment.
- Use original images or photos where possible
- If using online images, ensure you follow creative commons requirements (see Beginners’ Challenge)
- Remember images may need to be resized for online use
- Make sure the file extension is jpg or png not bmp. bmp is too large for online use.
- A good image size in blogs is 500 pixels wide by 375 pixels high. (although compare this with the advice given in the Begninners’ Challenge)
- Search for online image converters or if you use a PC, try downloading irfanview (a personal favourite). This free tool allows many editing functions.
- There has been a bit of an issue with the FlickR API the last few days
- If you have trouble using Compfight, FlickrCC or Wylio.com and they don’t return any search results we recommend you try again later.
- Meanwhile you can search directly using Creative Commons Flickr photos
Extension activity (optional)
Create an animated photo show. Think of a theme, try adding images to animoto, slide or other online image animators. Add music, transitions, text etc. Grab the resultant code and add to your blog post.