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Priscilla, the delightful little witch who left Soul Food in October 2007 now has a gallery of pictures that help to show us just what a wonderful Soul Tour she has been undertaking. Priscilla set out with a secret mission to learn more about WEB 2.0 and the joys of interactive, online communities.
Since arriving in the United States, Priscilla she visited four states. This is just the beginning of a long adventure that will challenge Ulysses. Unlike Penelope however, I get daily reports on her whereabouts.
While she was with Vi Jones in Apache Junction Arizona Priscilla made friends with Ted the Bear who is another visitor from Australia, celebrated Vi's 80th birthday and generally won everyone's heart. There were many tears when she departed for Wyoming.
Highlights of P's stay in in Los Angeles with Lori Gloyd included a visit with Glinda, who left red shoes near Judy Garland's star in Hollywood, and participating in a wild Halloween festival. According to Priscilla the whole visit was a joy and she says that one day she would like to go back.
Laramie, Wyoming has turned on snow and it has been very cold while Priscilla has been there. However, host Jane Wolfinbarger has still managed to have her see the signts. Priscilla has also found the time to learn more about knitting. Really, this has been an extraordinary journey.
During her stay at Knott's Island, North Carolina Priscilla set up her blog and participated in a lot of art. Staying with Mari Mann was just like participating in an artistic retreat. Priscilla even had her broom updated and she is very proud of it.
I use Flickr as my preferred web photo-hosting site. I have used PhotoBucket in the past but ran into problems with that if I moved a photo to a new location as any photos posted with the original URL would immediately have broken links as the URL no longer existed. I have one major issue with the Flickr website. If you post pictures in an album which you mark as public, anyone can access the album and download as many of your pictures as they like which they can and do and then go away and use on their own sites with no credit given to you. You have no idea that your pictures may have been stolen. The only way to avoid this is to mark the album private but this limits the number of people who can access a particular album to those to whom you have given permission. This is what prevents me from putting one of those nice Flickr links in the sidebars on my various blogs. I will just have to content myself with putting one or two pictures in the sidebars. Obviously, it depends whether you mind the possibility that someone may steal your pictures or whether you are happy to have as many people as
possible visit your Flickr site.
To get round this I have a pro account at Picturetrail (costs about 20 USD per year) which is where I store photos of my artwork. You can store photos in albums in the same way as at Flickr but you can prevent people from right-clicking on the picture and stealing it. Anyone can then look at your Picturetrail photos and leave comments in the guest
album. (In fact you cannot prevent anyone from right-clicking on a picture in your wordpress blog either).
As for uploading pictures to Flickr, if, like me you upload several at a time, it is much quicker to download the little programme called multiple photo uploader from Flickr on to the desktop of your computer. You can then drag and drop the photos you want to upload into the window of this little programme and then upload the whole lot all at once. Obviously if you are uploading photos to different albums you will have to do several uploads.
When you are working on blogs it is best to shrink your images to 350 pixels
IrfanView is a fast and compact image viewer/converter. It is a great program which is trying to be simple for beginners and powerful for professionals. Many supported file formats and features. Features include: multi-language support, Thumbnail option, Painting, slideshow, toolbar skins, fast directory browsing, batch conversion/editing, multipage editing, file search, change color depth, scanning, cut/crop, IPTC edit, capturing, lossless JPG operations, effects, ICC support, EXE/SCR creating, many hotkeys, command line options and plugins.
Version 4.1 includes new Paint plug-in, and adds support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF.
Finding quality images and photos for complementing an important article, essay or news report is already a challenge for many. Imagine when the goal is not only to find good images, but also to find some that you could openly and freely use without needing to pay royalties or one-time publishing rights.
read this article at Robin Good
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Since I use a lot of large images on my blogs, I prefer to store them at Flickr, rather than using space at Wordpress. However, I am pleased to learn from the Day 7 tutorial how to upload smaller images, like clip art, directly to Wordpress. That certainly is quicker. You just have to assess how much imagery you are planning on using on your blog and then choose what works best for your situation.
The whole point of having a blog at Soul Food is to draw in an audience for your art or writing. Blogmasters who succeed in drawing visitors back day after day all have magic toolboxes filled with an array of fascinating web tools. Horror writer, Anita Marie Moscoso is one of the elders at Soul Food and she works her blog, the fabulous Owl Creek Bridge, on a daily basis. Owl Creek Bridge now has a captive audience who keep on coming in to see what Anita Marie has been doing. This is true niche making. I asked Anita Marie to share some of her hints with us.
When I put together my Owl Creek Blog I knew exactly what the feeling I wanted to convey was: I wanted it to feel like a Magician's Prop trunk circa the 1920's- I wanted it to feel like Sideshows and Speakeasies and Vaudeville acts.
Plus I considered myself a student of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone so when it came to images I had an entire universe of the Odd and Macabre to take images from.
But I was fussy about how I wanted my blog to look and there's a lot of artwork to choose from so I went to my used bookstore and went over old books and novels and even comic books.
By the time I was done I knew exactly what is was that I wanted.
I loved pictures from the 1920's to the early 1950's- and I knew they would match my stories perfectly ( even though my stories are usually happening in the present time ).
So I ended up using old photographs and clip-art from Vintage Resources.
I looked for old Sepia Photographs and Daguerreotypes. But I'd have to stress that if you're writing a story you already have little images in your mind and you'd be surprised at the smallest detail or image can tie the story together for your reader.
In other words, you don't have to go for a 'masterpiece'.
I've used simple 'pen and ink ' style clip-art and readers have asked if I drew the picture because it summed the story up so well. The best resource I've found for this is Dover
. Not only can you get free samples from their site you can of course buy discs etc from them.
I would caution against buying clip-art 'on-line'. I'd say go with discs if you have to- plus you can always trade them around once you're done with them. But there are some great 'free' sites that ask for donations and you don't have to sign in to use them.
Another one of the things I've really enjoyed working with is Youtube
but I keep the videos I put up in careful line with what my readers would be coming to my blog for. The videos have to convey the same feeling that one of my stories would convey- and believe it or not that isn't easy.
But at the end of the day unless your blog is just media happy and you don't mind promoting videos then post away- but I've gotten mail from people asking when I'm going to get back to writing if I put more then three up a month.
The last thing I'd advise is to use a reader friendly template- because my work is 'spooky' it would be easy for me to go dark and moody- I didn't go that way because that's predictable plus I don't think it's 'reader friendly'. Keep that in mind- go basic - sounds a bit dull but remember what you're writing is what you want your readers to pay attention to.
Go ahead Spice it you blog up with pictures or do creative things with your fonts, but I want my readers to feel like they're settling back with a good book- if you make them forget they're in front of a computer they won't say, " Oh hey, I wander how my bid at EBay is doing? " and skip right by a story or poem of yours that could have won you a new reader.
is a great site for setting images to music ( they also host a variety of other neat 'toys' ) - again, I've only done a few of the slide shows and here at Wordpress I'll post a link to a page. That way the music doesn't kick on every time someone hits your site.
So go crazy- there is a world of things out there you can use but as I started to expand the tools I used I remember what my Mom and Grandma used to say when I first started to wear makeup.
Less is more.
That works for blogs too.
Anita Marie Moscoso 2007
Having only started with web 2.0 over the last 5 months, I am really amazed at what a great resource it is for learning and teaching. A new enthausiasm has returned to both classroom teaching and the students themselves.
Students have really taken to blogging. They love going home at night, taking photos with their digital cameras, returning to school the next day and endless patience can be witnessed with the relatively tedious task of resizing their photos and renaming them.
Anne Mirtschin Hawkesdale P-12 College
If you have a close look at what Anita Marie has done at Owl Creek you will observe that she has lots of intersting strategies to keep her readership coming back.
For a start she makes full use of some excellent Clip Art sites that permit the blogmaster to add their images to the site. What Anita Marie does is save these images in to a folder on to her computer and then she can point the browser to the image of her choice.
To add a simple clip art photograph in a post all you need to do is scroll to the bottom section of the post window.
BROWSE and choose your image from a folder on your computer. Give it a title and a description if you are attentive to details and want to attract visitors through tags and then UPLOAD
A new screen will now appear.
You will be offered the choice of whether to have your images as a thumb print or as the original size. Make sure you have sized your images. If they are too big they will not look good on the page. I generally size my images, using Photoshop, to 350 by 200. If you do not have photoshop you can resize your images at PIC RESIZE or with a group like IRFANVIEW and save them in your folder.
Click SEND TO EDITOR
The image will now appear in your post box. It is up to you to position it within that box using the toolbar at the top.
I am also using this site for non-photo images: Free Image Hosting. It works about the same way as Flickr. I wanted something for some of the images I am using for the CSS I am playing with; most of these are from my wacom tablet. I will also use this for any clip art that I might scan in and upload from hard copy. Since Flickr prefers photos, I didn't want to store these there, and Free Image Hosting seems to be made for people doing some sort of web design who don't have a server of their own to store things on. Just another one of the many options that are out there!
There are a number of hosts who will store images for you on the internet. Flickr, owned by Yahoo and is just one of these. It really is up to the individual to decide which service meets their need. While I use Flickr I am well aware that other services are just as good, often superior. It really is a matter of choice. Many at Soul Food use Flickr because it is so simple and enables to organise your photographs and art work into SETS or mini galleries depending on how you see it all. The one downside is that Flickr only provide space for 200 free images. Once you exceed this amount there is an annual fee for their service.
When you create an account with Flickr you can store your photos or art work in sets and upload your photographs on to the web by using html code that Flickr provide you with.
The instructions are very clear. Save your image in a folder on your computer and click UPLOAD PHOTOS
Select CHOOSE PHOTOS
You can add multiple files by clicking ADD MORE
UPLOAD your PHOTOS
The next screen tells you that you are finished but prompts you to describe your photos.
The new screen directs you to name tags - headings that will be used by browsers when they are searching for images - and to file your work in a set. For the purpose of this exercise the set name is Priscilla because it is the file where all of P's images will be stored.
Now your photos are filed in sets and you can readily access them to add them to your blog.
To do this choose your set and click on the image you want to use. For example, I will click on P Pumpkin.
Look at the options above the photograph. Choose and click ALL SIZES
You can choose to reduce the size of your image here. Each time code will appear in the box below. Copy this.
Paste it in to your POST box at WordPress but make sure to choose the option CODE, rather than VISUAL.
Publish and your image will be on your blog.
Create a vault to hold your images online, using the program of your choice. Upload an image on to your blog and then do it again so that you know that you really do know what to do.