Most blogs continuously use various sources of media to enhance the overall blog; whether it be a photo for the header, the blog’s background, or a photo or video to add to a blog post. Whatever the media use may be, the first place I would think to look for a source would be on a Google search. For one of our first class assignments for our blogs we were instructed to do an advanced Google search for an image for our header…many images were made available to use, but the main thing we look to now is were the images credible, and how do you give adequate credit for using an image that is essentially not “yours”? On this assignment, along with using the photo of our choice as a header, we also had to give the photo source credit in our About sections saying “header image borrowed from…”
This is where this week’s assignment comes in. Instead of a Google search, we were asked to use the Creative Commons search engine which provides credible sources of media through a variety of platforms (Flickr, Google Images, YouTube, etc). I had no idea this search engine, but it is actually extremely helpful in the world of “online sharing.” Since this is a blog all about yummy food, I just typed “food” into the search engine and decided to use Flickr as a source platform, figuring I would find the most results on that. And that’s where I found this lovely picture of colorful, delicious macaroons…perfect. According to the Fair Use Checklist we were provided with, reasons to support my use of this media image on my blog are the following: nonprofit educational institution use and purpose (class assignment), borrowed images are used in small quantities and appropriate for educational purpose, etc.
Helloooo Blogging World!
I’d like to congratulate myself and the rest of my Strategic Presentation class on creating our blogs and maintaining them for about a month now…it’s actually not as easy keeping up with a blog as you may think. Starting our blog was one thing, but now what’s the next step? Having people actually want to visit and follow our blogs would be nice. Since we started this blogging adventure as a class assignment, our blogs are just one in a million in the blogging world. The good news is, we can all help each other gain some followers…hopefully some outside bloggers that are interested in what we have to say.
Electronic collaboration and sharing is key as we try and promote our blogs. I’m sure that the majority of us have Twitter accounts which allows for endless sharing to the Twitter universe. If you have any interest in my blog, or even think some of you Twitter followers may…help me out! You can tweet something about food (which literally everyone loves to read about on social media now a days) and mention my blog in the tweet. You can even use tags such as #food #yummy #recipes #cooking…anything along those lines that would connect other bloggers right here to my blog. I have created tags of my own on my posts, as well as categories for my posts, which will hopefully help when trying to reach out to my follower base.
There are also other Internet platforms that encourage sharing such as Facebook, Instagram, even several Google platforms. Give sharing my blog a try and lets see if I can get a substantial following base (you know, more than about 5 readers that are just my classmates). Good luck with your blogs as well!