In the summer, we tend to do a little more “phlogging” than at other times of the year. What’s phlogging, you ask? A phlog is a photo blog! More and more, phlogs are turning up as a great way for people to show off the photos they take on vacations or in their everyday lives. Facebook isn’t the best platform to shocase photos, but a simple photo blog is the perfect way. If you have a smartphone and tend to take a lot of pictures, you can download an app to a great WordPress blog format and start using it right away.
One of the most important things to think about when setting up a phlog is what your layout should look like. You want your photos to be front and center, so choose a blog format that is designed specifically for photos. There should be large, blank space, and ideally a blog that will allow your photos to remain full sized. (There’s nothing worse than tiny photos you have to click on to view.) This blog would not be ideal for a phlog, with all of the links and widgets on the side columns. We post lots of photos at times, but if I were to turn to posting strictly photos, this is not the template I would choose. You might also go for a phlog template that has a white or black background, something that won’t compete with the colours in your pictures.
A lot of people are taking pictures with their smartphones and using Instagram to edit them into beautiful, artistic photos. Even Instagram itself has a great photo blog, filled with tips on getting the most out of your photos. You can see what other people are doing with their photos and they have super tips and ideas to get the most out of your smartphone.
Thanks to Labellenuage for the great Instagram photo!
While we might not have a true photo blog for the library, it’s always fun to think of new ways to post what’s going on. One of our favourite blog posts with photos happened last summer for our Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We might do something similar this year, so keep watching.
What would YOU post on a phlog?