It is that time of the year again, blog redo time!

Well, it is that time of the year again. It is when I listen to my initial instinct and redo my blog to become a multi-topic blog instead of a niche blog. I joined a blogging group that told me that I HAD to have a niche. I decided to go along with the group and separate my blog into a few different topics in separate sites. Then the cares of life with elderly relatives took over. There was no time to maintain all of that. Unfortunately, some of those responsibilities are no more. ūüôĀ So now I am back to focus on my blog. I have multiple interest that I would like to learn and share. In addition to that I have so many photographs to share. I know that a business, blogging, web development, business model, innovation, travel photography, and personal blog might not be the best setup of a blog, but that’s OK. So with that, I have put it all back together. In the process I have destroyed a few links to my photographs but that is OK! Expect to see more posts on any topic that comes to my mind. ūüôā

Email List Campaign and Newsletter Software

My friend is looking for email list software to send campaigns and newsletters. Her requirements are below and I am addressing her specific requirements as it relates to MailChimp, her service of choice. I have also provided a few additional resources if you are interested in this topic.

Requirements

My requirements are to have an email system to send email campaigns and develop templates. I need them to be able to give me their email address to download the eBook. Eventually I need a newsletter too.

Does MailChimp Meet the Requirements?

Requirement
Findings Does it Meet the Requirement?
Send email campaigns (and newsletters)
Yes
Develop templates
 Yes
Submit email address (to subscribe)
 Yes
Download eBook (or gift)
 Yes

Conclusion

MailChimp will meet my friends specific requirements. But of course a deeper dive with the software should be undertaken to understand fully how it will meet the goals of her business.

Email Newsletter Software Vendors

Email List Resources

Photoblogging

So if you haven’t figured out by now I have been setting up a combination photoblog. and blog.

Definition

A photoblog (or photolog) is a form of photo sharing and publishing in the format of a blog. It differs from a blog through the predominant use of and focus on photographs rather than text. Photoblogging (the action of posting photos to a photoblog) gained momentum in the early 2000s with the advent of the moblog and cameraphones.

Source: Photoblog – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Host

I have gone through two hosts: SquareSpace and GoDaddy self-hosting. I loved SquareSpace but was having trouble with the enormous amount of images that I want to share. I also did not like the way it shared post on social media. If any of my non-technical friends are looking for a website and blogging platform, I still would highly recommend them.

A Niche

I tried to have multiple blogs for multiple niches. Forget that my photography niche is not really a niche, it is multiple interests. But having two blogs because I want to focus on photography and the things that interest me outside of that such as learning and development, learning technology, project management, Agile, technology, and other things was not working either. I just want to share what I want to share and if someone can learn from it, I am happy. So this blog is multi-facted.

Photoblogging References

Now back to the topic of photoblogging. I looked for  references on photoblogging. The one small problem with many of the references is that they ended up being references to how to setup WordPress. They did not focus on the topic of what strategies are good for photoblogging. I saw many wonderful examples of photoblogs, but still not strategies. So basically I am making up my own. Share everything, but try to aim for sharing a small amount of text with any images that I share and try to select the images that are the most interesting or that tell the story. Below are a few of the references that I found. Even if they were focused more on the technical setup, they were good.

Photoblogs

Here are a few photoblogs that I have discovered along the way. They may be in the lists above but I have personally found them pleasing.

Conclusion

It could be that photoblogging is really being fulfilled by Instagram, Flickr, 500px, and Facebook. I could just post my pictures there and be done with it. But will these services stay around? Probably, but I would rather just take the responsibility of posting my pictures to my own blog and then sharing them to other sites. And with the multipurpose niches of my blog, it will help me to keep everything in one place.