Butterfly CaughtWhen I started this blog I planned on posting some differing length articles, trying to find a natural balance between the available time and length of posts. Once I started writing all my articles seem to reach a natural length of around 1000 words. That doesn’t mean I’m aiming for posts to reach that size, it just seems to happen.

This takes a little longer each week than I had originally planned. Last week I was getting close to missing my allocated posting slot. If that starts happening then I know that it will not be too long before I give up completely replacing this with something more important.

So I decided to do something about it. I found something else less important that I could cut back on. Hence the post about Information Overload.

The moral is keep going if at all possible. Even if you are travelling at a snails pace you will still get there in the end.

As I am a bit short of time this week I am just going to do a short post about the pictures I have been using on this site. As you may have noticed most of the images are not mine even though I am a keen amateur photographer.

Why not my photos?

So why don’t I just go through my back catalog of photos and try and find something that fits the subject? There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. I am not sure I have enough photos to be suitable for the varying types of posts I have been creating, let alone into the future. I didn’t want to put extra pressure on myself by requiring me to take and process new photos each week ready for my weekly post.
  2. I have been very slack over the last few years and most of my photos are still unorganised and there are lots that aren’t even processed yet. I have started getting on top of this, in fact one of the reasons I started this blog was to organise my photo workflow.

There are a few of my photos that I have chucked in, they are the ones that don’t have a credit under them.

Which photos can I use?

There are some copyright restrictions when using other peoples photos. Especially if you plan on making money from your web site. I have no intentions of monetising my blog at the moment but I have decided to only include images that allow for this just in case I change my mind in the future.

The photos I include all come from Flickr. This doesn’t mean that I can just go on Flickr and choose any photos to stick up on my site. Each photo has a license attached so I can narrow my search to only include photos licenses under a Creative Commons license. This usually includes a clause that says that you have to give the original author credit. I place this credit under each photo included with a link to their account on Flickr.

One exception to this copyright license was the photo for my Avatar Review. That image was licensed in a way that allows you to use the image in a review of the film so I should be covered there.

How do I pick them?

So how do I find an appropriate photo for each post? I came across a great plugin for WordPress, the program I use for this blog, called Photo Dropper. This plugin has some settings to restrict the search to only include photos under the appropriate license which is a great help.

Once Photo Dropper is set up all you have to so is click the icon and you are prompted to enter a keyword. You will then be shown a selection of images to choose from. You just select the one you want and it will get inserted into the post with the credit and link back to Flickr already included.

Why todays photo?

This post started out with the statement keep going, even if you are moving at a snails pace. So I was going to put up a picture of a snail but then I thought of a slug instead. An old nickname of mine was slugger or sometimes slug and there is still at least one person that refers to me but that name so I thought the opportunity was too good to miss.

Image: Creative Commons License Napalm filled tires


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