Saturday, October 21, 2006

Post #2: The joys of photoblogging

Photoblogging as defined in wikipedia, is " form of photo sharing and publishing in the format of a blog, but differentiated by the predominant use of and focus on photographs rather than text." Now it is easy to just regurgitate information and move on. But this photoblogging aspect really got me excited. The possibilities of it really appeal to me.
With a degree in art history and a minor in fine arts, this aspect is something that speaks directly to a part of me that would want to easily display my pieces on the web. Now, the resolution of the pictures would have to be immaculate, but the tool to share them in photoblogging is an artist's best friend. Displaying the taste of entire portfolios on your blog with limited need for text is something to which I respond well. What is the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words."?
And how would this relate to libraries? Very, very easily. Showing pictures of events that have been held at your library in a manner that promotes it can be so much more effective than trying to find "the perfect words". Showing pictures of the edifice itself or the staff can also be an effective promotional tactic.
Digital cameras are easy to find and are more and more affordable than ever before. Creating a photoblog could be the perfect tool for a medium that is inundated with images. On the web, pictures rule the viewers' attention. Photoblogging should be utilized.
Now, I am not saying to get rid of text all together, I can be very pleonastic. But photoblogging can draw people in who are used to clicking to the next page without thought or discretion.

2 Comments:

Blogger Michael Stephens said...

Good post. To see photoblogging in action, check out:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/newportpubliclibrary/

5:49 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

It's so neat that we are able to share photos with others, especially within the library community. Here's a thought; what happens if we could check out digital cameras like we do books? Hmmmmm...could it be possible?

7:13 AM  

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