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30 Amazing photoblogs (and a few tips for creating one)

Below are some of the best photography blogs on the web. Have a favorite? Share it in the comments.

1. Positive Negative

2. Flak Photo

3. Lanpher Photoblog

4. Verve Photo

5. The Occasional Odd Crop

6. Cazurro dot com

7. Puja Parakh

8. These Fleeting Moments

9. Static

10. Daily Dose of Imagery

More photoblogs after the jump

11. Brook Pifer

12. Deceptive Media

13. The Narrative

14. Mute

15. Joe’s NYC

16. Chromogenic.net

17. Orbit1

18. Thinsite

19. Stuck in Customs

20. Alakija.com

21. Bluejake

22. Wink

23. Mexican Pictures

24. Smallest Photo

25. Delineated.com

26. Aan de dijk

27. Caitriona.net

28. Noushin Blog

29. Shahin Edalati

30. fiftymillimeter

Want to create a great photoblog? Check out Pro Blog Design’s ten tips for designing photoblogs, including advice on color choice and captions, and stay up to date with the latest happenings around the photo blogosphere at I Love Photoblogs


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21 Free online photo editing tools
Essential resources for panoramic photography
6 Creative approaches to photography
Create brilliant multimedia projects from the mundane
10 Tips for taking better photos

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The secret to being a better writer

You’ve written an outstanding story or blog post with insightful commentary, pointed analogies, and flowery prose that would make Shakespeare cry. But if your writing is full of spelling and grammar errors, you might as well have just passed gas in public.


Inside every good writer should be a good editor. Luckily, the web is full of tips for keeping your writing in check. The first stop for any writer should be the the American Copy Editors Society’s collection of links that includes writing headlines, avoiding clichés and of course, copy editing tips.

Daily Writing Tips is another must-read for any writer looking to improve his or her craft. After reading posts like 8 Proofreading Tips And Techniques, How to Revise, Edit and Proofread Your Writing, and English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know, you will have immediately improved your writing know-how.

Patricia T. O’Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, author and blogger at Grammarphobia.com, also has a few quick tips for correct punctuation, including proper comma placement and when to use the overused apostrophe.

Smashing Magazine has a great list of the top ten web typography sins, including using hyphens instead of em dashes and including extra spaces in copy. Even better is Copyblogger’s list of five grammatical errors that make you look dumb, including the dreaded its vs. it’s (hint: if you mean “it is” or “it has,” use an apostrophe).

If copy editing is a consistent problem and you are a glutton for punishment, GooseGrade, upon its release, will let users correct the mistakes in your writing. Readers are readying their red pens as we speak.

A perfectly written story doesn’t mean jack if the headline sucks. Especially now that SEO and keywords and all that has come into play, creating an attention-grabbing headline has become even more difficult. Never fear, though. Condomunity has a stellar and detailed post about how a well-written headline makes all the difference and how to create a good one.

Even more headline writing advice can be found at Copyblogger and in this previous post on writing better headlines.

Once you’ve got your own wordplay under wraps, it’s time to laugh at the mistakes of others. Start by checking out the posts at Regret the Error, especially the gaffe committed by the New Hampshire-based Valley News, which misspelled its own name in its masthead. Logophiles will also enjoy the English Fail Blog, a series of photos of bad grammar captioned in the style of I Can Has Cheezburger?

And, of course, feel free to laugh and point should there be any glaring errors in this post. See? You’re a better writer already!

You're No One If You're Not on Twitter

Because having a blog is not enough.

Screw the system. Publish your own content!


For a while, I felt like I was living a double life by having a non-work related blog, but turns out a lot of my fellow journalists also have side projects outside of the newsroom that range from books to blogs (and some very interesting gigs in between).

For those writers who don’t want to wait to land that big book deal, there are several sites that make publishing your own print publication a breeze.

Sites like CreateSpace let budding authors publish their own books that are printed as they are ordered, rather than buying a large number of copies that must be sold to see a profit. If you are interested in buying large numbers of your own book, check out Lulu.com or Wordclay.

The magazine market is a crowded one and some great publications come and go. But by using MagCloud, which prints your custom-designed magazine for you much in the way CreateSpace does, you can reach your target audience without forking over any money up front. MagCloud will take your PDF and print and ship glossy magazines to your readers, while you set your own price and revenue.

If you’re thinking print but on a smaller scale, consider uploading your documents to Scribd, a self-publishing site and searchable index. Once you’ve uploaded your Word/Excel/PDF/text doc, you can embed it in any site, including your blog.

Audiophiles should also consider setting up their own online radio show and broadcasters who want more than what YouTube can offer should check out Ustream.tv, where anyone can stream live video with as little as a webcam and an internet connection.

And if you’re already blogging, consider that blogs like Stuff White People Like and sites like Urban Dictionary have already transformed their online content into successful publications.

Pump up your portfolio via mobile or video

The recent list of 15 Journalists’ outstanding personal sites featured a group of journos whose portfolios were innovative, yet most were spread over several pages. For the broadcast and visual journalists, sometimes something briefer and more compact is required.

The still-growing popularity of online video means journalists can upload video clips of their work that encapsulate who they are professionally in just a few moments. This cuts down on the time a potential employer has to spend sifting through pages to get an idea of who they are.

An online reel can be as simple as a well-edited YouTube video like that of NYC-based reporter Tony Anderson (embedded below) or incorporated into an existing site like that of on-air personality Alex Miranda.

If you’re going to have an online reel to show, it helps to already be a visual designer. Mark Coleran shows off some of his work in a minutes-long online reel. More important than the stunning graphics is the video’s editing which makes the composite work feel like a non-verbal narrative.

Alternatively, web/multimedia designers and photographers would be wise to have mobile-enhanced portfolio sites that are accessible anywhere. Imagine it: You’re at a social function and a possible employer wants to see some of your work. Instead of just handing him or her a business card with a link to your site, you can pull out your iPhone, Blackberry or other smartphone and give them a quick visual glimpse of your talent.

This can be accomplished by simply uploading photos/screenshots/graphics to a dedicated folder on your phone or by creating portfolio site optimized for the mobile web.

Whether your résumé exists in an alternative form or not, it is absolutely necessary that every journalist has an online personal site for displaying his or her work or else you’re letting opportunities pass you by.


Also on 10,000 Words:

15 Journalists’ outstanding personal sites
7 Journalists’ well-designed portfolios
Redesigning the personal website
How to make the most of your journalism internship

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