There are so many ways to get your shots on the internet that it’s hard to know where to start. Ideally, you want something free, easy and which doesn’t require any software, and we’ve got the perfect thing: a Google blog. Below we’ll show you how simple it is to start a photo blog when you’re on a tight budget.
We’ll also show you step by step how you can add full portfolios to your blog once you have it made. Here’s how to do it…
1 Sign up to Blogger
First, go to www.blogger.com. Click the big ‘Create Your Blog Now’ arrow, bottom right. Choose a name for your blog and check the blog address you want is available.
2 Choose a template
Next, you’re asked to choose a template. You can customise these later to create your own individual ‘look’, but for now we’ll pick the ‘Scribe’ design.
3 Start blogging!
We’ve skipped the screen where you compose your blog entries because the instructions are pretty clear. Instead, we can show you the finished blog with its first post.
Adding a portfolio to your photo blog
Although you can use Blogger to post pictures individually, it’s not really designed for online portfolios. This is where you need another Google service – Picasa Web Albums. You don’t have to be using Picasa itself, but if you are you’ll be able to upload (and update) albums from within the program itself. Here’s how to get involved…
1 Sign up to Picasa
Picasa has a sign-in link in the top right-hand corner of the window. If you don’t already have an account you can use this screen to create one.
2 Choose your photos
Once you’ve done that you can right-click on any folder or album and choose ‘Upload to Web Albums’. You don’t need to worry about resizing images…
3 Upload them
That’s taken care of in the next window, where you can also take care of the privacy options. Choose ‘Unlisted’ or ‘Sign In Required’ if you want to restrict access.