Once you have a collection of photos, you might want to start sharing your kid’s photography so the world can see. Perhaps you have aspirations of becoming a kid’s photographer, or simply want others to be able to enjoy your work. But what’s the best way to start your first kid’s photography blog?
First There’s FLICKR
Flickr is a great place to upload photos and people can comment on them (if they’re registered), but it certainly has limitations. You also have to be careful that you don’t accidentally allow your images to be used under a creative commons license (where they can be downloaded anywhere).
Next, Prepackaged Sites
Places like Tumblr offer prepackaged sites that let you create a photography blog in just a few minutes, upload photos, and share your thoughts on your photography or the photography process. Other sites include more functionality where you can sell your images, but they are less blog and more commercial photography speed (you can check it out here).
Make your Own
Creating your own photography blog site takes a bit more time and effort, but in the end you’ll get something that you truly own – including your own URL (web address). Site hosts like GoDaddy and HostPapa offer really affordable introductory packages that include your domain name and hosting, as well as email if you desire. From there, you can install a WordPress Template, upload photos and discuss your photography, your kids, or whatever you prefer.
Ideally, you want to start your blog off with a few posts, say three to five, before you begin promoting – so people can stay awhile and get a feeling for what you like to talk about, your photos, etc. You can post a single photo per blog, but for photography blogs you might want to post a series of different shots with the same theme, or from the same event.
Promote, Promote, Promote!
There’s not much point in having a blog if no one reads it, is there? If you have Facebook (who doesn’t, these days?) tell your friends, and update your page regularly when you add new posts. It may also be beneficial to have a Twitter account so people can follow you, find out when you add more blog posts, and you can follow people who offer interesting advice or other photography blogs.
Have fun with it! Find your creative side, not just in your photography of your kids, but also your writing. Document your process, you’ll find that other people will find inspiration from what you have to say.