Someone asked “Why the hell don’t you get a Flickr account? It must be a far better way to share your photos than posting 20+ at a time.”
So I wrote back with something like this:
Let me tell you a little how I make my blog posts.
What I want:
A single post with lots of photos, all viewable at the first look, at a size that does the photos justice, but that still fit on most displays. For a great example of this, check out the Big Picture blog from the Boston Globe.
What I don’t want:
Any “Click here to see the next image” links.
Scripts (although I’d love the “J for next photo” link on the Big Picture blog).
Any external controls on how any photo displays.
Here’s my method:
– I use Lightroom to export all the photos I want, with a set prefix, and individually numbered, all at the right size for viewing on my blog.
– These go into a set file on my laptop, named with the same prefix.
– I use a text file to write the blog post. Each line starts with a number. If the number is 0 it means there is no photo. Any number above that means I write about the photo with that number.
– I name that file with the same prefix.
– I run a python script that takes all the writing in the text file and converts it to HTML (with the photo descriptions as alt-text), and spits out two files.
– The first file is a html file that I can load locally, to check all the photos look good, and all the descriptions make sense, and there are no errors.
– The second file (and the terminal window) displays the HTML code, ready to copy and paste.
So far, I can do all of this while not connected to the internet. This is very important for me, because as you can see from my blog posts, I spend a lot of time traveling. It’s no good to me to only be able to work when connected to the internet, when I’m also on a plane. Or I’m on a cruise ship with satellite internet, which is very slow and very expensive, and I might not have wifi in my room. For example, I wrote this post while offline, or else it might have cost me a dollar to write while connected.
Back to my method:
– At this point, I can connect to the internet, and use ftp to upload the folder with the photos to my server.
– Because the files are already at the exact size and quality for display on my blog, it takes no longer than necessary. These 26 photos took about 10 minutes over satellite internet.
– Meanwhile, I paste the HTML into my wordpress blog “new post” form, tick a few boxes, and hit “Publish”.
– I now disconnect from the internet.
Sometimes, if I also want to share the original resolution files along with smaller display images, I export each photo from Lightroom twice, with the same number, and use a slightly different python script. Of course, these photos then take a massive amount of bandwidth compared to only the smaller images, and so I rarely do this when traveling.
Also, I often upload my favorite photos to Facebook, to share them there too, especially if the photos show friends or events my friends attended.
I have a Flickr account. For the number of images I share, I’d have to get a paid account, and so far I’ve not seen how it will help me share images on my blog. It’ll add many steps to the entire process, and steps I can only do online.
Again, if you could explain what I’m missing, I’d really appreciate it.