Hosting your own photoblog

In PhotoNetCast Episode #58 the guys responded to my email about starting a photoblog. It was listening to some earlier episodes of PhotoNetCast that initially inspired me to put my photography on the web.

I played around with a few things (blogger.com, wordpress.org, shutterchance.com), and rejected a few others (tumblr.com) out of hand based on their abhorrent terms of service. I settled on shutterchance because the look and feel was not too bad and the terms of service were acceptable. Really, I just didn't want to deal with the hassle of designing my own site.

When I mentioned my shutterchance site in an email thanking the PhotoNetCast crew for their inspiration, Antonio Marques responded, asking, with the price of hosting being so low, why didn't I just create my own site? Well, I thought about it and decided that he was right. By building my own site, I could write my own terms of service, guarantee a satisfactory look-and-feel, and still get everything I wanted out of a presence on the web.

So, after a week or so of fiddling, I had designed something I could be happy with and put it out into the ether--and it felt good. Of course, as is pointed out in the episode, the journey doesn't end there. I still have only a modest amount of traffic coming to my site, most of it originating from Google Images searches. That's fine with me, though. It's certainly beats the darkness that existed before or the horror of horrors that is Flickr.

Thanks again to the crew of PhotoNetCast for the excellent podcast and for the in-depth response!

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