I’m no expert, but from my experience, photoblogging (much like pimpin’) ain’t easy. You have to go out into the world, take some digital photos, bring them home, delete the crappy ones, enhance the good ones, upload them to a server or service (like Flickr). Once that’s all done, you need to write a blog post, link each image, add some descriptions (which you probably already did in Flickr), make sure the formatting is right, etc. I’ve done a few photoblog like posts (like this one) and I can say, it can be a lengthy process.
Folks like Danny Choo do this on a regular basis, but how?! He’s such a busy person, I can’t imagine he’d take the time to run through the steps needed to share his work as much as he does (although I suppose he could have an assistant that does this.) With that in mind, I poked around his site to see if he may be automating the process. Almost immediately, I noticed two things: Danny uses Flickr to host his photos, and the descriptions on the Flickr versions are identical to those on his website; see below:
Photo from Hobby Tengoku post on [DannyChoo.com]( http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/26975/Hobby+Tengoku.html).
Flickr Photoblog is a PHP library that uses Flickr’s APIs through PEAR::Flickr_API to create a string of HTML that can easily dropped into any blog post or used as a stand alone web page. You can write as little as 3 lines of code, include your own CSS files for styling, give photo attribution, create your own HTML headers and a some other neat stuff.
For now Flickr Photoblog is geared towards developers, however, I have some ideas on a web app that would allow folks without coding knowledge to benefit. If you’re a photoblogger and would like help using it in your project or workflow, let me know!
First photo by Chasing Donguri.