Using Famous Quotations to Punch Up Your Blog

November 19th, 2007 carlajc Posted in Famous Quotations, Photography, Tips and Tools, Writing, Writing Tips and Tools Comments Off on Using Famous Quotations to Punch Up Your Blog

Fish

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“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant.”
Scott Adams

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Let’s face it, sometimes the well is dry and you don’t know what to write. At times like that, borrowing a famous quotations can help get the ball rolling. If used to reinforce your blog’s topic, the quote could even make good reading. (Don’t go off-topic unless there’s a good reason. Unless you have a reputation for covering a variety of subjects, your readers are there for your expertise on one topic.)

If you can combine the quote with a photo, so much the better. As you can see in this post, the photo makes it hard to miss the quote. Don’t know where to find photography? See our review of Stock.Xchng free photos for a great source of quality free images. Or, use your camera phone or digital camera to create images uniquely suited to your blog’s topic.

Here are some tips for using quotations:

  • Use quotation marks around the quote.
  • Make sure to attribute the quote to the appropriate author.
  • Don’t change the quote, even if there’s an obvious error.

Here are some good sources for quotations:

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“In the business world, the rearview mirror
is always clearer than the windshield.”

Warren Buffett

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Fish photo by Pam Roth

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Photo and Short Story Contest

November 7th, 2007 carlajc Posted in Contest, Photography Comments Off on Photo and Short Story Contest

We’re in the process of creating a photo and short story contest, in conjunction with 99 Bloggers. Stay tuned or leave a comment now that you’re interested and we’ll get back to you when all the details are in place.

In the meantime, please visit 99 Bloggers, the new soapbox for bloggers that provides high quality, informative content!

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Stock.Xchng Free Photography

November 4th, 2007 carlajc Posted in Free Graphics, Free Images, Free Online Tools, Free Photos, Photography, Reviews, Tips and Tools Comments Off on Stock.Xchng Free Photography

Stock.Xchng makes it easy to add free images to your blog or Web site

Stock.Xchng sampleIf you want to improve your blog or Web site by adding photos and don’t want to spend a dime to do it, Stock.Xchng, located at www.sxc.hu, is a great resource. I’ve found many quality free photos there over the years, including the cut newspaper letters you see incorporated into the header of this blog, and most of the photos on the pages.

Free images from the Stock.Xchng site may be used in any of the following ways:

  • In digital format on Web sites, multimedia presentations, broadcast film and video, and cell phones
  • In printed promotional materials, magazines, newspapers, books, brochures, fliers and CD/DVD covers
  • Along with your corporate identity (but not as your company logo) on business cards, letterhead, etc.
  • To decorate your home or office

If you’re going to use a free photo from the site, all Stock.Xchng asks is that you leave a comment for the photographer, telling him how you plan to use the image. (You might also want to write a compliment to encourage him to post more photos in the future.) There are a few additional conditions if you want to use images for purposes other than in the above list, but those are clearly spelled out on the standard restrictions page. Also, be aware that a few photographers have their own sets of restrictions. But these are posted under the preview images of their photos, so you’ll know about the requirements before you download.

The Stock.Xchng site also offers an extensive collection of member-written tutorials and blogs on photography and graphic manipulation. They cover topics such as using a scanner to generate photographic images, “drawing” with light, repairing images made from torn printed photos, and many others. If you’re interested in photography or graphics, their large collection of user-generated information alone is worth a trip to their Web site.

Sample Stock.Xchng free image by John Nyberg

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