It’s been a long, long, long week after getting my preeeeccciiioouss new iPad, downloading apps, sifting through it all and going through the settings to get it prepared for my Rocky Mountain road trip. Not only that, I also went back through my iPhone as well and did some major housecleaning, and *ahem*, my MacBook too. Yes I am a Macaddict, and I don’t care who knows.
The end result was to change everything about how I push my content to my blog and social networks, testing apps like Instagram, apps for photo editing and adding special effects, and finally apps to do some form of offline blogging.
It occurred to me that all these apps had one thing in common: they all had sharing functions that allowed me to share photos and other content I created to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, even Foursquare, but no sharing function whatsoever to easily push the same content to the place I really wanted it to go: MY &#@$($ING BLOG.
It’s a conspiracy against bloggers I tell ya: a systematic effort to ensure that social networks can all profit from the content I GIVE THEM. And why not? It’s the only way I can maximize my reach after all, even if it means I am in essence sending people AWAY from my site, and not TO it. That’s why this last week has been an exercise in massive frustration on how I could somehow turn all that around. How can I seed social networks with my content, and yet at the same time still give people a reason to come to my site, so I can continue to expand my readerships and metrics at least to the point where brands don’t roll around the floor laughing to tears when I tell them how much traffic my blog gets? Aye, there’s the rub.
Since I want a large part of my blogging to involve the photography I do, I’ve had to establish a workflow that would make it easy for me to push my work everywhere on teh internetz, while still giving me plenty of time to enjoy my travels, and I think I’ve acheived that somewhat. The first step was getting an Eye-fi card with direct mode, allowing me the pleasure of wirelessly transferring photos I take with my Canon s95 straight to my iPhone. With the impending arrival of Apple’s iCloud, the photos will also show up on my iPad and my MacBook once I come across a WiFi network. All my photo content will then be synced across all my devices, including my camera. I can then use any of my Apple gadgets to edit, add special effects or filter these photos before uploading them to Flickr, which I decided to use as my central repository for my online photo collection. With the use of an app called FlickStackr, I can upload these photos in an optimized and resized format, then use its sharing function to disemminate these photos on Twitter, Facebook, etc.. I can also use Blogsy to quickly showcase these same photos on my blog as well.
At least that’s how I think I’ll be doing it. I figured I would use my iPhone for these tasks when I’m moving around, then my iPad when I’ve had a chance to sit down and take a breath (or when I’m dining somewhere), and finally my MacBook when I’m all settled in at the hotel.
I also have the option of emailing photos to Flickr instead, which is set up to automatically publish the same photo to my blog. I’m not sure this is the route I want to take though, as I don’t have much flexibility in how I can resize photos or format the post, but it is an option. It also has the advantage of forcing people to come to my blog to see the photo, rather than seeing it consumed on other social networks. The only downside is that it doesn’t populate Twitter’s new user gallery of photos (they don’t see my blog as a photo service, the filthy scum suckers.) Although… I could use Instagram for that instead.
In fact I’m starting to understand why Instagram is so popular now. When they say it’s easy to share, they are NOT lying. I can easily share each photo to Flickr, Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook at the same time without breaking a sweat, whereas with other apps, you can usually only do these one after the other, and often their sharing is limited to Twitter or Facebook only. Notice though, there’s no option by Instagram to share photos to my blog. Of course.
I guess I could either round up all the Instagram photos I’ve taken for the day and compile them into one post, but I guess this is still something I need to experiment around with.
In any event, at least the worst of it is out of the way, and I can finally look forward to a very hi-tech (and hopefully equally rewarding) road trip. Assuming I don’t get hit by a train this week.