Over the past week, I have deleted almost every image from my blog.
A full explanation of why can found in yesterday’s post, “How Being Above Reproach Caused the Deletion of Over 300 Blog Images.”
The obvious questions for avid bloggers are, “How will you generate initial interest into your posts? How will you stop people from simply skimming over your text-based content?” Believe me; these were my fears too.
Regardless, as I stated yesterday, God had been calling me to be above reproach in all areas of my life. My blog was not excluded from this call. Furthermore, I need to realize that God is the one who gave me creativity in the first place. My ability to write posts that teach and bless people is a gift from the Lord. Therefore, I should treat it with the highest of standards.
I believe Paul said it best to the Galatian church in chapter one: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10) I need to remember that the first step of my personal mission statement is “Serving Christ…“
Now enough about the why, let’s talk about the how? As I also stated yesterday, God honoured my decision and I quickly found a site called PhotoPin.com. This is an incredible site that allows bloggers to use images under Created Commons (cc). In turn, the use of the image increases the photographer or image creator’s web-presence. Here’s a breakdown of how PhotoPin works.
1. Open PhotoPin.com and type in a specific type of image that you’re looking for. For this post, I typed in “delete button”. IMPORTANT NOTE: The first set of images will be ‘Sponsored Images’ leading you to a paid image site. Scroll down to obtain the free images.
2. Once you see an image that you like, click “Get Photo“. This will open the image into a window with the remaining three steps to the process, which are also listed below.
3. Follow PhotoPin steps as indicated in image window. (1) Select Image Size, (2) Click on Photo on the Left to check License, (3) Grab HTML for Attribution.
What other tools or resources do you use, that could assist writers and bloggers be more above reproach?