I've started a little experiment that I wanted to share with you. I'm working on some tutorials on how to photoblog, and as part of my research I've been trying out various platforms. As some of my long term readers probably already know, I'm currently using Squarespace, and I'm a big fan of that service. My Streets of Dublin project uses Tumblr, and in the past I've used a self hosted Wordpress install for this site as well as several others. In fact, my digital download store still runs on Wordpress.
For the sake of completion however, I wanted to try some of the other services out there, and the main one that was missing from my repertoire was wordpress.com. Unlike a self hosted Wordpress installation, a wordpress.com blog is fully hosted, and is kind of more like Tumblr. I was curious to see how the platform worked, and how it differed from a self hosted Wordpress install, so I set up a blog to test it out. The blog in question is called Photo Wander, and is actually an idea i've been toying with for a while, in fact I bought the domain name for it ages ago.
I have a lot of Travel Photography, and I've been toying with ways of sharing it for ages now. So, when came up with the idea of testing wordpress.com, it seemed like a good idea to combine the two. I was originally going to try doing some kind of magazine, but instead, I decided to follow a similar format to my Streets of Dublin project, and post one (or sometimes a few) pictures at a time, and tell a little story to go with it. It's only just an experiment at the moment, but if you have some free time stop by and check it out.
I'm going to gather my thoughts on how this works out, and put it into a guide to help people considering starting their own blog choose a platform. I'll be covering Wordpress (self hosted), Tumblr, Wordpress.com and Squarespace. I'm not going to cover Blogger or Typepad, because in my opinion both are pretty outdated (in terms of design), and confusing for beginners, and there are better options especially for those starting out. I know some people still use these platforms, but I won't be covering them. If this interests you and you have any questions regarding different platforms please let me know in the comments below so I can incorporate them. Also, if you think of some other platform that might be interesting to look at for photo blogging, then let me know and if it's practical, I'll take a look.
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