In order to run a blog effectively, you should have a firm grip on computer and you would have to spare sometime to update your blog.
Your family’s safety should be your first priority, therefore you should not use real names instead choose some aliases. Ask your friends and family members to give review on your posts and as the time passes by, your traffic will keep increasing. I am writing this as a practical instructional manual in terms of how to start your own photography blog. So don’t think that blogs are a “fad”— they are forms of self-expression and communication which are here to stay.
Interestingly enough— apparently 90% of the web is now powered by WordPress (commonly known as a blogging platform, but now most major websites like the NY times, etc run on it).
I’ve been blogging for over a decade now (I started blogging first on “Xanga” when I was 16 years old) and now I am 27 years old. I first personally started to blog because I wanted to share some of my ridiculous ideas and musings. My high school blog was pretty bullshit— it was me ranting and raving about random high school drama.
I posted consistently everyday to keep myself motivated, and also to share all of the photos I was proud of. When I was 20, I was frustrated because there wasn’t any websites on how to shoot street photography.
Anyways, I started the blog out of a hobby and a pure love for the genre of street photography. Monday were for practical street photography “tips.” Wednesdays were for featured photographers. I would say that it was a bit stressful at times— I would wake up super-early on those days, or sometimes I would stay up late to get those posts out. However at the same time now looking back— I don’t think you should ever force yourself to blog. The only thing I admire (now) in bloggers (any bloggers, whether tech, photography, or general) is their longevity. What do I mean by “passion?” I mean the fire that burns within your soul— that drives you to live, to love, and to share your wisdom with others.
I think the wrong question is to ask yourself, “What will I do with the money.” The right question is what will you do with your time.
I have been asking this question a lot to my friends and family, and have been very surprised what they told me. And that is damn depressing— when you’re in school (as a kid) you have so many dreams, ambitions, and passions. No matter your situation in life, you have unlimited opportunity and potential to do whatever the fuck you want. If you want to really travel the world— the question you want to ask yourself is, “How bad do I want it?” To be frank, you can travel the world on a shoestring (less than $500 a month) in Southeast Asia or India (if you stay in hostels and eat cheap street food). But I am starting to realize that you don’t need to do something rash and quit your job to live out your dreams.
The stoic philosophers have taught me that happiness isn’t getting everything you desire in life— but rather, how to best make the use of the life you already have. First of all, if you can afford it— please please please self-host your own photography blog (meaning you should pay for a monthly web server and your own website domain). Regardless of what you use, you are going to install the framework to your website server. They call WordPress a “CMS” (content management system)— meaning, it looks pretty as a user. In terms of themes, I recommend the “Genesis” WordPress framework— which is a paid premium blog template which makes customization (and themes) really clean, simple, and easy. First of all, once again— if you are in the west, you can afford a photography blog ($10 a month, about the price of 2 Starbucks coffees a month). Don’t install tons of side-widgets: (like a Twitter widget, social media widgets, email widget, etc).
Don’t enable comments: (the irony is that I found disabling comments gives me more motivation to blog. One of the most difficult things for me is to be inspired to come up with ideas to write about. Personally I have found out that when I write as self-therapy, or as a personal diary— I never run out of things to write.
I think the great thing about a blog is that it is like a public diary— you can share your progress in your photography over the years, and make that process transparent. For example, I have a good friend named Mark (he is the one I sent the Ricoh GR to)— and I am writing this article for him.
Furthermore, I would rather be extremely hated by 1,000’s of people (and have a few dozen people really like me) than have hundreds of “mildly interested” people (credit to Nassim Taleb).
Even now, even though I get roughly 15,000+ page views a day on this blog (7,000+ unique visitors a day), I feel like it is a small personal diary that I am writing for a few of my friends.
The more you try to “pander to the masses”— the more generic and uninteresting your writing will be. First of all, do “guest blog posts” — do a guest blog post for a popular photography blog that you frequent.
Another great blogging pro-tip; don’t install “productivity” apps to your smartphone, everyday try to uninstall one app. An example: I turn off my smartphone at 6pm, and keep it off until around noon the next day. Another thing that has helped— I no longer have email or any social media apps on my phone. Another thing I learned— 99% of the value of what I create is through a blog, and only 1% on social media. For example, recently I have been writing a lot of articles against GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)— because I’ve been tempted to buy new shit (I don’t need). Curiosity is one of the best drivers for research— and writing should be fun, exciting— and thrilling. One of the most difficult things is to find time to write; so here are some practical tips (I personally use).
Furthermore, rather than trying to add new plugins and other distractions— see how you can minimize distractions. I used to have social media buttons, but they ended up hurting me— when I wrote an article and didn’t get many likes, I felt disappointed and depressed. The biggest one; please please please don’t care about stats, page views, and other shit like that.
Also for your menu; try to keep it limited (I recommend having fewer than 5 links in your navigation). And please please please, you might get tempted (one day) to put Google Adwords on your site (I have tried this in the past)— but they make your site ugly. But the ultimate rule to blogging, advertising, and marketing; don’t do onto others as you don’t want others to do unto you. As you get more popular as a blogger— write things that are interesting, helpful, or practical. Even when it comes to sharing photos, ask yourself, “Is this photo boring?” If so, don’t share it publicly (you can still keep it for yourself, but remember a blog is still a public thing). So friend — this is just all my practical advice, tips, and lessons for blogging based on my 10 years of blogging.
I haven’t got all the details up yet, but you can stay updated when I have all the details and payment links on my street photography newsletter. I have no idea when I will die; but I don’t want my photos to die with me (on my hard drive).
I don’t see these photos as “belonging” to me— sure, I happened to shoot them, but I made them to share with you, society, and the rest of humankind.
I am currently re-reading “Antifragile” by Nassim Taleb— damn the book is so good (about my 7th time re-reading it; you can only tell how much you like a book based on how many times you re-read it). I am also taking Nassim Taleb’s advice— I am trying not to read e-books on a Kindle or e-reader. A lot of my shooting has been of the “Cindy Project” (photos of Cindy eating breakfast, working on the straps, as well as her rolling around in bed in the morning). I also have realized that I love the fully-manual control of the Leica— it is pure simplicity. The only barrier has been the cost of film, which honestly, is not that much (I shoot a lot less on film than on digital)— and if I really can no longer afford to get film processed and scanned by a third party (I do this to save time, because I value my time more than my money), I can always process and scan it myself.
I’ve been trying to reduce my coffee intake, but honestly— fuck it, it helps me be more productive in terms of writing and being happy. Once you come up with one thriving business, it will be much easier to grow strong followings for your other businesses. If you decide that your idea is worth it, if you are willing to put in the work and effort, and if you do not care if people will criticize you, then start the business you have been thinking about. Did you enjoy this article?If you liked this article, then you will love my free eBook, 27 Simple Ways To Get More Blog Subscribers. I personally believe we indulge in business and chart a career out of it, since we love it intensely.
If we are in love with our work, we will not be afraid to get associated with them, anytime.
2011 has just started and we’ve all made New Year’s resolutions, perhaps you’ve been thinking about starting your own business, but for whatever reason that didn’t make it onto the list.
Starting a limited company would protect you from unwanted liability and allow you to take advantage of the tax free benefits offered by the limited company form – cutting down costs and increasing the money you could potentially earn through your business. No more 9-5 in someone else’s offices, no more long commutes, no more jumping through other people’s hoops. Carrying out a company formation allows you to start a business which is a separate legal entity from yourself.

This entry was posted in Company Formation and tagged 5 reasons to start a company, Business Startup, Company Formation on January 14, 2011 by michael.summers.
The Company Warehouse began working with Pavenet in 2013 when we completed their company formation for them. Our relationship with Spirit Journeys began when we completed a free company formation for them. Michelle Maffei is a freelance copywriter covering a variety of topics both online and in print, from parenting to beauty and more.
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When blogging, be selective about the information you post about your family and your children.
With all the things that you have to juggle just being a mom, you don't want a blog to add more stress to your life.
Now that you have something to say and somewhere to say it let the world know that you're ready to be read.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that things must be done in a productive manner otherwise they are a waste of time and resources.
Keeping in mind that by becoming a mother you have fulfilled the prerequisites, then you should share your expert opinion and insights that could help other ladies. Remember that, submitting one or two posts is not going to help and you would have to attract maximum traffic.
If you use real names, there is a high possibility that mothers will turn against you, considering that you do not care about the online predators.
The name of the blog should be easy and catchy as this plays a great role in increasing the traffic. Note that none of this is “truth” or “rules” — these are simply guidelines that I wish I knew when I started a photography blog.
All the young kids are now on Instagram and Snapchat— it is rare that young people make blogs anymore.
If you have something you really want to share with the rest of the world, and you don’t want to be a slave to a platform (ie. To be frank, blogging hasn’t changed much in these last 10 years (except the addition of new widgets, more powerful customization, and the conquering of Google of teh interwebz).
Funny enough, I went by the moniker “ekizz” (my friend Aaron made it up for me in middle school; a combination of “Eric” and “Kim”) and it was my other more confident, self-assured (and very rude) online persona. At the time I didn’t track “stats” and I never got any comments— I simply posted because I enjoyed the process. I remember the day that I changed my website title from “Eric Kim Photography” to “Eric Kim Street Photography.” I would say from that point I got really serious about street photography (at age 20). I always wanted to start a blog (specifically on street photography) since I knew that there were a lot of other people on the internet (like me) who wanted to learn the practical side of street photography— how to shoot without getting punched in the face, what to look for, technical settings, and how to compose better photos.
I wasn’t sure what platform to use— but it seemed at the time WordPress was a better option than Blogger (as I was able to self-host my own blog via the open-source platform). I woke up everyday about an hour before work (around 7:30am) and blogged for about an hour, before biking into work and starting my job at around 10am.
I blogged (more or less consistently for about 2 years+) every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday without fail (2010-2012). Sometimes it gave me anxiety not to share a post— because I knew that people were depending on me. Trust me, you will never make millions on just Google Adwords alone (unless you are the top .01% of websites on the internet). I think passion is something that you can’t really describe— you either have it or you don’t. Some of them told me that they would dedicate their lives to charity (helping impoverished children in developing countries).
Now if you have a family and kids— that is a different story (but then again, a lot of families grow up in poverty with 5+ kids, and somehow all their basic needs are met). Sometimes just a two-week travel abroad can change your perspective about life (often traveling is just you trying to escape the misery from your life— travel itself is not the goal). So if you’re born into poverty, don’t goad after the wealth of the rich— see what you can do within your limited needs to create art. It is very very easy to customize how your blog looks, performs, and there are tons of plugins and themes you can download. You are probably too stingy (I used to hate paying for online services, because I thought they should all be “free”).
He told me he was interested in starting his own photo blog— so Mark, this is all advice I want to give you (based on my experience). Not everything you write has to be grammatically correct (mine certainly isn’t)— nor does it need to be well-polished like in academia or in school. Blogging is just writing whatever the hell you want, and having some sort of forum to do so. I purposefully make it a point not to edit my thoughts too much— because at the end of the day, the blog is your own playground. Sure once again, the grammar won’t be very good, but people will get the gist of what you are trying to say. My suggestion: write the article, attach 5 photos, and email the finished product to the editor of the blog and tell them that they can use the article for free on their site— and just to have them link to your blog.
Similarly, all of the “lessons from the masters” articles were based on my own curiosity— I only wrote about photographers I was personally interested in, rather than what others told me to write. I also recommend not reading photography theory books (most of them are written by nerdy wanna-be photography critics and curators who don’t make good photos).
In the past I used to force myself to write— but once again, this is a recipe for disaster.
I am happy to share with you all these lessons I’ve personally learned about blogging (from practice and the ‘real word’) — rather than some obscure theory written from some boring book on social media (written by someone who doesn’t even have a lot of followers online). Rather than trying to find the perfect “productivity app” — find the bare minimum necessary to write (I personally use “IA Writer” on the Mac in full-screen, in the ‘focused typing mode’) so I don’t get distracted. But it is easier to kill appointments and distractions (then naturally you will have more “white space” in your day to write).
Now I no longer have social media “like” buttons— I write what I feel like, without worrying or caring about what others might think. And don’t put on those pop-up banners and stuff, it is just rude to the viewer (I hate it when this happens to me).
If you personally don’t use adblock, you don’t mind advertisements, put Google ads on your site as you wish. I am still learning, and none of these are “rules” — just tips I wish I knew when I started blogging. It is all free and “open-source” — meaning you can do whatever the hell you want with them.
I currently have Kodak Tri-X 400 film in the camera, and plan on pushing it just one stop (to ISO 800)— because it can help me save money. I also have about 50 rolls of Kodak Portra 400 that I will probably drop off soon (super excited to see what is in it, I don’t even remember when I shot it— I discovered the film in the trunk of the Prius when visiting Cindy’s family in LA). I like how with black and white, it is minimalism in the ultimate form— no colors to distract.
While it does involve less money and large amounts of your time in the beginning, managing a business gradually becomes easier, and more revenue comes in.
Once you already have a fan base, you will be able to get more new and returning customers when you create another business. You will have to build a team around your business, and that is fine, because no individual can manage an entire business on their own.
We are obsessed with what we do, like trading time, services or products in what we are comfortable with and in those we want to get associated with, we can be in business successfully and repeatedly only when we love them.
Doing what we love reduces the fear factor because we begin our businesses at a comfortable state of mind. Founded in 2014 by two snow sports enthusiasts, Ski-hub has worked closely with The Company Warehouse on the everyday running of their business and the improvement of their online presence. Pavenet is an expert civil engineering company that wished to establish themselves as a leading construction management company. Spirit Journeys specialises in providing customers with a range of specialist holidays in coveted destinations around the globe.
Choose a subject that you will stay motivated to write about, that you would like to discuss with others, and that you enjoy researching.
No personal information, like addresses or the schools your kids attend, should be included in your public blog. So, blog when you can, like when your little one is napping, and be sure that you don't neglect your loyal readers with long gaps between postings.
Exchange links with other bloggers, submit to blog directories, join a blogging community or share through social media, like Facebook or Digg.
Of course, doing unusual things require time and one has to get familiar with things to run them smoothly. You can also take help from the internet as searching and reviewing the names of similar blogs will assist you.
I will share some tips, pieces of advice, and lessons which can help you practically when starting a photography blog.
When I was 18, my mom got me my first point-and-shoot digital camera (Canon powershot) and I wanted to somehow share the photos with the world.
So a lot of my personal learning was based on trial-and-error, and many of the lessons I learned were from my close photography friends. Thank God I did this— because now Google has (more or less) deserted Blogger, and WordPress has taken over the world.

I would say this is how I was able to build up my audience, as they knew that there would always be new posts available then.
I would treat it as a personal playground— for you to share photos, ideas, links, and other random musings. I believe it is a product of the environment in which you grew up in (I read a shitload of books as a kid, those 1000+ page Star Wars tomes when I was 10 years old) and writing was always an enjoyable activity (I always liked my English classes). You are no longer told to imagine, dream, be creative, be yourself, be unique, and change the world— you are told to shut up, sit down, listen to the teacher, pass your exams, get into a good college, get a good job, buy a nice car, a 3-bedroom house in the suburbs, start a family, go to church every Sunday, save enough for retirement, send your kids to private school, retire when you are 65, travel the world, then die. An email is instantly deliverable— and will be guaranteed (more or less) to enter the inbox of your follower. But once again, if you use online products which are free— you are the product (meaning, the company owns your content, sells your personal data to third-party companies, and they have the power to change their platform whenever they would like). If I blog something which I thought was great and get 0 comments, it depresses me and dismotivates me to post again).
Also try not to edit while you’re writing, or else you will lose your stream-of-consciousness. This is a great strategy— it is “free content” for the popular blog, and it will also drive people back to your blog.
Can you imagine going to your favorite coffee shop and one day they suddenly don’t have any coffee? Read random books like literature, history, psychology, or philosophy— and make novel ideas and connect them to photography. And when I’m reading these books, I might come up with a random blog post idea— and I will furiously write it down in Evernote or in a notebook (whatever is more convenient). Kill your bad ideas; and if you can even come up with one meaningful thing to write about everyday, you are money.
You never know when you will be “inspired” to write— whether it is early in the morning, in the afternoon, after a strong coffee (3pm), or in the evening (sitting at a cafe, waiting for your partner to finish some doctor appointment). Another thing that has helped me (when I am severely distracted) is the “” app— it literally shuts off your internet for a pre-determined period of time, and you cannot disable it once you’ve turned it on (even if you restart your computer). Dre’s new “Compton” album probably 50 times the last two months, and have gotten a crapload of writing done. I always get my writing done in busy coffeeshops (not Starbucks)— but local places (I am currently writing these lines at Philz coffee in Berkeley on Gilman, which is near my house). Fewer options means less “decision fatigue” for your reader— so only show your most important pages. I was previously using a yellow filter (adds contrast), but will stop using it for now (I lose a stop of light).
After testing all these digital cameras, I hate fucking around in the menus— and once again, all digital cameras are like iPhones— they will eventually be outdated in about 2 years, and I will have another “GAS” experience of wanting to buy something new. It is still cheaper than buying a car, buying a high-end Canon 5D Mark III system (and cheaper than a digital Leica, which will get outdated in 3 years).
Starting could mean you being able to earn a full-time income while working at your own hours and vacationing all around the world.
Instead of playing it safe and getting paid to be employed, starting means putting the money aside to start something new that could bring in a lot of money later on. No longer will you be spending all your time lining someone else’s pockets, your hard work will pay off and you’ll be able to reap the financial rewards. Usually company formation is completed on the same day and best of all our service is completely FREE! Another book to consider is The Digital Mom Handbook: How to Blog, Vlog, Tweet, and Facebook Your Way to a Dream Career at Home, by Audrey McClelland and Colleen Padilla. You could be giving other moms out there peace of mind that they're not the only ones feeling the way they do. Nothing is great than the freedom of expression, especially when it is valuable and you are able to take suggestions. At that time, Facebook didn’t exist, and there wasn’t an easy way to share images at the time. In this fact, I just got lucky— and I am also glad that I self-hosted my own blog (meaning I installed their blogging software on my own website server, which gave me 100% control over my content, and also gave me the power to customize my own site as I saw fit).
During my lunch hours, I would brainstorm ideas for new articles (and sometimes wrote for 30 minutes with my little netbook at the local Starbucks) when I had a good idea. My first blog posts weren’t about street photography, but just random snapshots of me and Cindy eating deep-fried cheese curds in Wisconsin.
Not only that, but my Dad had a love of film (I watched a lot of classic avant-garde films growing up; I remember watching ‘Schindler’s list’ when I was 11 years old) — perhaps this informed my photographic vision.
Others told me that they would work as animation artists (or travel the world and take photos). I personally recommend a Ricoh GR II to anyone who wants a more “serious” camera for street photography (it is a point-and-shoot digital camera with an APS-C sensor that costs $550) — and fortunately most of us with “full-time jobs” can afford it). You try to “game” the system of Flickr by trying to get on “Explore” (by adding a ton of tags, and uploading at the right time).
Also another ironic thing— the less pressure I put on myself to write, the more likely I am to write. You are constantly in “defensive” mode, and helping others— rather than helping yourself (writing and reading). You begin to despise writing— you write out of a sense of obligation, rather than writing because you enjoy it.
When I was working on my “82 Lessons from the Masters of Street Photography” book, and I could not afford any distractions, I would disable my internet for 8 hours at a time (I would write straight from 6am until the early-afternoon). I also recommend using some external music player (I am using an iPod nano), so you don’t get distracted by your smartphone (playing music on your smartphone leads you to opening up other distracting apps). I have my headphones plugged in, a good coffee buzz, and the words seem to just flow from my fingertips. I personally have a small adrenaline rush overtime I load my inbox, and then I suddenly get distracted from my writing and creative work.
I personally feel that execution and just doing it is more important than getting all the details perfect.
Sure books are heavy (I have the hardcover of “Antifragile”) but the reading experience is so much nicer— I love the texture of the paper, ability to write in it, and I have been writing personal notes in a small notebook.
I have a nice peace-of-mind to know that my film Leica MP will be still functioning when I am 90 years old— and I hope to one day give it to my grandchildren (and they can give it to their grandchildren). Being your own boss would give you the freedom to follow your dream, do what you really love and do things your way. Become the next Internet sensation -- or just keep your sanity in check -- with these tips on how to start your own mom blog.
Both books offer tips on everything from getting started to staying motivated to actually making money from your blog.
So the “photoblog” platform (essentially an online gallery where you can post photos on a daily basis) was the only way to do it.
So quick lesson of the story; if you can afford it, don’t use free services (otherwise you relinquish control of your content).
When I got home after work, I would sometimes answer emails on my street photography-related blog email, and use that time to upload photos from other photographers, to share their images on the blog.
Tim Ferriss has already made a shitload of money from investing in internet companies— and he only blogs and makes podcasts to help empower others. You try to “game” Instagram by getting more followers by mass-following a ton of people, and hoping that they “follow back.” For Facebook, not all the photos you upload are seen by everybody (they are filtered by what Facebook thinks is relevant). Email has been around the longest, is the most stable, and still is (unfortunately) the “least bad” way to communicate online. Writing, photography, and creative work should be “active leisure” — that brings you joy and happiness. And holy shit— you will be amazed how focused and undistracted you will be without an internet connection. But if you have your weekends off, be a bit of a selfish asshole (and don’t make any appointments with friends)— and be selfish with your writing. I personally haven’t checked my stats (except twice) in the last 2 years— and my God, it has given me so much peace of mind. I personally find that the process of writing, creating, and blogging is actually more fun than looking back at old posts.
It will never be outdated (like a classic Porsche), and it is really the “end of the line” and the best film rangefinder money could possibly buy.
Apparently my uncle was a professional photographer, and my grandfather was really into photography. And if you are like me, you probably compulsively check your email every 30 seconds or 2 minutes.
But once again, if your job depends on checking your email every 5 minutes, that is different— but if you have an occupation which isn’t dependent on email, try to stay off email as much as possible.
It is kind of like owning stocks, apparently it isn’t good to check your stock prices everyday— or else you will feel like shit (I traded some stock on college, and I can attest to this).
I feel the blog is in constant flux— I am no longer the same human being (I curse more, am more reflective, more consumerist, more mindful, have more experience) and if I saw my 18-year-old self again, I would slap myself upside the head and give myself some (very important) life lessons. Oh yeah and my Dad was really into reading and the English language— he was the first of his entire family to immigrate to the states (and I learned later he was very well-read in Nietzsche and other classic philosophers). Remember; before trying to water the gardens of others, you need to tend to your own garden. And on the weekends, please please please don’t check your work email on your phone (if you have a job that doesn’t require you tend to your email every minute, uninstall your email from your phone— and don’t worry, if someone dies they will actually give you a phone call, not an email).

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