OK, you’ve modified the design to your liking and you’re ready to start posting. Give a little thought to this, because if you have an email subscription service installed, ask yourself what would your subscribers want to read in the email they receive? If you are a business, you may want to limit your personal posts (or start another blog for family).
Your posts should be informative, educational, promote something, introduce something, announce an event – class – seminar, announce products added to your website, offer something free, feedback on a class you’ve taken, or convention attended. Share the information that YOU find interesting yourself. It doesn’t have to be long.
Images are always nice and if you don’t have an image of your own to use there are sources that you can use legally. Just because an image is on the internet does not mean it is copyright-free. There are websites that make content available to use on blogs. As always, READ the license. Sometimes simple attribution is not enough. If it is something special, ask nicely.
Google ‘flickr creative commons’ and take the time to read some of the licenses. It won’t take long and you will be well informed. If you are an artist, it’s often easier and better to use one of your own paintings, or even a snippet of one.
Next week we will discuss formatting your post and inserting images.