I have been an avid user of Photoshop for years. I actually started way back in 2001 using photo editing software. Back then I used Jasc Paintshop. But within a few years, I had switched to Photoshop. I am glad that I knew my way around it once I started blogging. It is probably the number one tool in my arsenal of blogging weapons, and with that tool, the most convenient editing skill is knowing how to create presets in Photoshop.
In photography and videography, I find that a green screen is an essential backdrop to have on hand. It is right up there with the standard white, gray, and black backdrops. So, knowing how to make your own green screen can really come in handy. However, the products required to make a green screen can be very cost prohibitive, especially if you are just starting out and are on a very tight budget. And in my case, if you are a total DIYer who wants the most bang for the least buck.
Once upon a time, Pinterest had this lovely little follow button, located at the bottom of each pin, for viewers to use when they wanted to follow someone. In fact, Pinterest used to make a suggestion to the viewer on who to follow. But, over the years they have made several changes – some good, some not so much. One of those changes was to get rid of the follow button on pins. Now, if you want to follow someone, you have to click their profile. As a result, the daily increase in followers decreased for many. [sigh…] I was one of those people, and for almost two years, my follower count was stagnant. This is my story on how to break a Pinterest stall, or at least how I did it.
If you are anything like me, you rely on your iPhone to document a lot of important things in your life. Being a home improvement and DIY blogger, I find that my iPhone handles the brunt of the imagery. It’s just not that convenient to pull out all my gear while I am elbow deep in sawdust and paint. Therefore, snapping shots with my iPhone has really come in handy. Except, that is, when I need a wide-angle. No mater how far you zoom out, sometimes you just can’t capture everything. So, when I discovered how to take wide angled photos with an iPhone, I knew this was something that I wanted to share!
One of the first steps that you should take as a blogger is to create a clear and decisive comment policy. Back before I started this blog, I avoided all social media platforms like the plague. It sounds weird for someone who has a BBA with a concentration in information technology to say that. But, now that my job requires me to be active in social media, I am even more convinced than ever that it can be an emotional vacuum that sucks the very soul out of you.
Seriously, I am always amazed at how mean some people can be. I told myself going into this that I would need to develop a thick skin if I wanted to survive, but nothing can prepare you for some of the things that you may encounter. However, a good comment policy can help shield you and your viewers from the nay sayers and the Debbie downers.