Instagrammers and Photobloggers

A photoblog is a form of photo sharing and publishing in the format of a blog. It differs from a blog through the predominant use of and focus on photographs rather than text. ~wikipedia
I had an interesting chat with an older gentleman today. When he asked me what I was taking pictures for, I just responded by saying I was a photoblogger. He caught me off guard when he asked, “like that Instagram?”. I could only answer with a yes. I haven’t really thought much about comparing Instagram to actual photoblogging. I maintained a photoblog for a long time but now I just primarily consider my Flickr and Ello my go to photoblog platforms. Yeah, Instagram is a very good place for Photobloggers.

Photographers just want their work seen.

For as long as I’ve been a photographer, I’ve been looking for a way to get my images viewed. In the old days, before social media, a nobody photographer had a difficult time getting eyeballs on their work. All through the 90s, the only people who saw my work were my friends and family. If I wanted to see work from other photographers, I could go out buy a bunch of photography and art magazines and go to galleries. That is where I always wanted my work to be seen. It was an interesting time for photographers. Trying to get your work out there was a lot of work. I tried getting prints hung at coffee shops back in the 90s, but my work just wasn’t very good.

This internet thing seems promising.

I got my first home computer, and I bought a CanoScan film scanner and I was ready. Like many other photographers, I wanted a place on the internet. There weren’t a lot of platforms to post work, but there were a couple of good sites starting to gain traction. PhotoNet was my spot for a long time. Then I discovered Flickr in 2006 and I was on Tumblr for a while, I liked it but I never had a lot of followers so I never really gained any traction. I had a lot of overlap on the platforms I was using.

My favorite platform was PixelPost. I had to install it on a server (I had my very own server at home for a while). I’ve tried many photoblogging platforms over the years and PixelPost was my favorite. When it was time to put a portfolio site, I settled on WordPress. I still kept my PixelPost photoblog on a sub-domain. The internet has changed so fast and technology advancing so quickly. It gets difficult to keep up, but I still want to photoblog.

What now?

The internet is everywhere and Instagram, and EyeEm are viable platforms for photobloggers. I know that most people consider Instagram a cesspool of self-indulged selfie-photographers. There is a lot more there. The mobile platform was ahead of its time when it debuted. Instagram really does work like a traditional photo blog aggregator, but it’s in the palm of your hand. I know it started out as a mobile-photo sharing application, but it had grown into so much more. There are a lot of businesses using the platform, and it works for a lot of different things. There are a lot of really brilliant photographers, but a lot of those photographers are there for self promotion, not social networking. There is a fair amount of social networking, but there is also a lot of room for art-discovery. If you know how to look, there is a lot of worthwhile photography.

Here are a few photoblogs that I have been following a long time.

Joseph Holmes
Daily Dose of Imagery
I Shoot Film

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