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posterous-mediumHere at MakeUseOf we love to talk about free things. We also like to talk about making things easier to do. When we find something that is both free AND easy, we start to get excited! In this article I would like to take a task like making your own personal photo blog and show you a dead simple way to do it!  The answer?  Posterous.

I don’t remember the first time I heard about Posterous but I think I fell upon a quick post by Darren from ProBlogger on the MarketingNow Posterous blog about the slideshow from his talk.  When I found it, I fell in love with the idea!


What I noticed was that all of these people were able to post to the blog in real time from the conference!  Posterous, doing what it does, allowed them all to send quick posts out via email, even including things such as pictures, sounds, videos and slides!  It was as easy as attaching files to the email!

Here are a few articles on MakeUseOf so far about how to use Posterous:

This article is how to make use of Posterous in your quest to easily create and update a personal photo blog.  So let’s look at four tips (or tricks) Posterous allows us to do in order to make photo blogging easier.


1.  Send Multiple Photos At Once


Even though most email providers only allow 10 megs for an email attachment, if you play your cards right by sending low enough resolution photos, you can send multiple pictures in one email.  The cool part is that if you do this, Posterous will automatically make them into a slide show with links to download either individual pictures or all of them (you can change the settings so that downloading is not possible, it’s up to you).

2.  Set Up A Group Blog


If you checked out the link above to the Marketing Now conference’s Posterous blog, you’ll notice that the articles are sent by more than one person.  Many of the people in attendance were able to blog real time during the conference directly to the same Posterous blog.  That is one of the beauties of Posterous!  Group collaboration can make a very interesting photo blog.

You can also do neat things like start a family site specifically for sharing photos with each other.  All of this can be done by sending invites to people you want as contributors.

3.  Set Up A Private Personal Photo Blog


If you like the idea of starting a photo blog for family members, but you don’t like the idea of sharing all of these personal photos and names with the whole world, Posterous has another nifty trick up its sleeve.  It is dead simple to go into the settings and set a password for accessing the blog.  Pick a good password, share it only with those people you want to see the blog, and you’ve now got a private family photo site.

4.  Photo Blog Via SMS With A Camera Phone


In my post on my personal blog about using SMS with Google Apps I mention the ability to send text messages to email addresses.  This tip comes in handy when photo blogging with Posterous (check out Aibek’s post on sending email to cell phones How To Send Email To Any Cell Phone (for Free) How To Send Email To Any Cell Phone (for Free) Read More to help you find out what email address to set up with your Posterous blog).  What I started was a corny little photo blog solely from my camera phone via SMS!  It doesn’t really have a topic, it’s more of a test to see how that kind of photo blog would turn out.  Try it for yourself.

In fact, you could set up multiple Posterous blogs and send photos of specific topics to specific photo blogs.  Do whatever you want!

Jeffry has previously outlined another method of starting a photo blog – by using WordPress Build A Cool Photo Gallery Website from Wordpress Build A Cool Photo Gallery Website from Wordpress Read More .   Which method do you prefer to blog your pictures?   Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Ben
    January 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Where is the underground house in that picture at? (Either where in the world or where on the world wide web) I have 5 acres and a shovel and am pretty sure I need one of those.

    • Tim
      January 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

      I don't remember the exact URL with the photo slide show but a quick search at brings up several links to the home:

      • Ben
        January 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

        Thanks. I tried searching google and looked at your corny little photo blog. It never occurred to me to search the site featured in yur article. Doh!

        • Tim Lenahan
          January 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

          Yeah, I just shoot and post things I find interesting on my Posterous photo blog. No real rhyme or reason to the subjects:) I originally started it to see if I could text photos directly to my Posterous blog. Kinda fun!

    • mr. chopper
      February 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      You should check if you want to try and find out where a picture came from. It's totally free and is awesome. The end.

  2. Shrew
    January 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I personally love Tumblr. It can be just as simple as Posterous but you are free to take advantage of their other features as well. It also has more of a community feel to it. However, I used to have a Posterous account and love it! Great post. :)