Here 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:
- 6 Cool Tips To Get More Out Of Posterous
- 5 Popular Sites That You Can Update via Email from Your Mobile (not specifically about just Posterous but appears on the list mentioning the file types you can email-post)
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 sending email to cell phones 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.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
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. Which method do you prefer to blog your pictures? Let us know in the comments.