Photobloggling 'etiquette'

November 13, 2006

If you currently maintain a photoblog or are planning to create one, please keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • You should have a thumbnailed archives page. Do you really think we want to look at a list of your photos' titles? When you're on someone else's site, do you find yourself reading through text lists and saying, "Hrm, what an interesting title for a photograph, I think I'll click on that one"? Didn't think so.
  • The current picture should always link to the previous picture. I absolutely can't stand it when this isn't implemented [correctly]. You are left to search around for cutesy little arrows (or whatever) that are next-to-impossible to click on and change position depending on the dimensions of the current picture. Why?
  • Your RSS feed (yes, you have to provide a feed) should contain a thumbnail of the latest image. Artsy-fartsy titles won't cut it.
  • Your pictures should be at least 500 pixels wide. Why make them smaller? Seriously, why? Are you hurting for storage space in 2006? I doubt it.

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