There's a movement on the Internet, and it’s been around for a while now with momentum building every day. It's called photoblogging. A photoblog, quite simply, is a chronological log of photography; a weblog, where the emphasis is on a photographic image, rather than text.
There are literally thousands of active photoblogs on the web right now, most updated daily by photographers from all around the world. The photographers themselves vary from the amateur to the professional, from the film purist to the user of the latest in digital technology. But they all share the same thing: a passion for photography.
Several online communities have emerged, serving this growing phenomenon. Sites such as Photoblogs.org, Photoblog-community.com, and Coolphotoblogs.com all offer photographers a place to list their sites, share images, communicate with each other, and generate traffic to their photoblogs.
Most photoblogs are powered by a content management system, or web host, for example: Expressions or Pixel Post. These services provide photobloggers with the software they need to build their blogs. They offer various templates, assistance in building, and community to expand, share, and grow the photoblogs.
Many photoblogs allow for comments to be made on each image. This act of commenting is what helps to build a small of community of photographers, who offer encouragement and critique to one another. Although many of the comments can become redundantly polite, some can offer constructive criticism, or may also take the form of a viewer's question to find out more about the photograph.
This growing community of photographers and their blogs is as unique and diverse as each image itself. As a place where the photographer can display images, receive feedback, and share one's vision with the world, the photoblog has become the gallery of the 21st Century, and with each day, a new opening.
This article is the first in the series: Photobloggers Exposed, where, in each edition, two to three photobloggers will be profiled. Stay tuned for more…