Blogging Basics~ Great Photos


There are blog posts and then there are POSTS THAT POP.

With so much going on this summer I fell behind in getting the great photos transferred from camera to blog.

I discovered some handy tools to help me “spice things up”.

I took a photo and used each of the following to show a bit about what they can do for YOU.

Foter- Photo Editor. (Click to left to go to site)  This site runs from the internet and lets you import your photo from dropbox, your computer, flickr and other sources on the web. Then you can re-size, edit, crop, enhance color, add text and add some fun features for Logo design.  Send it immediately to Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter!  I love that it is also available for mobile apps.

Tired of all of your photos being digital? This app lets you PRINT ACTUAL COPIES- on your own computer or through CanvasPOP (order them on canvas for instant artwork!)

  1. PicMonkey
    I’ve been using PicMonkey in the past and love its ease of use, but have had to upgrade to a fee based version. I am not too keen on the idea that when I forward those photos to others there is an advertorial for Pic Monkey before they open it. It has been my go-to until I found Fotor.   I used the same photo above and edited it in PicMonkey to come up with this: cropped-framedgirlfriendsapa.jpg
  2. Instacollage
    This is a free app and easy to use for those wanting to do something quickly from your iphone that creatively mends your photos together. There is a version on Facebook that lets you collage pics from there as well and with VIDEO being the way to go recently, you can get your feet wet at this site.
  3. Picasa
    Not only is this Google’s image system, but it also provides a storage backup version for those with lots of images. You can keep them private or share with your google account. It also has editing tools as well as collage options.
  4. Photovisi
    The ones above look too complicated? This is a great place for beginners!
  5. Photocat (free) This is another one that is simple and fun. A kid can learn on their phone how to edit photos and share. Icons are kid friendly and they can edit faces, make themselves skinny. It’s a beginning editors dream!photocat
  6. Befunky This one is free and makes collage photo creations FUN with a few more bells and whistles. This is the one to use if you want to do a GREAT Facebook Cover. (free)BeFunky_Fotor081813198.jpg The collage maker was a bit confusing but this was one of them: BeFunky_Fotor081813198collage.jpg
  7. PiZap This leads you to a site where there are a number of options from basic free collage that can be set to music to video creations and professional logo design.
  8. Picstitch This leads to the demo in the itunes preview. It is a great one for your phone. It is free but there are upcharges for frames and extra items.
  9. Ribbet (free) Ribbet is the next one I plan to test out. There is free cloud storage of your past work so you don’t have to download it to your hard drive. Great to know when you are like me with nearly 100,000 photos in your library.
  10. YOU share with us YOUR favorites!

Allison Adams

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA THE HAPPYMESS WAY


The past month I have been a part of the happYmess quest to get all of my media frenzy in order. I am a habitual blogger, website starter, facebook poster, frequent frenzy tweeter and Mitzi Jane Media has provided me with so much happYmess to explore that my head might just bust open!

MJM STRENGTH Social Media Conference for Small Business 
has been the facilitator for area experts in every genre of Social Media.

Follow her on Facebook to get highlights and find when the next conference will occur!

As for now, I am pecking away doing a bit of happYmess housekeeping. Here are a few of the baby steps I have achieved this week:

Began the happYmessLIFE BLOG (still in progress…thanks for checking in with me)

Began the happYmessLIFE facebook page

Made a notebook grid of all of my “identities” and sites that I have scattered across the world wide web with columns to connect the many emails to the entity with which they speak to one another. 

(YES I should simplify..but one of those email addresses I have had since I was in college…perhaps I am a virtual junkie!)

Updated my Linked In Account…sorry all of you who just use Linked In…I still don’t get it..perhaps because most of you are on the “morning cycle”. 

I have embraced my creative inner clock..thus Linked In is not working too well for me!

Pinterest…I have formed a happYmess pinterest account and plan to privitize my personal account in many areas….until the workshop I had no idea it was for followings…I thought I was using it to stash great ideas for me to use only!   Don’t be buying up the horses I have pinned! It is my goal to own a flock of them!  a herd of them….

I have updated my bloGSSSSSS….and thought long and hard about where to go from here. We’ll see about that.

I have updated my new website that I build myself…..which is FLASH so web crawlers do not find it…but it was easy…free  from WIX.com and I love the graphics.  SOOOOO..re-evaluating that.

www.allisonpadams.com

Please check it out and give me feedback!  It was a hair wrenching project where I had goals to finish it in my journal a year ago today!  I arrived at the conference and had my doors blown by the fact that WORDPRESS is THE way to go…by the way…it and blogger are in with GOOGLE. Thus the ease in searches.
WHO KNEW?  Wish I had a year ago! 

And TWITTER….wow…the value of the conference went through the roof when I learned about a little ap I can add to my phone and IPAD MINI to post and schedule tweets called  HOOTSuite! Thanks to Julie Brannon with TELP Media I have been humming the little lollypop song associated with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang all day….It is a life saver if you are a multiple personality media person like myself!

And THANK YOU to Rachel Callahan, blogger of graspingforobjectivity.com  and active blogger leader of alabamabloggers.com ,who made me feel like a creative spirit again instead of a whistle in a square business hole. The session before was the technical stuff I love to know but hate to do~ google analytics, search engine optimization.  She freed me to blog on what I love in random order, all with handy bars at the top so the reader can pick what they want instead of wading. She is still telling me that WordPress is the best way to achieve that. I’ll be sifting that through my brain after I get back from vacation next week. But so far….Wordpress keeps wrestling me to the ground!

Don’t get me wrong Jerry Brown (with InfoMedia), your information was invaluable….it just had my creative self in a tail-spin for a day or two. 

There happens to be ONE MORE SESSION!  

On Monday night, April 29 at 5:30 we will wrap up the month with Maximizing Your Online Productivity with Emily Lowery and the Top Ten Take Aways for Small Businesses with seminar maestro Mitzi Eaker.

IF YOU ARE CURIOUS, IT IS NOT TOO LATE….

Contact Mitzi at the link for MJM STRENGTH Conference to see how you can be a fly on the wall to catch the information buzzing out on 280!  She has a one time admission price under $40 bucks.

You won’t be disappointed! If for any other reason than to GET ON THE LIST TO SIGN UP FOR THE NEXT ONE~

Hoping to MAKE MORE SENSE TO MY FOLLOWERS (because you know I usually, truthfully just write for myself!)

 about music, writing, art, fashion fun, fluff! design ideas and all that my life leads me to! I love to share….I love to write….I was born to BLOG!

Thanks Mitzi for turning my sprinkler into a smooth flowing water hose…at least that is the GOAL 🙂

Blessings!

Allison Adams

This photo from MJM Social Media Conference by Mitzi Jane Media


this post is cross posted on www.happYmessLIFE.blogspot.com