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Adding Visuals to your Blog

Looking through the class blogs, I’ve noticed that a lot of posts are text only.

If you want to give your blog some visual spice, you’re going to want to add some images.  With the ubiquity of digital cameras, the best approach is to take your own photos.  If you have some design skills, you can use Illustrator or Photoshop to create your own unique graphics.

If you are not able to take your own photos – you may want to add some good looking professional images.  However, it is important to make sure that any image published on your blog is legal.

TentBlogger John Saddington has a very informative blog post called “The Complete Guide to Using Images in your Blog Posts” that you should read in its entirety.  It covers legal issues, royalty-free images, stock photography, finding “free” images, creative commons, and recommendations on image attribution and citation.  

Like this photo taken by Marie-Lan Nguyen, which I got from the Wikimedia Commons:

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Matthew Wilson

Matthew Wilson is an Instructor in Marketing at the University of Northern Iowa. Matthew teaches courses in Digital Advertising, Advertising Campaign Development, and Experiential Marketing. He is passionate about the Interactive Digital Studies program at UNI and is also the faculty advisor for AAF-UNI, the college chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Matthew is a creative director with 18 years of experience working in advertising, interactive design, video production and experience design.

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