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How to ID Your Pics for Use on Pinterest {In the Dark Room}

How to ID your pics for use on Pinterest {Living Outside the Stacks}Are you on Pinterest? Do you encourage people to pin your recipes? If you answered yes to those questions, you need to make sure that you’re:

  1. Protecting your images
  2. Identifying your images

And by following a couple of easy steps, you can make sure that your pictures are properly identified for use on Pinterest.

How to ID your pics for use on Pinterest {Living Outside the Stacks}

When you take a picture, it’s assigned a file number. That file number is not useful for anyone except for you. And, unless you change the file number to something informative, whenever someone pins a picture directly from your blog, the file number is what shows up in the description on Pinterest.

You want them to see what the pin is about. You want to be the one to describe your pin, after all, you wrote it and you know how best to market it.

So, how do you fix it? Follow the steps below:

Step 1

How to ID your pics for use on Pinterest {Living Outside the Stacks}After you’ve finished editing your photo, the first thing you want to do is change the name when you save it. I always change the name to the name of the post with the name of my blog in those pretty little brackets. For the most part, I’ll leave the file number and add the title when I’m saving for my own records.

Step 2

How to ID your pics for use on Pinterest {Living Outside the Stacks}When you insert your photo into your blog post, use the ALT TEXT and DESCRIPTION boxes to further identify your photo. If you like, you can use the DESCRIPTION box to give a little synopsis of your blog post. I use it to ID the title of my blog along with the name of my blog.

Remember, this is the information that’s going to show up when someone pins your photo, so you want to make sure that everything points back to you. Furthermore, it identifies you as the creator of the photo and the post.

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You did the work, keep the credit.

Do you have any additional tips for protecting your images? How about for making them Pinterest friendly?
Daenel T

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Ten Things I Love About Fall {In the Cafe}

Things I Love About Fall {Living Outside the Stacks}

10. Hot apple cider

9. Autumn displays ~ Missouri and Pennsylvania have the most beautiful Fall weather, from the falling leaves to the deep blue skies, nothing is more indicative of the hand of God at work.

8. Heated seats ~ A warm bum. Need I say more?

7. Return to school ~ I enjoy the arrival of the students back on campus. After a quiet summer, the buzz of student activity is refreshing.

6. Boots and socks ~ Can you think of a better cool weather fashion statement for the feet?

5. My favorite TV shows ~ The Walking Dead has given my television viewing new, ahem, life.

4. Big ol’ bowls of soup ~ Have you checked out my Pinterest board? I plan to add every one of those chowders, soups, and stews to the rotation.

3. Comfy sweater ~ It may be because I’m a librarian or because I’m cold blooded, but there’s little better than wrapping up in a cozy sweater.

2. Saturated colors ~ I love the deep rich colors that become so prevalent as the weather grows cooler.

1. Coffee ~ I big puffy heart coffee just about any time but sitting on the front porch with the hubs chatting over a cup of coffee makes my life.

Are you Fall person? What do you love about Fall?


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31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {In the Dark Room}

I’ve decided to join my friend, Beatrice Clay, for a photography challenge called “31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories: My Favorite Things“. Each day, she provides a prompt and we interpret it however we wish. The catch is that we must tell a story in six words with each photograph. Fun, right?

8. Recent Purchase

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Very weird items decorate my home.

9. Sound

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I love the sound of family.

10. Book

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Never forget. Made my heart ache.

11. Word

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {In the Dark Room}

Thanking God; every day’s a gift.

12. View

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {In the Dark Room}

Nothing compares to God’s original art.

13. Writing Utensil

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Best pen ever; order in bulk.

14. Fruit

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Snack of choice while pregnant… Huh? Weird.

If you’d like to follow along, I’m posting my pictures on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’re out there give me a yell, so I can follow you.

Now it’s your turn, tell me something about you or your favorite thing in six words.

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31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {In the Dark Room}

I’ve decided to join my friend, Beatrice Clay, for a photography challenge called “31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories: My Favorite Things“. Each day, she provides a prompt and we interpret it however we wish. The catch is that we must tell a story in six words with each photograph. Fun, right?

1. Self Portrait

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {Living Outside the Stacks}

Favorite moment is that first sip.

2. Color

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {Living Outside the Stacks}

Look at the rainbow cloud! So pretty.

3. Food

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Donuts: sweet goodness. Makes me smile.

4. Shoes

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {Living Outside the Stacks}

I run for God, by grace.

5. Person

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {Living Outside the Stacks}

Nothing’s ordinary, each day’s a gift.

6. Jewelry

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {Living Outside the Stacks}

Vintage inspired ring, so romantic.

7. Past Time

31 Days 31 Photos 31 Stories {Living Outside the Stacks}

My handmade afghan warms my heart.

If you’d like to follow along, I’m posting my pictures on Instagram and Pinterest. If you’re out there give me a yell, so I can follow you.

Now it’s your turn, tell me something about you or your favorite thing in six words.

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6 Tips for Making Your Blog More Appealing to Companies {In the Cafe}

6 Tips for Making Your Blog More Appealing to Companies {Living Outside the Stacks}When I first started blogging, many moons ago {over at Curious Child’s Library Wanderings}, I never imagined that blogging would become what it is today: big business for bloggers and companies alike. Back then, I just saw it as a way for me to connect with other librarians, you know, a way to learn and share. Then I started blogging here and that all changed. Blogging was still a way for me to connect {but with a wider and more varied audience}, but it also became a way for me to make a little side money and try new products.

Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a few companies as a brand ambassador, and through those experiences I’ve learned a few things about connecting with brands and what keeps them coming back. I can’t promise that these tips are going to push your blog into the “pay the mortgage” category, but I can promise that these tips will help your blog look a little more appealing to companies that’re looking to connect with bloggers:

  1. BRAND YOURSELF ~  Think about it, you have a blog and you’re on Facebook, Instagram, PinterestTwitter,  etc.,  so use that to your advantage. Try to be consistent with your avatar, bio, username, etc. so that people/companies know they have the right person.
  2. MARKET YOURSELF ~  You are your best advertisement.  For example, I’m a big coffee drinker so I had a travel mug made by Designhergals.com that has my image as well as the name of my blog on it.  You wouldn’t believe how many people ask about the mug and about my blog. Buy some business cards and keep them on you at all times. Don’t be shy about handing them out. If you’re an athlete, have workout gear made with your logo on it and wear it to the gym or while running the track. I’ve seen Lorraine from Run Wifey Run wear a couple of cute tees with her logo on them on her blog.
  3. PROOF READ YOUR POSTS ~  When you’re representing a company, you want to put your best foot forward.  All blogging platforms come equipped with spell check, use it. I know there are times when we’ll skip a word or get the punctuation wrong, but if your post is full of errors, it’s a turn off. Don’t be afraid to come back and edit, even after you’ve hit “Publish”.
  4. BE AUTHENTIC ~  I find that the blogs that draw me in are not just the ones that pimp products but the ones that share something about the blogger themselves.  Give your readers a reason to trust you. For example, I like that Chandra from A Stylish Little Lady doesn’t just write generic posts about different Etsy shops, but she tells why she likes the artist. She writes about how she’s incorporated the jewelry, the art, the pottery, or what have you into her surroundings. She also shares bits and pieces of her life with her readers. This builds trust.
  5. BE BOLD ~  If you want to represent a company, contact them and ask.  The worst they can say is “No”, right? Let companies know what they can get for their money. Show them examples of how you’ll use your social media influence to connect their product with your followers. If you really like a product, tag the company and let them know you’re talking about them.
  6. HAVE FUN ~  Whether you make pocket change or enough to finance a mortgage, you want to have fun.  Blogging takes a lot of time and plenty of effort and if it stops being fun, you may need to take a step back for a bit. Katie at Creole Wisdom does a wonderful job of blending beautiful photography, fun experiences, and  authenticity with thought provoking posts, creative DIYs, and interesting reading suggestions. This girl has made me want to leave Missouri and visit Minnesota, y’all, and I’m not a cold weather chick.

Do you have any tips to add?

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