Every once in a blue moon while reading an article you unexpectedly come across a nugget of information that solves a big problem for you.
Recently, I started reading Patrick O’Keefe over at Managing Communities after seeing a post about him on a forum administrator’s community. The Managing Communities blog is great for anyone who manages communities. Of course Patrick, covers some of the basic stuff for newbies but I really like that he tries to tackle the not-so-cut-and-dry topics like the potential member troubles of merging two forums. Anyone can write about the technical aspect. No matter how daunting the merge may seem from a technical standpoint, it’s really the easy part. Integrating two communities is daunting from a member standpoint. I like his blog so much that I bought the book for my Kindle.
Anyway, this isn’t a review of the Managing Community Blog. Forgive me, I got a little side tracked. My point is Patrick posted about Pinrest’s disrespect for Flickr member copyrights. Which I agree on 100% BTW. During the past week or so I’ve seen no less than 50 articles come across various streams about Pinrest’s disrespect for copyrights. It got boring very fast. I was a split second away from just skipping the article in Google Reader.
Good thing I didn’t skip the article! Patrick dropped a golden nugget in the Pinrest post:
This blog is powered by WordPress and I use a plugin called Photo Dropper.
One sentence buried 12 paragraphs into the article changed the way I run my blogs. This is big! If I had just skipped over Pat’s post, I may never have known about Photo Dropper. Pictures and images capture attention. It’s imperative that bloggers add images to their posts. Lot’s of higher end custom themes even require a featured image be set or else the site doesn’t look very good.
The trouble is finding images is a pain unless you’re reviewing a product. Sure there are some stock image sites but the quality isn’t always there. There’s always Google Image search which lots of people do and I resorted to a few times but the fact of the matter is those images aren’t free for the taking. Emailing site owners for permission just takes too much time and you will find many times they don’t even have the rights to the image they’ve posted.
Photo Dropper fixes all this and I wouldn’t know about it if I’d just skipped over the “whining photographers” post.