Hallo to all of you. I’m Hazel and SO glad to be here with you today. Last week the Craft Storage Ideas contributors hosted a week of their favourite Flickr rooms and now I want to share a bit of extra info. Maybe it’s a bit of old school to most of you with Pinterest being the new flavour of the month but Flickr still has its merits. Let’s start at the very beginning. You know the feeling when you come up with a bright idea or a beautiful project and you just want to show everyone?? Most of the time I craft alone and as I share my home with 3 men, the chances are sub zero that I would get any appreciation for my efforts from that source. So, this is how I’ve progressed into sharing my projects and making Blogland friends.
For years I’ve kept a notebook. I added pictures and a short description of what I did. It worked well but the problem is, you still want to share your “brag book” with someone and if you do, you have to explain what you did, why you did it etc. etc. etc – just too much hassle. Adding printed pictures took time and could become a costly exercise if you don’t print at home (like me). So, one morning I got up and decided that I don’t want to is electronic media retarded any more. I joined a Photoshop course, bought half a decent camera and embarked on a new journey.
First came a Flickr account. You upload your pictures, add a short / lengthy explanation and paste your efforts onto group boards that you love. You can also pin from here, use the link to submit to a competition / challenge / comment and best of all …………………………….. you can receive comments and recognition from fellow crafters and groups “out there”. It’s easy, cheap, doesn’t take as much time as blogging and you can decide where you want to link to. I’m not an expert on this but it seems that the big advantage in Flickr is that you can decide where to link you photo but in Pinterest the pinner has the power to link what he/she likes.
I love to follow people and groups on Flickr. If I like one project, most of the time I love the other stuff in that Photostream and end up” flicking” through all the projects for inspiration. You can also check back to the original contributor if you follow a group. That way you end up with another Photostream that takes your fancy.
In all honesty, I can tell you that I don’t feel behind when it comes to electronic media anymore. I know that there is a lot out there that I still don’t know but for now, I’m happy. Yes, I’m on Pinterest, Facebook, Etsy, Instagram and I blog but if I take everything into consideration Flickr is the quickest and cheapest option to “get out there”.
At the end of all my posts I always invite you to leave comments / hop over to my blog and contact me there because I love to see what you think and do. You can still do that but today I would like to invite you to link your projects to our Flickr group. Did you hear that????? Craft Storage Ideas now has it’s very own Flickr group and we did it because we want to share in your fun. Not only will we see what you do but it will enable us to use some of your great ideas in our blog posts and to pin it onto our Pinterest boards. Come on, PLEASE link up!!
We’ve even added a button over on the right sidebar ———> to make it easier to link over!
That’s it. I’m off to link some more projects to the new group and watch out ……………….. there might be a new discussion over there. Don’t miss out. See you over there.
PS. For those of you new to Flickr, here is a bit of handy info. And no, I didn’t do it all by myself. I got hold of a very useful post here and just shortened it to the bits that I use. For the Flickr pro’s – just skip this part.
Flickr is a popular photo-sharing and hosting service with advanced and powerful features. It supports an active and engaged community where people share and explore each other’s photos. You can share and host hundreds of your own pictures on Flickr without paying a dime. There’s also a pro service that gets you unlimited storage and sharing for a few bucks a month, making it one of the cheapest hosting sites around.
To upload your pictures – there is an app available where you can right click on a picture and it miraculously pops onto your Flickr photostream but you can also go the manual way – here you can upload up to 6 individual pictures at a time.
Once your photos have been uploaded, you don’t need to rely on titles or folders to sort them, as you do with most other sharing sites. Instead you use tags: short identifiers you can later use to categorize and search for photos. Flickr lets you add up to 75 tags to each picture. (Just a tip: If you have a multiword tag such as “Tree House,” put quotations around it, otherwise it will get split into two different tags.) Once your pictures are uploaded and tagged you can sort them into sets. Sets are like different albums in Flickr.
And now for the best part: Flickr is all about sharing. The reason it has tagging and notating features is so other people can find and make sense of your photos. Flickr gives you quite a few sharing options, but maybe the handiest is that it lets you paste thumbnail previews into forums, blogs, and social networks.
Sharing your photos is great, but half of the fun of these photo-hosting services is seeing what other people are taking pictures of and interacting with them. The biggest draws to Flickr’s community are groups, which let users create and contribute to themed groups. Each group has a shared pool of pictures that any of its members can contribute to. Each group gets its own forum for chatting about topics or individual pictures. It’s almost like book club, but for pictures. To join any group, just click the “Join this group” button.
To contribute your own photos, just click the “Send to group” button. You’ll then get the option to select whatever group you’re a member of in a drop-down list. Participating in forums and group discussions is really easy. If you’re signed in to Flickr, just click the “Post a new topic” link. You also can reply to someone’s topic by typing in the reply box at the bottom of the discussion.