Windows Live SkyDrive provides a wonderfully versatile way of arranging and displaying photos. The proportioned thumbnails in a folder are a joy.
The mini slide shows on folder tiles are captivating all by themselves. This makes organizing and showing photos easy and pleasant.
What SkyDrive does not have is an easy way to present your photo galleries publicly with a short address that can be easily shared. True, SkyDrive offers very granular sharing so specific photos or folders can be shared only with the individuals you wish, but for photos that you would like to share publicly a “grand entrance” is missing at the present time.
- A blog has a relatively short, easy to remember, web address.
- A blog can be nicely arranged with pages and links.
- The posts can be used to present one or more photos on a topic, as illustrated here with my photo blog, “Gallery Ludwig”.
- Posts, “the update notifications”, can be set to also automatically send a note to social networks. My WordPress blog sends a Twitter tweet and posts a message on Facebook.
- Blogs posts are very easily prepared with the use of Windows Live Writer. For tips see Live Writer Basics.
- Links are readily inserted to SkyDrive photos or folders.
Here is how the automatically generated tweet looks on a Twitter page. What could be nicer?
Not only does the tweet list the post title and provide a link to the post, the expanded view shows one of the photos and lists the first part of the post text.
The message on Facebook is similar.
So by just posting to your blog, you can get the word out to your friends where they are most likely to see it.
As they say on late night TV: But wait, there is more!
A blog post can include a nice collage link to a SkyDrive album. Live Writer can do this for top-level albums only, but there are tricks for doing that for subfolders too.
And there is still more. When you have a panorama it invariable will be skinny. The full size image can be stored on SkyDrive, but it will not look very impressive when viewed in its folder or slide show. But in a blog post such a skinny image can be linked to a “Zoom.It” version like here:
Well, did I make my case for using a blog as a “grand entrance” to SkyDrive photos?
© 2011 Ludwig Keck