Friend Friday: Blogger Mechanics

by katyrose on January 28, 2011

This week we’re looking at the tools behind the blogs. To make this more interesting I filmed a video, but for some reason it is saying the upload time to YouTube is one hour and I SO do not have an hour to wait. So I’m answering this in the old fashioned way and may post the video link to here later in the day. (LOL So my video finally posted. Since it is so late in the day I’ll link it here but spare you the post.)

1. What technology do you use in blogging? I’m pretty basic with all of this. I use a Nikon Coolpix S600 for all my photos. It is basically a nice digital camera but nothing too shnazy. It works for what I need and it takes good photos. I have a flipcam for attempting videos, which is obviously still a work in progress. I use a 17-inch MacBook Pro as my computer. It it loaded with memory since I have so many songs, photos and documents sitting on this baby. And lastly, I use a Droid Incredible as my phone, which also helps to keep the 5 email accounts straight, respond to emails, approve comments and visit other blogs when I am on the run. I use it almost more than I use my computer.


2. What computer and online technology do you use? On the computer I use iPhoto for storing everything, iMovie for shooting and editing video clips, Word for writing some posts, Photoshop and InDesign for tweaking photos, creating my header, etc… Online I use Photobucket to store all the photos that appear on ModlyChic. I now use WordPress, although I have been using Blogger for the last 5 years. I use co-comment to track comments I leave on other blogs; and Facebook and Twitter to interact with others and promote the blog. And lastly I use a plethora of Google products, including Google Reader and the Google Groups.

3. What is your process for taking pictures? I feel like there should be more of a process but there isn’t. (Maybe I should video it one day.) Basically I find a spare second in my day and head out either the front or the back door. I pick a spot, balance the camera, set the timer, run into position, smile and repeat. Some days I get good photos in 5 shots and I call it a day. Other times it might take 10 or 15, especially if I am trying to get an accessory in the shot, or if I am trying to avoid people, cars, etc…

Once the photos are downloaded to my computer, I sift through picking the best two or three shots and drag them into photoshop. From there I crop, tweak coloring and add a border. I then save the desktop and upload to photobucket. Process complete.

4. When it comes to backdrops for your photos what do you consider? Do you scout locations or shoot the same spot daily? I’m always on the look-out for new locations. The only trouble is I have some very specific requirements which makes the majority of places far from ideal. I need a place to rest the camera. I’m now really good at spotting fence posts, mailboxes, parking meters and park benches that will work. I also need something to stand near so that I can focus the camera on that point before I run to get in the shot. And lastly I need a spot that is far from a million watchful eyes. I have a hard time photographing my look if there are people around staring. Usually I’ll just head home and try again later.But I do keep a mental list of places that have great backdrops and built-in tripods so that I can swing that way the next time I am out in that area. And I’m really looking forward to the spring months, since this January has been brutal with snow. We’ve gotten 60 inches in a month!


5. If you could splurge and get one new piece of equipment what would you be buying? Without a doubt a new camera. Mine has been dropped a couple too many times and it is a little sad looking. Thankfully it still takes great photos, but that will be the next big purchase I make for ModlyChic…. who knows when that will be!?

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Gertrude January 28, 2011 at 2:44 am

And I thought that I was the only one taking pictures with a compact camera here! hehe :) These questions were really great by the way! x

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Gertrude January 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thanks a lot for the tip!!

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Fabienne Jach January 28, 2011 at 2:57 am

Wouldn’t it just be wonderful to have an hour to scout a location and take photos every day without interrupting the rest of our normal routine! I’m amazed at the quality and consistency we get overall as a community given that we do this on top of everything else, not instead of!

I bet a lot of us use point-and-shoot cameras with self timers :)
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

So true! There are some amazing blogs pulled off without much time to devote to them. Although I have found as time goes by I spend more and more time devoted to blogging and everything that goes in to it. Although still the photographing part is the least time consuming.

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Franca January 28, 2011 at 3:10 am

oh, yours is so detailed! well, my excuse is that i typed mine with my left hand only!
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Only your left hand? Impressive. I would not be able to do much if I was only using my left hand for tying. The right does most of the work.

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Emily January 28, 2011 at 3:43 am

Great questions – and answers again this week Katy :)

Love the new blog home!

I love that your outfit shots are always in different locations – makes me feel I need to try harder!!

Happy Friday :)
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Thanks Emily. I try to vary the locations, but even I feel like they are often the same old same old. I like variety.

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the other emily January 28, 2011 at 5:02 am

It’s my very first FBFF post! Great questions this week. I have to say, looking for a spot to rest a camera is a real challenge! I started out last summer using my little point-and-shoot and a particular bookcase, but I’ve since gotten my sweet SO to be my regular photographer.

For those who do take their own pics with smaller cameras, I’d really recommend investing in a Gorillapod – they’re pretty inexpensive, and small enough to fit in a purse when you’re on the go. Plus the flexible legs will let you wrap them around a tree, post, park bench, turning almost anything into a stable tripod for shooting.
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Collette Osuna January 28, 2011 at 5:42 am

Hi Katy…I think your photos always look great! I would have never known they were taken with a compact camera…..!!! I agree on finding better locations…I need to do that as well, right now there is NO daylight for me to do so:(
Your blog is looking awesome!! Love the new header:)

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

On the bright side there is starting to be more sunlight. I used to have to make sure I got pics before 4pm otherwise try to find an indoor spot, now I’ve got a little more time. Although with all the snow everything outside is difficult.

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Melissa January 28, 2011 at 5:56 am

Your photos are great, I would’ve thought you were using a more expensive camera! :) That gives me hope since I won’t be able to afford a great one.

I’m extremely jealous that you have a Macbook Pro. WANT!

These are great questions, I’m really excited to read everyone’s answers!

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I really believe that good photos are more a product of location and knowing your device than they are about having an amazing camera with a million gadgets.

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Hope January 28, 2011 at 6:07 am

I really am excited to read the answers to these questions and I love your photos! It gives me hope that mine can be better (I use a point and shoot too). :)

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Thanks! It’s just something that I’ve really worked at over the last year, determined to make the photos look good even if I am using an old semi-broken camera.

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Grace, Money Smart Fashion January 28, 2011 at 6:10 am

I loved answering these questions and can’t wait to read everyone else’s. My savvyiness does not exactly lie in technology so I’m sure I learn a lot.

Thanks Katy.
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Charee Lenee' January 28, 2011 at 6:57 am

I’m so glad we had these questions. It’s so good to know these things from fellow bloggers! :)

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No Guilt Fashion January 28, 2011 at 7:39 am

Great questions Katy. You are super brave to just balance your camera on things. Love the switch to WordPeess.

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

LOL I don’t know if it is super brave or just desperate to take the photos and be done quickly. Setting up a tripod scares me a little, so many people could come along and be like… what the heck is that crazy girl doing?!

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No Guilt Fashion January 28, 2011 at 7:40 am

Great questions Katy. You are super brave to just balance your camera on things. Love the switch to WordPress.

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Displaced Urbanite January 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

I love your different photo backgrounds. I so wish I had more time to look for cool locations (because there are a ton in the city I live in). I also wish it was warmer outside so if I found this elusive time to look for locations, I wouldn’t be freezing or tromping through snow while looking! Good round of questions, too. It’s fun to learn about how other bloggers go about their blogging business.

PS- I am jealous of your MacBook.

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I have a couple places I use as an easy shot. Two right outside my back door, one on the way to the bank. So then I just plan accordingly. If I have to run an errand I take the camera along and try to find a new spot along my walk to the drugstore or bank. So far it’s turned out to land me a couple great locations that I can return to later as well.

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The Fashion Brat January 28, 2011 at 7:58 am

Hey Katy great answers as always I am very impressed that you use a compact camera and your location choices for photographs give your images that extra something so I will be definitely be taking a leaf from your book.

oh I too love your new header

Hannah x
@hannah_domingo

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Pam @over50feeling40 January 28, 2011 at 8:12 am

I am also a compact camera girl in search of time, better locations, photography assistance and an IPHONE!
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Shen Dove January 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

I love your answers to this week’s questions and you prove that you don’t need complicated equipment to create great content for a fashion/style blog!
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Lisa D. January 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

SO glad I’m not the only one that’s been using the balancing-the-camera-to-use-the-self-timer trick. Does your camera have a custom timer? Mine does, and I have it set to take 10 photos at a time, which makes it go by much quicker. It’s funny — now that I have the new camera (I got a Nikon D3100), I’m still SO much more comfortable taking my outfit shots with the point and shoot because it’s easy. Still getting used to the Nikon. Great questions this week!

~Lisa
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm

No custom timer, although I think that would be something that I must have when I replace the current one. To be able to take a number of shots in one standing instead of running back and forth would really help a lot. Gotta keep my eyes open for that.

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Sara January 28, 2011 at 9:02 am

Such great, detailed, helpful answers, Katy! I think it’s really awesome that you’ve come to understand what you need from a photo spot. That’s such great information for beginners or for those of us who shoot our shots indoors and want to move outside for pictures — it takes time to get a system down, but keeping at it helps with quality and time management. Thanks for another great group of questions and answers!

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Thanks. It was a lot of trial and error on my part, but after sifting through so many photos and trying to figure out why something didn’t work, I’ve come up with some great musts that will turn out a good photo nine times out of ten.

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Kristine [Kristine. Or Polly.] January 28, 2011 at 9:03 am

Wonderful questions, it’s really interesting to see what all the other style bloggers use!
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Grit & Glamour January 28, 2011 at 9:06 am

I so love technology! Awesome questions. I often ask bloggers about their cameras and lenses, so now I have a go-to for lots of info!

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Spoilsofwear January 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

Fun questions this week!

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Roisin January 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

These were great questions, and interesting to read the answers! I definitely want to get more interesting locations in as the weather improves – I live in a beautiful area and my boyfriend takes my photos, and he’s keen to get out and about a bit more too. Looking at other people’s blogs is such an inspiration!
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:29 pm

You are lucky to have a bf who is willing to take your pics and will scout locations with you. If I were you I would take advantage of that.

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mandy January 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

OK, finally got the hang of this! I really like this set of questions this week!

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Cara January 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

I am so surprised that you’re using a p&s with self timer and no tripod! Based on your pictures, I was sure you were using either a DSLR with a person behind it, or at least a tripod and remote! It simultaneously makes me feel confident that I’m not one of the few with the “subpar camera” bloggers out there, but at the same time makes me realize I’ve got a lot of learning to do with how to make the most of the camera I have!
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Good to know the pictures look more professional than they really are. I don’t want them to look like I’m using a beyond-basic camera.

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Bajan Beauty January 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

These are great questions. I read a lot of blogs and never really know what goes into the finished product. I would have never thought you didn’t you use a tripod!
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Caitlin January 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

I use a simple digital camera, too – just a Sony Cybershot, which does enough for me. Who knows? Maybe I’ll eventually buy a much nicer camera for my blog.

The Wordpress site looks great!

-Caitlin
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Erica January 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

I too have to get a new camera…and a better way of getting good photos :) I agree with you on a lot of points.

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Sorren January 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

I’m so excited to go through and see how everyone else does it! I suppose that will have to wait until after work though….

happy friend friday!

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MJ January 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

I have a point and shoot camera also and I’m still trying to get the focus on it just right. But your outfit photos always come out really good so I have hope for mine! :)
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Holly January 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

Love your answers and this idea! I am going to join in a friend friday and am your newest follower!
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Welcome to the group and to ModlyChic.

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Veshoevius January 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

That is a lot of snow! Glad I am not the only one who finds taking photos infront of lots of other people awkward – you do really well taking great photos for your blog without having a tripod to use.
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm

The snow is unbelievable in this city, especially since there is no where for it to go so it is just piling up along street edges. So funny to see. This place is like a frozen tundra.

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Colleen January 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

Do you ever think of getting a tripod so your camera has to balance yet? I don’t mean a big one. I have 2 little ones that I never used. But one had those bendable things and I used it once wrapping the tripod around tree branches. We took good anniversary photos that way a few years ago.

I fear daily that I will drop my camera and break it. That’s a mean reason I don’t even really leave the house with my good camera…. so what’s the point of having it I always ask myself.
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I always think about a tripod and I have a really big one from work that I use for some indoor shots. But the tripod hasn’t been something I’ve given much thought to since I am pretty good at balancing the camera and I try to get it done quickly to avoid the stares. I know I should look into it though. Thanks for the suggestion.

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EvaNadine January 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

glad to know im not the only one who has a lack of real technology when it comes to taking, editing, and posting pictures! id love to know more or to have the money for better equipment/technology, but i try to make the best with what ive got!

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Alex Elizabeth January 28, 2011 at 10:40 am

Ahh I totally understand not wanting people around staring! It’s easier if you have a photographer, but I don’t and I’m always afraid someone will run into the camera or knock it over. I live in the suburbs where style blogging is kind of unusual so cars slow down and people stare at me quizzically all the time, especially the neighbors! They probably think I’m some kind of weirdo freak hahaa

I don’t know if you’re thinking about getting a tripod, but I thought I’d let you know I got a tiny lightweight one from Amazon for $12, it folds really small and weighs about a pound so it’s really easy to carry around!

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

LOL It’s true. I was just thinking I take more outdoor shots now that I live in the city than I did when I lived in the burbs. Too many people always around and watching. In the city people are in too much of a hurry to pay attention, I still try to be quick and discreet.

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Emmy January 28, 2011 at 10:53 am

I am new to blogging so these questions were very helpful to me to see what I need to be doing! First on my list was an upgrade of my camera…My new Nikon will be arriving soon…I love seeing what other people use and their process. It is all so inspiring!
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm

How exciting. I always love the first week of owning a new piece of technology. It’s always exciting to test everything out, see what amazing things it can do, compare it to the old version it’s replacing. Such fun!

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Kimberly January 28, 2011 at 10:57 am

Great questions- I wish I had way more technology!!
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joann,sidewalk chic January 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

This was pretty fantastic to read — I love reading the technical aspects of what people use for their blogs.

As for photo locations, I’m kind of the same way about being able to do it discreetly. It’s so hard to take photos when there’s a crowd around …

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

So true! You always have the cutest backdrops – especially the one by the little pond, etc…

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Liz January 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

Katy – great questions and loved reading your responses. I’m a little envious of your MacBook Pro, but my little MacBook gets me through.
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annie January 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

I do the whole run and shoot dealeo too. Lol isn’t it exciting??
I loved this Friend Friday topic. It is interesting to hear other peoples processes.
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annie January 28, 2011 at 11:09 am

Also, thanks for you comment the other week. I did respond about blog authentically.

I guess that I think it is more like a desired lifestyle. Like blogging about expensive clothing when you don’t have money. Or blogging about the runway fashion when you have never been to a runway. I don’t blog like this, but I don’t personally see a problem with it.

But I do think comments should be sincere and honest.
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Minister of Style January 28, 2011 at 11:30 am

Love your answers, I am still amazed that you take pics without a tripod, I have no excuses now. Off to read everybody else’s response, I can’t wait to read them.

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Kimberly Fab Finds January 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

Love the questions this week and can’t wait to read everyone’s answers. Hoping I learn about some cool program or technology!

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Jessica Zigenis January 28, 2011 at 11:53 am

I had no idea you balanced your camera on things! Clever clever girl… I’m going to have to start doing that. The hubs is getting weary of taking photos I fear. Have a great weekend!

my answers here: http://www.monster-cakes.blogspot.com
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Just be careful to find a very stable surface. I’ve learned the hard way that rounded railings do not make for good pseudo-tripod.

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Arash Mazinani January 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

It’s always interesting to see what technology other bloggers use, we’re pretty similar minus the camera as I don’t do outfit posts.

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hillary January 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Thanks again for doing this. It is a lot of fun learning out people each weeK!

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Krystal January 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I’m new to the whole fashion blogging world… i’ve been sucked in by Kendi Everyday and started with the Fall 30 for 30 Remix idea. I came across a few bloggers that use your Friend Friday questions and I think it’s an excellent gesture! I may just have to join in!
Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself as a new follower :) I can’t see most of your posts because of my work security settings but I’ll be sure to look for more when I get to my home PC.

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Thanks for following ModlyChic and feel free to join the FBFF group. We are growing by the day and there is a lot of great information exchanged behind the scenes.

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Loryn April 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

I told my gretamonhdr how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

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Miss Rockwell January 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Definitely love this edition of FFBF. It’s always great to know the different things that people use!
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Kelly January 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I’m always surprised when people do so much blogging on their phones. I have a Droid 2 and I love it but I hattteeeee leaving comments with it because it takes me 50x longer than using the computer. I just star posts I want to comment on and come back to them when I’m on a laptop!
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Interesting. I do a lot of comment reading for my blog and then responding back to readers on the phone. But I don’t spend too much time reading actual blogs on it because everything is just too tiny to see it in all its glory.

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Sarah January 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm

It sounds like you are completely plugged in with those five email addresses. I am an old school phone user but I hear more and more people using their smartphones to connect with blogs, especially through this week’s post.

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Yeah, the phone is a lifesaver. Two work accounts, a personal account, a blog account and a freelance account all have me scrambling some days. But to have everything easily accessible on one device is a lifesaver.

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Michelle Howard January 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Oh I just love talking technology. So good of you to actually look for locations. I hate taking pictures so I guess that’s why I don’t actively look for spots. I like video though :-)

By the way, I moved my blog. It no longer on http://freshradiantskin.com/blog. It’s now http://radiant-brown-beauty.com

Michelle
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Liz @ Law Mama January 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I love my old point and shoot too, but it’s getting to be time to invest in a DSLR…

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Trystan (the CorpGoth) January 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Ah, I wish I had time to find interesting locations! Or to fiddle with the camera settings more! It’s a miracle when I can get an outfit photo 3x a week ;-)
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Courtney January 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

The future husband and I are thinking about moving to Boston. I’m trying to keep him away from the TV so he doesn’t know about the 60 inches of snow. He’s never lived outside the South so it will be a rude wakeup. Literally and figuratively.
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

LOL. Well if you move into the city itself it is at least easy to get around in. You just pull on your snow boots (Or rain boots like I do) and trudge through it. The streets get plowed and most of the sidewalks are shoveled by the morning commute. And if it is really intense schools and offices call off – which is never a bad thing.

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Charlotte January 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Love this week’s questions!! I wrote a post this week on the link between photography and blogging :]]

Charlotte
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Miss Lucy January 28, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I need an entire day to look at all of these blogs! So excited! I’m number 88 :)

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Bethy January 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I dig these questions. I’m about to go through and read lots of answers! I like getting an insight into the process other bloggers go through.

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monique January 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

this is such a great idea!! i’m excited to see other people’s responses. :)
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monique January 28, 2011 at 2:15 pm

oops sorry, i didn’t mean to double-link my post. i thought it didn’t work the first time. if you’re able to delete one, feel free. not trying to hog the spotlight!! (mine are ‘monique’ AND ‘yoga & pencil skirts.’ thanks!
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

No problem. I can go through and delete one of the links. Sometimes it takes a few minutes before it shows up on the list.

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Louise January 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Wow, your answers were way better than mine! ;-)

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Stephanie January 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Great FBFF questions this week! I messed up on my link so here’s the right one.

http://somedaysmarter.blogspot.com/2011/01/friend-friday-ayo-technology.html

-Stephanie
Maybe Someday We’ll Be Smarter

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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Feel free to re-post the correct link and I can go in later and delete the first one.

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Alana January 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Posted my link! Great questions again, thanks :)
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A-C January 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

First time doing Friend Friday. :)
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katy_rose1 January 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Welcome to the group!

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Sophie January 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

The questions this week really made me think about upgrading my blog a bit! Nice to hear everyones different responses. Like the fact you use a compact camera too :)
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Melanie January 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I just added my link.
I am such a technophobe, but from reading a few other FBFF posts about this today it seems like you don’t have to be a techno-genius to have a decent looking blog.
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Abbe K January 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

This is my first time participating in Friend Friday! These were really great questions for my first time!
-Abbe
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amanda. January 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

5 emails accounts?! i feel better knowing i’m not the only one – and i never would have guessed you don’t use a tripod. practice makes perfect, right? also, wow, over a hundred links – i’m looking forward to reading through them tonight after work! you’ve done a great job with this group, so thank you for that.

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Cupcake Adventures (Michelle) January 28, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Great idea. I am always interested to see how what everyone else uses!
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Krystle January 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I am so excited to browse everyone’s posts this week!! This is a great topic!! Way to go! Also, you were more detailed on your description, but it sounds like we are similar in our photo-taking routine. :)
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Frances Joy January 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Heck yeah for the point and shoot crew! I saw that another commenter recommended the Gorillapod, and I have to agree – that thing is SOOO great for taking your own outfit shots!
I’m really loving this week’s questions, by the way.
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karen January 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Great questions, 2nd FBFF done and dusted…..I feel like my methods are a little primitive, and I know very little about technology!

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Mari January 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Ooh, great questions! I just started blogging this month and already find so many inspirations… Thank you!
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Elizabeth January 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

What a fun list of questions! As a new blogger I find it so fascinating to learn what technology other bloggers are using. It’s especially encouraging to discover that a lot of people are working with the same basic tools as I am and are able to produce great photos and fun blogs — it gives me hope that I’ll get there someday!

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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

It’s all about the practice you put in. There is nothing like doing it over and over again to get it right and now what works best for you and your blog.

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Michelle January 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I love these questions! As I wrote in my post, I’m super OCD about my blogging process, but I really try to keep it simple (and not drive myself crazy)! I love your answers as well… it’s funny how everyone who uses a self-timer has the same process: set timer, run into frame, pose it, run back… ha ha. :]]

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amber, this is the life January 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

This is my first time participating!! Such a great thing to be a part of :)
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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Welcome to FBFF. Thanks for joining.

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Lori's Wardrobe January 28, 2011 at 6:50 pm

This was also my first FBFF and I have really enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. It is really encouraging to see how many are using point and click and timers.
There are so many claims that the best bloggers have the most professional photographs but as long as the pictures are clear I am more interested in the content. What does everyone think?

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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Welcome to the group! I think photos play a HUGE role in the success of a blog but that is not the only thing that plays into the greatness of blogs.

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Vanessa January 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Still in awe of how seemless the blogger to wordpress transition was for us readers of Modly Chic! Good job!
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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:47 pm

That’s good to hear! I tried to make it as seamless as possible so that readers wouldn’t have to do anything differently and would still be able to find my blog.

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Tiffany January 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Great Topic, this one has been a curiosity of mine for a while! love the new site too, looks great!
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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Thanks!!

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Style Underdog January 28, 2011 at 9:37 pm

OK, that was cool. After reading all the other post I feel like a rookie. LOL. Thanks for doing the FBFF project. I’m glad to be part of it.
p.s. Love the changes to your blog

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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Nonsense! Your blog is great. We are all at different levels but you are worlds ahead of where I was when I was starting off. Thanks for participating.

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Terri January 28, 2011 at 9:48 pm

60 inches!!? We need to get you a tripod! I found mine in a thrift store.
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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I know 60 inches with more coming this week. Maybe I need to start hunting thrift shops to find a little discreet tripod. The bulky ones are just so not my style.

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Mel January 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Katy,
Aren’t you loving trying to shoot in Boston’s -2 degree temperatures and 3 feet of snow? ;)
Really enjoyed the questions and reading everyone’s responses this week. Great questions!
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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Yeah the cold weather and piles of snow has made it nearly impossible to be outside these days. I tried it the other day and got insane looks from this guy digging his car out and the crew of men plowing the nearby driveways. Oh well.

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JTwisdom January 28, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Wow, like so many others have said that camera really takes good pictures that you use. And you do not use a tripod or another person kudos to you.
Congratulations Katie on making the move to Wordpress! Don’t forget to add a Favicon to your blog.
It’s really neat to see all the different resources bloggers use for their cool posts. Pretty awesome I say.

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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:41 pm

JT – I need to look into so many widgets and plug-ins. There should be blog posts with suggestions… there are just so many out there. I’ll look into favicon this weekend. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Karmatir January 28, 2011 at 11:20 pm

This weeks questions actually made me want to participate (especially since I am not a daily outfit blogger – though I keep getting closer to that and might be one day once I figure it out). Awesome questions!

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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

so glad you decided to participate this week. Hopefully there will be more topics in the future that you are up to answering and that work with your blog.

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Star January 29, 2011 at 12:21 am

Great questions this week Katy! I’m impressed that you don’t use a tripod for most of your photos. I have one and it’s gathering dust lol

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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Yeah, I have a huge one but that is WAY too cumbersome to take out with me into the streets and still be discreet. What can I say, I’ve gotten really good at finding a built-in camera stand on the streets.

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dotty January 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

i really liked reading people’s answers this week! it gave me some good ideas for outfit photos!
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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

There are a lot of great responses and so many inspirational ideas for taking better photos and technology to look into if any of us are looking to upgrade soon.

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Heather January 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Very cool to see everyone’s answers on this one. I don’t mind being pretty low tech, but I do think it’s about time for me to invest in a tripod- it’s nice to know that I can be creative on finding a spot to balance my camera, but I worry about how many more spills it can take!

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katy_rose1 January 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm

A tripod is what I think I need to invest in too. It’s beginning to get a little ridiculous to photograph so much without it.

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Sherry Jarwin January 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I have learned so much about photog! Thanks for getting this out there! Cheers! xoxo

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Sherry Jarwin January 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I messed up the first couple of times I submitted. SO now I have 3 posts… You can remove them or just ignore them! SORRY! Still learning… and learning a lot from this forum. Thank you! Cheers! GDO

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Charlotte January 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hey Katie!!
Thanks for your comment on my post!!
I personally wasn’t a fan of the Gorillapod. I found it really hard to find something it could anchor to, and it really depends on the weight of your camera too.
I found when I got a real tripod (which believe me, wasn’t that expensive and was just from amazon) I had so much more freedom. I could put it wherever I wanted, bend it, move it around. Especially as I have a DSLR now- a gorillapod would never have coped with the weight of my canon beast!!
That’s my experience anyway!! Let me know if you need any more advice on looking for a tripod :]]

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Emma at Daily Clothes Fix January 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Loving your answers. Could I make a suggestion and say get a gorillapod or tripod – it opens up a much bigger array of backdrops because you don’t need to balance your camera (and saves it from close encounters with the floor too). :-)
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Miss B January 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Great questions this week, I am just getting around answering them this week.
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Kathy May 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Thanks for that great tip about standing next to something so that the camera can focus. My pictures have been annoyingly fuzzy. There is definitely a learning curve. But how fun is this process! Love your blog.

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Yin August 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

OMG I fee like I should have started blogging and found your blog ages ago! I’ve been reading through all your Blog 101 posts in the past few days and there is SO MUCH information. I feel like I’ve hit the game so late!
Either way your doing a great job. Keep it up :)

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P.S. how do you feel about posting comments late? like on much older posts.
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