How to tuesday #12 - How you can keep Shooting for the Wall! Top Blogging Platforms that can help you share your work / by Zack Smith

If you've ever taken a class from me via the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts or one of my photography workshops, you have most likely heard me say "Shoot for the Wall". These three words have been fueling my inspiration for photography since my early days and since then I have made them my philosophy.

Full frame composition from my recent location scout in Baton Rouge

Full frame composition from my recent location scout in Baton Rouge

The meaning is simple: Since the early days of photography and visual storytelling we have put only our most treasured memories and moments displayed on our walls. The wall contains our most loved family members, our proudest moments, and our visual storyline. So if we only put our best stuff on the wall, why not approach every composition and photography as if it were a front runner to be on that wall?

Shoot For the Wall is a way of life and a way of seeing. Ultimately it is a way of slowing down and breathing in the creative moment and exhaling excellence. Inhale, Exhale, Create.

Since I started this blog back in 2006, I have used this digital medium as my Digital Wall to continue the dialogue that reaches more people than I ever imagined. I still do the occasional fine art show at a gallery or event space as I do feel that the Proof is in the Print (more on that soon...) and good photography should be actually printed and seen the way the photographer saw it. This approach is expensive and very time consuming. Although it is the ultimate Wall for me, I know that I can reach more people and tell more stories with my Blog. Oh, I mean my Digital Wall. Best of all, it's cheap..and sometimes even free. There's no excuse not to start sharing your work now as the digital wall is already built and ready for your moments.

BLOGGIN PLATFORMS I LIKE

Google Blogger - I started with Google Blogger. It's free, easy to use and there are so many cool templates to choose from. Much of my internet traffic was created here since I would regularly populate this Google Blog with a ton of content...which Google likes!

Squarespace - When I created this website, i migrated (via 301 redirect) all of my blog content over to this site. Even though it is not free (you pay for your Squarespace site and it's features) it's totally worth it. You get all the robust creative features of Squarespace built into your blog. 

Other Blogging Sites:

Tumblr, Word Press, Medium, and Live Journal. 

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Zack