I’m back… after a long break from Blogging… Why was I gone so long I hear you asking? Well I will outline just that has changed and what caused my lack of posting here on ThatBlogger…
As some of you may know I was working for a local marketing agency close to where I live. After working there for about 4 years I decided it was time to take the plunge and setup my own marketing company.
This wouldn’t be my first company, as I had already been running a first aid training company on the side to my normal job, so had already got the basics of business.
So in September 2014 I handed in my notice, got an office at a new enterprise park near where I live and started on my own. Running the two companies became very time-consuming working on client projects and sorting all the tax and accounts meant that I lost the free time I had to blog. 10 months later I am still going having secured enough work to keep me going. You can check out my company website here. Let me know in the comments what you think!
Having just told you I have started my own company, I also now have another job!
For a long time now I have been trying to work my way up and gain experience with the view to join the Ambulance Service here in the UK. After years of doing just that, I found myself applying for jobs at my local NHS Trust not really thinking much about it other than filling in the application form as I had been doing for months before. However one day after coming back into the office after a meeting, to my surprise I had been asked to attend an assessment day for a chance to be selected to work in my dream job. I went to the assessment day thinking it was worth a go and if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work but the closer it got to that day the more I wanted it.
About a week after passing all the assessment tests and interview I was waiting to see if I had been selected for a space of 200 from a list of 3000 people. Then that call came! I had got that job!
A few months on with the paperwork coming along I am not just waiting for my course to start in July. Wait… What about my companies…? Well I am still going to run those companies. Just on more of a part-time basis.
New Blog Theme
Now I am back blogging I thought it was about time I updated the ThatBlogger theme. I took a few hours our of working on client projects to quickly code up a new theme. Which is the theme you are seeing now! Let me know in the comments that you think about it?
Yep… It’s that time of year when people start to go away on their summer holidays! That is exactly what me and my girlfriend are doing. On Tuesday next week (10 June) we are off to Mexico for 2 weeks so the blogging well slow down slightly while I am away but I will make sure I upload some photo blogs so you guys can see what I am up too!
So What Now?…
I am going to try to blog now as much as I can and keep you updated with the goings on in my life, code, reviews and general day-to-day stuff.
If anyone has anything they would like to send me for review or anything please let me know via the contact page.
I just wanted to share a few photos from a recent trip to the Peak District. What an amazing country the UK is!
Finding photos for your blog or website can be hard, where do you look and how do you find images that you can use without breaching copyright? Well, many other people have the same problem when they are running a website. I am going to share with you how I find my images for this blog and how to avoid breaching copyright.
Where to find FREE images
If you have been on the internet for some time you might have herd the term “Creative Commons” been used before. However lots of people don’t know what Creative Commons actually is.
Creative Commons is a type of license that people license their content under, for use by others. There are different types of licenses that fall under the Creative Commons umbrella. You can find out more about those here.
So I hear you ask, where can I find Creative Commons – licensed content?
One word to answer that… Flickr
Flickr has an advanced search function that will allow you to search for only images that fall within the Creative Commons-licensed content.
You can then choose how you are going to use the images. For websites and blogs you need to make sure you tick “Find content to use commercially”. However if you are looking to edit the photos you are downloading and we’re not talking about cropping here. I mean editing colours, putting people in or taking people out of photos you need to tick “Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon”.
Larger website or blog?
Once you have achieved a larger audience and have started to make money out of your website you might want to start and look for stock images. Sometimes you just can’t find the photo you are looking for under the Creative Commons license. This is where you are going to have to dip into the money pot slightly and purchase stock photography.
Below are a list of Stock Photography websites you might want to take a look at for when you’re really in need.
Don’t use Google!
People think a quick and easy way to find images online is by hitting Google Images and taking a photo off there. However that isn’t the case as you may well find the images on Google are copyright to someone and use of those images (even though they came off Google) will breach copyright and you could find yourself in bother.
For example I am a photographer and my images appear in Google Search, but that doesn’t mean your automatically entitled to use those images because even though they are on Google the copyright still remains with me. Cutting it short if your not sure don’t use it.
There are lots of websites out there that offer images for commercial use for free. It can take some time to find the right image for you but its worth it as you don’t want people coming back to you and finding you have used an image you are not entitled to use. It not only looks bad but you could find yourself in deep water quickly. However most people will just ask that the image be removed and that will be the end of the story.
Photo Credit: Mike_fleming