Microstock Blogs… Blogs… and More Blogs

I’ve been hearing good things over the last few months from the owners of the blogs included in the picNiche toolbars RSS poller, people are seeing the new posts on their blogs quickly and getting involved in the conversation.

There are a lot of other fantastic microstock and photography business blogs I read regularly, but which I cannot add to the toolbar because they don’t fit it’s profile. I’d like to share some of these here for your reading pleasure:

A Photo Editor
A Photo Editor (APE) is Rob Haggart, the former Director of Photography for Men’s Journal and Outside Magazine.

Stock Photo Talk
Andy Goetze on Stock Photo Industry, Picture Business, Photo Agencies, Professional Photography, Portals, Technology, Footage

By PLRang
Illustrations and Photos by PLRang

Continue Browsing
Some of the most bizarre stock photos you would never buy (would you?) but can’t help clicking on.

Selling Graphics
Created for graphic artists, designers and photographers who want to sell their illustrations and pictures on the web

Sean Locke Digital Imagery
Fantastic Images and news from Sean Locke

About The Image
Business news, information and resources about or related to the international stock image licensing industry

Microstock Photography by Saniphoto
the creative side of the microstock photography profession, with some excursions in the business side of it

Dan Heller’s Photography Business Blog
The photography world – the business, the culture, the art, the politics, the technology

Microstock Experiment
Stats and other Microstock experiments since June 2007

Microstock Posts
An offbeat look at the microstock industry

The Stock Blog
TheMikey posts on a wide variety of microstock topics

Photo Business News
Occasional Musings and News About the Business of Being a Photographer

Shooting Stock
Hints, tips and progress reports on the journey to be a full time stock photographer

Photogress
Can a casual shutterbug take his craft to the next level, and pay back the cost of his gear selling microstock photos online?

Richard Waters Photography
Interesting posts on industry observations and hardware reviews

Yanik’s Photo School
Photography Tutorials, Tips and Reviews

The Moodboard Factory
Varied stock and creative photography topics

Stock Illustrator Journey
Posts on illustrating and microstock by Augusto Cabral

Pixelated Image
Awesome images and thoughts on photography from David duChemin

TWCDM Blog
Tips, tricks and tutorials all having to do with photography, Photoshop and getting into the stock photo industry.

Ministocking
News, reviews and info from Luis Santos on his adventures in Microstock

I read most of the above blogs daily, not only providing information, but in many, inspiration and a some heart too 🙂

Toolbar Entries

Due to the nature of the poller built into the toolbar, I’ve tried to keep the list of blogs in there limited to ones which focus primarily on the business of photography and stock, and offer information on the broader industry news and events.

I’ve had to decline a few requests for inclusion recently simply because the suggested blogs were focussed on areas other than the stock industry. So I would like to share what I look for when choosing whether or not to include a blog in the poller or a tool on the toolbar menus:

  1. The focus should be on stock, microstock or the business of photography.
  2. Industry news and opinion on current events is prioritised over personal milestones/stats.
  3. Posts should be fairly frequent, around once a week at least.
  • Tutorial sites have been requested several times, but I’ve yet to find a great ‘stock’-focussed tutorials blog (any suggestions?)

Due to the large number of requests I’m planning on including a more flexible version of the poller in a future version with the ability to add your own entries and a directory of suggestions, though it’s probably a couple of months away yet 🙂

Do you have a blog, or know of any I’ve missed? If so drop me a comment 🙂

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7 Comments

  1. Posted September 2, 2009 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    Hi Bob,
    great and comprehensive list. I’ve checked with mine and I can say it’s quite the same. Just two blog more that I follow:

    http://twcdm.blogspot.com/ by Travis Manley: tips, tricks and tutorials all having to do with photography, Photoshop and getting into the stock photo industry

    http://brandelli.wordpress.com/ Brandelli di Fotografia by MilaCroft (it’s in Italian…)

    Take care,
    roberto

    • bobbigmac
      Posted September 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

      awesome, thought I was missing Travis’ site but couldn’t find the link in my favs, thanks 🙂

  2. Posted September 2, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    Hi and thanks for fixing the blog feature (i like a lot) in PicNiche , and for including mine.
    Also seeing this post title ‘Blogs.. blogs..’ i was thinking that this article is about the boom in starting by people microstock activities. I started mine about 7 months ago don’t know too much about previous years but still have the analogy to real WallStreet STOCK market boom and it’s ‘end’;) thus hope it’s just by name.
    Greetings and waiting for some new features.

  3. Posted September 2, 2009 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Thanks for including my blog, I will keep my stats up to date 🙂

  4. Posted September 2, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    & some idea, maybe just add a secondary list with blogs not included now in the toolbar. You save a lot time with that tool and such secondary (RELATED) list would be again very useful. And of course thanks for this great list – a lot to watch!.

  5. Posted September 10, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bob! Thanks for including my modest blog about microstock! 🙂

    As you know I love your bar!!

  6. Posted October 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Hi Bob,

    I’d love you to consider my blog – http://fstop57.blogspot.com/ – when you next review sites for inclusion.

    Cheers
    Alex

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