Saturday, May 2, 2015

A Short Summary of Best Practices for Using Images in Blog Posts

Freeport, Maine - July 2014
In Wednesday's post, What Is Hotlinking? I gave an overview of the potential problems associated with linking to images on the web. At the end of that post I included a short summary of best practices for using images in blog posts. Since it was buried at the end of a post that was otherwise fairly technical and lacking of a catchy title, I think it is worth sharing those best practices again in this dedicated post.

Best practices for using images in blog posts.
  1. Always try to use images that you own and upload to your blog. 
  2. If you don't own a suitable image then look for images in the public domain. Pixabay is a good place to look. Download the image and upload to your blog. 
  3. If you cannot find a suitable image in the public domain then look for images that have Creative Commons licenses attached to them. makes this easy to do. Download the image, upload it to your blog, give proper attribution to the owner of the image. Alan Levine's CC Attribution Helper also makes it easy to format image citations. 
  4. If items 1, 2, and 3 above didn't provide you with a suitable image then you can attempt to use an image under Fair Use guidelines. Fair Use is a murky water so Fair Use should be your last resort. If 1, 2, and 3 failed to produce a suitable image, repeat steps 1, 2, and 3 until you find a suitable image.
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The Week In Review - Time to Start Planting

Good evening from the world headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. May has arrived and so has some warm weather. It was so warm today that as I was impulsively motivated to plant some new shrubs in my yard. I now have pink lemonade blueberries planted in my yard. I didn't even know that there was such a thing as pink lemonade blueberry plant until I went to the garden supply shop today. I hope they taste as good as they sound. That was my Saturday. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you had a great day too.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Two Good Mathematics Glossaries for Students - One in English and Spanish
2. What is Hotlinking? - Why You and Your Students Should Avoid It
3. Pros and Cons of Using Social Media for School Announcements
4. Pros and Cons of Using Text Messages for School Announcements
5. Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet
6. GeoGebra Quickstart Guides for Desktop and Tablets
7. Pros and Cons of Emailing School Announcements

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