When the term "blog" comes up, most people usually visualize a string of blog posts filled with tons of content listed in chronological order. While that may be true, it's not the only way to use blogs. Blogs include many elements including videos, info graphics, photos, slideshows, Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, and more. Not only can they spice up an otherwise dull blog, they're great on those days you are short on words. I know I can't be the only one to experience writer's block every now and then! 

To make your life a little easier and truly inspire you to utilize other elements of your blog posts, I've included a list of places to get some useful multimedia. 

Photos: Everyone knows how useful photos in blogs can be. But unless you take your own photos, you just might struggle with finding some worth using. Don't even think about googling images! You'll find yourself in a nasty battle over usage terms and copyright if you don't credit the photo properly. Instead visit stock photography sites such as Stock Photos for Free,  Morgue File, or  Free Digital Photos, . There you''ll find thousands of photos in several categories approved for publishing uses in blogs as long as you credit the photo accurately. If giving the photo owner credit is a problem, you can also purchase the rights to use the photo for as little as $3 on some sites. That's what I did when publishing my latest ebook

Video: The use of video is hardly a new phenomena when it comes to blogs, but that doesn't make it any easier for people to find decent videos relevant to their blog post. YouTube is a no brainer when it comes to searching the web for videos to use in your blog. Check channels that are relevant to your blog content and subscribe. Vimeo is also a great and underrated website for videos. Even more valuable for credible and great quality videos are your favorite news stations. Check ABC, Fox News, CNN, The Onion, and more for noteworthy videos. 

Infographics: Everyone knows numbers and stats are much easier to grasp when their in photo or graph. That's why infographics come in handy. However, they can be very hard to find and even harder to make. Infogram has both of those issues covered. The site allows you to build your own infographic or search the site for free! However, if you are short on time, and have a big budget, you can hire Visua.ly to make one for you based on your data. 

Music: I know music isn't visual, but it really can be a great addition to a blog post. Music can help create certain emotions, tell a story, or just entertain your readers. Visit Sound Cloud or Free Music Play to score some great sounds for your blog. 




 


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