Over the last year Digital Photography School has grown from an idea – into a hobby site where I thought out loud about what I’d learned about digital photography – into a thriving community of thousands of readers all contributing to the common pot of knowledge on the topic that we all share an interest in – Digital Photography.
As we’ve had such a steep growth curve over the last year I thought I’d share a few ways that different readers stay connected with the community. In doing so, hopefully newer visitors to DPS might discover some element of who we are that they might have missed.
I’d also love to get your feedback in comments below to help us keep improving.
At digital-photography-school.com/blog you’ll find the Digital Photography School Blog. This is what you’re currently reading this post on – a place where I attempt to post tutorials, tips, reviews and links to what else is happening in Digital Photography around the Web each day.
There are a number of ways of following the blog:
- Bookmark it – many of our readers simply bookmark DPS or set it as their homepage so that every time they log on they see the latest post.
- RSS Feed – one of the most popular ways that people follow what goes up on the blog is via a ‘news feed’ or our ‘rss feed’. This technology lets you subscribe to our site and be notified of updates on a variety of tools such as Google’s ‘Reader’ tool, iGoogle, MyYahoo and many other news aggregators and feed readers. If you want to use these to subscribe to DPS you’ll need to add this feed. Around 21,000 people subscribe to DPS this way.
- Daily Email Updates – if you don’t use RSS you can still get updates sent to you once a day by subscribing to our feed via email. You can do this by entering your email address on this page. Around 3500 people subscribe to DPS this way.
- Weekly Newsletter – lastly we have a weekly email newsletter which has been very popular. In this email (usually going out on Thursdays or Fridays) I give a short summary of each of the new posts going up on the blog in the week gone by plus highlight some of the best threads in the forums. To subscribe to this simply add your email address to the form on this page. Around 21,000 people subscribe to DPS this way.
- Social Bookmarking – The last way that people are using to keep track of the latest posts on the DPS blog is via a variety of social bookmarking tools. You’ll notice at the bottom of every post on the blog that there’s a little button like the one below with the word ‘bookmark’ on it (this button isn’t on the front page of the blog – just individual posts). If you put your cursor over this button a little window opens up that allows you to bookmark the post on one of a variety of ‘bookmarking’ sites. Some of the more popular ones are Digg, Delicious and StumbleUpon. In bookmarking our posts you have a way of finding them later when you need them but you also spread the news about DPS a little and help us continue to grow.
The other growing part of DPS is our Forum at digital-photography-school.com/forum. This forum is where 3700 of our members gather to talk digital photography.
There are sections for weekly ‘assignments’ (topics to help you practice what you’re learning), areas to ask questions about cameras and gear, places to review your cameras, to talk photoshop and many other aspects of photography.
There are three main ways that people keep in touch with the forums:
- Bookmarks – the majority of people simply log in each day and contribute on the latest threads.
- RSS Feed – our forums have an RSS feed also. This gives you updates of all new topics that get posted. It’s how I keep track of the discussion.
- Subscribing – there are also subscribing features that let you follow particular feeds and even be emailed when there are updates. You can explore these from within your User CP once you’re a member.
That’s a summary of the main ways that people keep in touch with us here at Digital Photography School.
Give us Your Feedback?
How do you follow what’s going on at DPS? I’d love to hear your feedback to help us continue to improve what we have to offer.