Biblioblogs, in a fantastic way, allow senior, junior, and wannabe scholars to engage others in current issues in the field. The newest-at-the-top format indigenous to the blog places a great emphasis on new material. The downside is that the delightful gems tucked away in the archives are sometimes "out of sight, out of mind". A real indicator of this is the plethora of broken image links, particularly those blogs hosted at the blogging service web site.
Roy Brown emailed me a couple sbl '04 photos this week, which prompted me to go looking for others. Jim Davila's SBL pics on his biblioblog had broken links--no unusual occurence in web space. And this prompted me to take a look at what flickr.com has to offer. It is the most popular image hosting service, and I think it offers some splendid features. I have a few ideas for how biblioblog authors and readers might benefit:
- For any images you add to your photostream that you deem of interest to bible scholars in general
- add them to the biblioblog group at Flicker, so that anyone interested can go and view the set of images made available to the group
- and even more exciting, give them descriptive "tags" so that they'll be found when searched for
The restrictions for a free account seem reasonable.
- No limit on how much "space" you have
- You can upload a max of 10 megs per calendar month
- Don't go 90 days without any activity, or your free count will go defunct.
Well, all this was just to encourage, if you're not 100% set on how you host your web images, it seems to me you would do well to check into Flickr.