Blogging Insights

Melanie from Sparks from a Combustible Mind passed on the idea for this post. Please check out her post and the blogger who originated these questions:                                                                                            https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/27669916/posts/55683

How important are images to a blog post?

What is the role of images in blog traffic and reader engagement?

How many images on average do you use in a blog post?

I think that images can be important to a blog post, but that really depends on the blogger and the subject of the post. From a pragmatic standpoint, having the occasional image can be easier on the eye than being confronted by large chunks of text, but I also don’t need the images either. I choose images and imagery because I connect well with them. Since I also do lots of photographic posts, I often like to make the image the focus, but I do use words to enhance the images. Sometimes, the images enhance the words; it depends on the links that I’m making.

Great Slave Lake in Autumn

Most people have become inundated by images and media of all kinds. For some people, especially people who have been raised to expect lots of visuals, not having them could be jarring. For others, having a break from all the imagery could be a relief. I think that in the end, it’s really the content of the post that drives whether or not the blogger wants to use visuals.

Skaha Lake in Summer

On average, I only use one or two images per post, but I have been known to use several. If I’m doing a post that’s not specifically photographic, I will use some of my pictures to back up a point I’m making.

Cameron Lake in Spring

I like these lake photos. Lakes can be calming, menacing, a giver of life, a taker of life. They can be all of these things, all at once. Images communicate. Sometimes just one thing, sometimes many things. Sometimes images communicate complex feelings or ideas that we don’t immediately understand.

To me, choosing images or visuals to add texture or depth to a post or having the images stand as posts on their own is dependent on thinking style, content, mood, and about 12 billion other things that go into making a person a person, because blog posts are what the bloggers are. 🙂

26 thoughts on “Blogging Insights”

  1. Beautiful post. I like posts that do not go on and on until the reading becomes tiring. This post is the perfect length with just enough beautiful pictures to delight the eye. I love lakes, rivers, ponds – and especially reflections in water. Good job Lynette

  2. Lengthy uninterrupted text is a problem for me. While I like all the details on why I should travel to a certain place or how I can improve myself, it seems my attention span better absorbs them in bite sized pieces. That is what I try to do in my posts. By putting like photos in a slide show, the reader can chose to look or not look as they see fit. Love your fall lake shots, Lynette. The strong sideways light is so much fun to work with. Allan

    1. Thank you, Allan. 🙂

      I read somewhere (can’t remember now or I would add a link) that for the younger generations, this a result of reading online text that usually is shorter and has lots more visuals. I don’t know that I agree with that though. I prefer that the text be broken up too, unless I am reading a novel (in that case, I prefer a hold-in-your-hand book – I don’t like e-readers), but I don’t require visuals, either.

      I actually not very good at defining what I think will work in a photo. It’s more about whether I think the scene can transfer to the small screen. 🙂 I took a photography course eons ago, but I don’t remember much of what I learned. I am looking forward to doing lots more photography when I retire. 🙂

  3. I think images are becoming less important.The internet is becoming inundated with beautiful images, making it harder for any to stand out. Good writing, however, is still scarce.

  4. Well thanks for the nod and for sharing those beautiful photos. You have quite an eye! Dr. Tanya of SaltedCaramel (I don’t have her exact blog address, but you can find it if you’re interested, by looking at my post. I cited her link at the top)…does a series of these questions about blogging issues. This one was number six. You might find those interesting to do each week. 🙂 Thanks Lynette! I’m going to go look at some of the photo links you’ve got listed on your side bar there. “Raindrop Rosebud’ sounds intriguing! 😀

    1. Thank you very much, Melanie. 🙂

      Thanks for the suggestion; I’ll take a look at her blog. 🙂

      I stumbled over the raindrop rosebud in a friend’s garden after a day of just pelting rain. They looked so pretty and fresh. 🙂

  5. Images are part of my online writing style. I tend to work them right into the narrative of whatever I’m writing, usually for extra comedic purposes. I like having images break up the words every so often because (for me, at least) it makes longer posts much easier to focus on…

    1. You are really skilled at integrating visuals into your story text. 🙂 Many people enjoy having a visual break when reading. I don’t think a mono-environment is particularly good for our brains. 🙂

  6. Oh, exactly: let the post itself drive its mix of elements & proportion among them. What story do you want to tell? What will most surely convey it? Just serve the story…

  7. “blog posts are what the bloggers are” Succinct and true! In the end, that’s what it boils down to. The post is the blogger, because this is our platform, our love letter, our pulpit, our story. ❤

    1. Right? I think we are our blog posts. 🙂 It’s possible to lie and misrepresent yourself, and there are certainly those who do, but if they’re doing that on their blogs, then they’re likely doing that in real life too, so their blogs are still them.

  8. In the beginning I just wrote text on my blog. After I started using images, I found that I got more traffic. I love taking photos, so it’s not a problem for me to have them handy. However, sometimes I have to spend time finding the right photos that are relevant to my topic, and then set them to fit the page.

    1. I did many text-heavy posts as well, but I started adding images when a reader suggested it. I do think that having photos is easier on the eye. Like you, I have lots of photos, but yes, I do find that picking the right ones can be a challenge. It’s a fun challenge though. 🙂

  9. I started my blog because e-mailing all the people who wanted to keep track of my travels meant too many photos in them! I think of myself as a photographer (and crafter) much more than a writer; I write mostly to give context to the photos. And I appreciate a good eye in a photographer – which is why I’m now following you!

    1. Thank you – much appreciated! 🙂
      I can write reasonably well but don’t really consider myself to be a real writer. I much prefer photography. Like you, I give context to the photos with words.

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