BLOGGING ON WORDPRESS – Why Do I Need Images? I’m A Writer…


Images are powerful. What is it they say….? Oh yes, that’s it ‘One picture is worth a thousand words’. Really? Okay, here goes…..

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That’s one thousand words in the bag for starters. What? You don’t believe me? Nope. Neither do I.

One picture can certainly be worth a thousand words…if it’s the right picture. Ah, now that makes total sense.

So, why the ridiculous photo above? It’s mine by the way, it’s not copyright. I haven’t just copied and pasted it from Google Images. But feel free to use it if you think it will enhance your blog. Personally I have my doubts.

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Ah, now we come to the point. At last.

If you do a certain amount of swotting up on WordPress as to what makes a truly ‘great’ blog you’ll find ‘stick plenty of images in your blog posts’ ranks quite highly. And I can sort of see that makes sense. Check out a dozen blogs at random and you’ll see zillions of images…of everything imaginable….and some not…..but do they work?

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So my question is this…”If you are a writer do you need images in your posts to attract more viewers, and keep them coming back for more?” Or perhaps “Would a couple of images now and again in your posts make a difference?” Or even “If you are a writer does that mean your message is delivered through your written work, and that is enough. Images are superfluous?

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Ah yes….sorry about that.

It’s Sunday so I’m allowed to ask questions rather than try to dish out the answers. But, it has set me thinking……should I be ‘sticking’ more images into my posts…..? The jury is out.

 

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20 responses to “BLOGGING ON WORDPRESS – Why Do I Need Images? I’m A Writer…”

  1. thebloggersniche says :

    They say a writer can create his own picture and share it to his readers.
    If the readers sees the invisible picture written by the writer then he must be a true one.

    So I guess a real writer creates a picture with his or her words. 🙂

    • writegoodbooks says :

      I endorse that 100%….

      I would be interested in your views about images in children’s books….I find that a particularly interesting area. I’ve seen quite a few books for children recently where the images seem (to me at least) to be at odds with the written word.

  2. Dave Higgins says :

    Many newspapers and most magazines have had plenty of images to go with the words for time immemorial to capture people who have a shorter attention span or are primarily visual rather than word oriented. With internet audiences often being more visually stimulated than print media it is more important for blogs and such.

    The difference between most print media and blogging is that a magazine will have a writer for the words, a photographer for pictures, an artist for graphics, &c. whereas a blogger does all the roles.

    So I would say that as a writer I do not need to add images; I can showcase my writing by writing, and those who appreciate skill will see it as they read. However as a publicist I must add glitz to draw in the punters; otherwise my audience is purely grown by word of mouth among specialists.

    • writegoodbooks says :

      Very good points, well made, and well worth noting.

      I guess most writers, full or part time, will appreciate that it’s the written word that counts in the end…….but blogging is, or at least can be, a totally different beast and it does make me wonder if as writers we’re sort of missing out by not embracing the medium and trying new ideas?

      I also completely take on board your comments about writers ‘write’, photographers ‘take great photos’…and each to his own, but just about anyone these days can call themselves a photographer if they’ve uploaded a couple of hundred snaps…..I’m thinking Instagram for example where you can turn the most mundane snap into a work of art with the tap of a thumb. It’s a crazy world.

      Thanks again for the reply…..much appreciated

  3. MishaBurnett says :

    I think it’s a stylistic choice. I tend not to use images for emphasis, but I will include them if they relate to an event I am discussing (my book signing, my trip to New Orleans, my daughter’s wedding.)

    On the other hand, MzSusanB (http://mzsusanb.wordpress.com/) is a photographer, and her blog combines images and text.

    Personally, I think that including internet memes and cartoons just for the sake of having images (which I suspect many bloggers do) adds nothing to the blog, and often distracts me from the text.

    Do you need images? No, I think there are other ways to break up blocks of text and make a page visually inviting. There are a lot of elements to web page design (even with the limited customization that a third party platform like WordPress allows).

    A better question might be, what elements does the overall aesthetic of this particular piece require? Including multimedia in a blog just because the technology allows it is rather like gratuitous special effects in movies, it doesn’t really add anything of value, and tends to annoy the audience.

    • writegoodbooks says :

      I agree about the gratuitous inclusion of images and cartoons which I do see time after time on what are otherwise really great blog posts (hence my gratuitous and frivolous image inclusion in this particular post)…

      You’re right in that I should have asked “Are we making the most of our blog design features to break up our posts and add visual interest?” But it would probably get the same response……”If our writing is good enough what’s the point of Fancy Dan design?”

      • MishaBurnett says :

        I think that page design can’t be separated from content, and writing is more than choosing which words, it is also deciding how those words are arranged on the page. (I admit that I have been influence by e. e. cummings on this point.)

        Bloggers are not simply writers–we are also our own editors and publishers. As such, we need to be aware of how the finished page is presented.

  4. Michelle Proulx says :

    I personally dislike images unless they directly correlate to the post — as in, the post is about a brand new coffee maker they love, so they include a picture. When someone peppers their post with tons of silly little gifs and images, it’s just distracting — I think, anyway. I always include a random picture or video at the end of my posts because I think they’re fun, and I want to share the silly things I find around the internet with my readers. But I always stick it at the end of the post, because I want the post to be about what I’m writing, not about the silly graphic/video of the day. And even if people aren’t interested in the topic of my post that day, they can still pop by to check out the picture/video.

    • writegoodbooks says :

      Yes, I agree entirely, and I think what you do with your images at the end of your post is excellent. It certainly works for me.

      The images in my post today were meant to be as distracting and irrelevant as I could get them, to make some kind of point….which hopefully they do.

      The question(s) posed were ‘no brainers’ really. It was obvious that decent writers and bloggers like Misha, Dave and yourself would agree totally that just ‘sticking in’ photos or videos does very little for the writer’s credibility and just gets in the way.

      Thanks as always Michelle for taking the time and trouble to comment. I always say I appreciate it, and I really do….

      • Michelle Proulx says :

        Haha no problem. Commenting’s half the fun of WordPress, after all. And yes, I got that your liberally scattered images were there to make a point 😀

  5. writegoodbooks says :

    Great Vlogs on your blog site too Michelle….very funny…..ten out of ten.

  6. Maddie Cochere says :

    I like a few images in a post. They tend to break up long passages of text or simply entertain me. I’m easy to please.

    • writegoodbooks says :

      I think the answer is whatever works for the blogger and their posts is the way to go…..no two blogs are alike….and in the end we’re all individuals just trying to connect and communicate the best we can.

      Thanks for the comment….very much appreciated.

  7. munchaholic says :

    Maybe I have a short attention-span when it comes to reading blogs/articles on the internet. Or maybe I judge a blog not only by the writing but also by its looks. All I know is that if there is a pretty/interesting/artistic/intriguing picture at the top of a post. I am hooked! I will read on until my attention span dies out again….. and oh look pretty picture!, let’s keep reading…. and on and on.

    On another note, I think a picture is worth a thousand words if it is accompanied by a sentence to guide that reflection of so many words. Does that make sense?

  8. Sunny Sodday says :

    I think too many images kill a post. Maximum of two pictures are good enough, more than two makes the post a picture post rather than a normal post. Pictures should be used to fill the purpose of the post, not to be as decoration material.

    • writegoodbooks says :

      Thanks Sunny…..yep, you’re right, if the images have no bearing on the content it’s a complete and utter waste of time….although having said that I know a lot of casual ‘stop-by-when-we-feel-like-it’ visitors don’t really care….each to his or her own.

      It’s what makes WordPress blogging so interesting.

  9. Let's CUT the Crap! says :

    I appreciate that images add to the subject if chosen properly, especially when rambling posts finally dwindle into the horizon. Still, It’s time-consuming finding, picking, insterting…I’d rather not, Life might be a lot easier.

    • writegoodbooks says :

      I am constantly amazed at the quality and number of images appearing in blog posts….that’s what advances in technology can do for you…cool phones that are decent cameras too….hard to imagine even 20 years ago, so I do like photos. But you’re absolutely right about time consuming picking the right image….even for the silly images I uploaded it took twenty minutes or so extra to blog. Life’s too short.

      Thanks again for commenting. It’s appreciated.

  10. theeditoffice says :

    Varied replies about something I never even considered. Hmm, need to think, now!

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