I had a few people ask me about blogging + image balance the other week, so I thought I would talk a little bit about it. Believe it or not, there’s more to blogging photos than just uploading them to your post. A whole lot more, actually! With that said, here are some friendly reminders for you all :
PHOTOS ARE ATTENTION GRABBERS If you start off all of your blog posts with a paragraph block, I can guarantee you that you will lose some potential readers. Although you may be a talented writer and have a lot to say, images can grab somebody’s attention within a split second and expand curiosity. Text, on the other hand, requires reading, so it’s harder to quickly pull someone in without a visual. Really think about not only inserting an image first, but the quality / relevance of said photograph.
DON’T GO OVERBOARD You simply don’t need to share a million photographs per blog post. Pick out the best images to share that will get your point across and run with it. The attention span of most people nowadays ( and especially with so many blogs out there ) is shorter, so try your best not to overwhelm your readers. Share what feels appropriate!
BREAK IT UP WHEN APPROPRIATE This tip goes along with the previous one. If you are sharing a lot of photos at once, it’s totally okay to break it up with text if need be. For example, if you have a DIY or recipe, consider breaking up your photos with paragraphs that go along with what you’re talking about at that moment. Other bloggers, like photographers, like to simply share there imagery all at once, which is an instance where many photos make sense!
USE SAME WIDTH PHOTOGRAPHS One of the easiest ways to make your blog feel more professional is to make sure that every single photograph you are using is the same width and aligns with your text. That means, for example, that if your images are all 600 pixels wide, so is your text area. A streamlined and solid content area looks ten times better than something that is all over the charts.
HIGH QUALITY OR BUST And last, but certainly not least, the quality of the photos you’re using matters. I can’t stress this enough! Low res files = not professional blogging, it’s as simple as that. Remember, it’s all about aesthetic. Make your blog visually appealing, not appauling!