My name’s Mark Armstrong. I’m a commercial illustrator. I’ve been blogging on WordPress since March, 2010. More than 4 years. Which comes as a shock to the system — my system, anyway.
No one helped me more when I was starting out than timethief. She’s the best blogging resource on the web, IMO. It’s an honor for me to do a guest post on her blog, One Cool Site.
What I’m going to say here is not original, but it’s something every beginning blogger needs to hear; namely: Text is not enough.
More precisely: text is not enough if you want your blog to be successful. If you want readers, Likes, comments, and the gratification that comes with knowing that people are interested in what you have to say.
That means you need to include images in your posts. Consider this one, for example:
Notice how your eye slides over to that silly apple dispensing cider, and tends to stay there. The human eye is partial to images. They get readers’ attention, and motivate them to keep reading.
I can think of 3 other reasons to feature images in your posts:
- we live in a visual age: people expect them;
- they break up blocks of text, making the text easier to read;
- people are more apt to Like and Share posts with images.
You don’t need to be an illustrator or photographer to obtain images. There are thousands of images available on various sites. Many are free, others simply require you to credit the person who created the image.
Good news: timethief has done a lot of the research for you.
Looking for images? Read TT’s post, More Sources of Free Images for Blogs and Websites.
Thinking how nice it would be if TT had rounded up many of her best posts on images, and put them all in a single post? She has. It’s titled Spotlight on Images.
Would it be worth your while to learn how to edit images using Photoshop or other editing programs, or free online software like PicMonkey? Sure– then you could end your posts with a silly joke like this.
Guest author Mark Armstrong blogs at Mark Armstrong Illustration: Nothing Succeeds Like Humor And Good Illustration. Be sure to pay his blog a visit.