A picture says a thousand words. As a blogger, you can create blog posts that are more than just simple words. You have access to a digital medium that allows you to enhance your writing usual visuals.
If you are not spicing up your text with some accompanying visual images, you are not taking full advantage of the blogging platform. Images are a great way to catch the eye as well as assist your readers in visualizing your points. I am a firm believer in adding images to your posts.
Previously, I wrote a blog post listing several places that you can download complete free, unrestricted images for use on your blog. With access to that list of great websites that give you unrestricted use of their images, there is no excuse for not having images in your posts.
A Few Ways to Use Images
I like to start my posts with an eye catching image. Generally, the image relates to the theme of my post. This way my posts start with a visual. In most cases, I like to have the introductory image stand alone without wrapping the text around it. Take a look at the top of this post for an example. (I know those aren’t spices, but you get the picture)
This is just my personal style. I see many posts that don’t start with an image, however I like to place one in the beginning of the post.
Images in the Body of the Text
Images in the body of the text can be really useful when you are conveying an idea across to the reader. You can place a thumbnail sized image and wrap the text around it in the location where it relates. This is a great place to put a picture that demonstrates your point or idea. If you have access to a humorous cartoon that demonstrates your point, you can use it in this context.
Generally, when I embed this kind of image into the text of my blog post, I size the image smaller. You want to make the image closer to a thumbnail size so that it stands out, while at the same time isn’t overbearing. Also, when you place the image, you have the option of placing it so the text wraps to the right or left of the image. I try to alternate the placement when I have several pictures so that it stands out a little as you read the post.
Use Images as Part of Your Tutorial
If you are writing a pillar article or a tutorial, you generally describe the steps a reader can take to solve some kind of problem. These kinds of articles are perfect for images. Look at any kind of instruction manual that you have lying around. They always include some images that demonstrate the instructions. You should be doing the same when you write this kind of blog post.
You can easily take a screenshot of the point that you are demonstrating. Then put the screenshot as an added image to your post.
When you are adding this kind of image, I recommend adding some annotations to the image so that you readers can visualize your point. You can easily do this in your computer’s default image application. In windows you can use paint, while on a mac you can do it with preview.
Here’s an example:
As you can see, I marked the image in clearly visible annotations so that the readers can easily read the notes. Also, when I do this type of image in my blog post, I leave it a bit larger so that it’s more visible. Finally, I generally will write some text explaining the image below. This way, the readers can visualize what I am writing in the image, then follow up with a more detailed explanation in the text.
These are just a few ways that you can use images to spice up your blog posts. Whenever possible, you should try and add an image to make your blog posts stand out. Nobody likes to read a wall of text. A good image or picture can encourage your visitors to stick around and read your post.