I read a blog post recently (not on a blog I usually read, but one that was linked in my overflowing Google Reader) about tips for new bloggers. Most points I could agree with – write about things you love, or at least are interested in; comment on others’ blogs and respond to comments on your own blog.

But another suggestion was to go heavy on the pictures, reason being: “it is true that blogging was created to be about your writing and what you had to say. it is evolving, however, into how well you take pictures and whether or not you know how to vlog.” The author goes on to say that if a post has too much text and too few pictures, she probably won’t stay interested; she needs visual stimulation.

Now, I’m not saying that this isn’t the case for a lot of people. (Double negative…tricky.) I just think it’s too bad that we’ve become so dependent on visual stimulation to become or remain interested in a topic, whether it’s a news article, a blog post, or something else entirely.

I’ll be honest, I’m not going to vlog. Ever.

Also, I take terrible pictures, except of my kids who are adorable even in blurry photos, so don’t expect to see pictures from my non-existent top-of-the-line camera. (That would be awesome though.)

Does it bother you that I don’t put a bunch of pictures with every post? I kind of figure you’re all intelligent people and you can handle 5 minutes of reading plain text. Right? Or are you actually morons?


6 Comments on “Visual”

  1. Romgi says:

    no pics? this post was tl;dr.

  2. KHL says:

    I think your blog has exactly enough pictures. And the right amount of words too. If people need photos, they can be my friend on FB!

    And about the camera: I know right now money doesn’t exist for you. But when you guys are no longer students, you can get a camera similar to mine. Dad got it for $200-ish and for the first time ever, I am able to take nice photos. It’s so cool!

  3. Samara Clark says:

    I read your blog regularly and never wish for more pictures (except of your children because they are ridiculously adorable). Your words are pictures enough.

  4. Renee says:

    Huh? Did you ask a question? I stopped reading halfway due to lack of pictures. I enjoy your writing, it’s witty and entertaining. I agree on more pictures of the adorable kiddos, but I think you have a pretty good balance. Perhaps your blog readers are of a higher caliber than the average blog reader. Yay us!

  5. mika says:

    Aw, I knew I could count on you guys to tell me what I want to hear. Thanks for being above average!

  6. Megan says:

    Yeah I’m going to second Renee’s comment and say we’re better than the average reader. Agreed – no need for more pics!

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