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Why images enhance blog design

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For me, a blog’s design is enhanced by images. It is the quality and the positioning of these images that defines its individuality, presentation and personality. I am very keen to use imagery within my blog design, but the problem is they cannot be changed instantly or by my clients.

If a certain image needs to be adapted, I will gladly do it, as I have the required software to accomplish this. I actively encourage my clients to amend and publish their own content (particularly the blog post page), as WordPress is so easy to use, but they forget that images are static and cannot be changed by themselves through programming or CMS. I do not consider this a defect; if I left my clients to their own devices these carefully crafted images would soon start to look unrecognisable…

In my eyes, a blog without images is just plain boring. You need words to satisfy those who aren’t visually inclined, but I think enhancement via images is just as important as relevant and scintillating content. They can compliment each other too, and add to the explanation factor, another side to the argument, an alternative point of view.

Of course, the most obvious place for an image is the banner across the top (that is, if your theme allows this), but failing that, a simple picture of the author in the sidebar is better than nothing – at least the readers will have someone to focus on when they read the posts, as matching up the writing style with the mug-shot is always interesting.

And the remainder of the images? There’s the sidebars, empty spaces often misunderstood and neglected, which could be cluttered up with widgets, feeds and other links, or could be entertainingly stuffed full of relevant images linking to social networking profiles, other pages within the blog, and external resources relevant to the blog’s content.

So, when I’ve got time, I’ll be rethinking about my sidebars and how I can create a myriad of images to increase the entertainment value of this blog… wait and see!

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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  • Hi Alice,

    I am absolutely in agreement that images are an important part of one’s blog. I always recommend my clients use images to illustrate their writing. Anything in written format is also a prime opportunity to grab our customer and client’s attention and tell them more about the way in which you might help them. An image can help make that connection more quickly especially if you’re a visual person.

    With the event of blogs and social media, and when they are used in conjunction with one another, images are so very important. Take facebook for example. The name itself signifies much of its success. In fact if someone asks to friend me and they don’t have a profile picture I simply decide not to follow them. Also the photos I post online always receive a greater response than writing alone. Have you experienced that too?

    It is said that images of people pull more than those of inanimate objects. Have you found this to be so?

    • Thanks Victoria for your comment. I’m glad somebody agrees with me about the use of imagery, particularly the absence of a profile picture on social media doesn’t induce a following, neither does the lack of author’s profile or portrait on a blog to encourage a relationship with the blog’s readers.

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