Images can add so much to a blog. I mainly use my Tumblr to post/reblog pictures that I find humorous and enjoyable, and that relate to my life at the given time. However, pictures have so much more to add to your website.
Pictures draw the readers in and spark their interest. I usually would add pictures to the end of my posts, but I’ve come to notice that it may be better to add them at the very beginning so that it is the first thing readers see. That way, they see an image of what could be in the post and what it could possibly be about, and their curiosity is automatically enhanced and sparked. Our eyes are drawn to images, colors, different arrangements, and immediately our curiosity ignites and we want to look into it further and see what is really going on in the post, which draws us in to read further. When we pick up a newspaper or magazine, we don’t really look at the headlines and text, do we? We usually flip through, looking at the pictures that fill each page to see if there’s anything that we really want to look at within the medium.
Choosing pictures can sometimes be tricky. We have to remember that we don’t have the abilities and legal rights to use every picture we come across on the web. A lot of pictures are copyrighted and not for use as extra material, so finding the ones that are public domain is vital. You don’t want to choose a picture for a simple blog post and then find out you’re in legal trouble for using a picture illegally.
Also, choosing the right ones for the post itself is important. You don’t want to choose a picture too obscure, but also not one that’s way too relevant. There is a place for every picture, sometimes it can be misleading for an article, which could either spark the reader’s interest even more, or upset them that they’re not getting exactly what they wanted and they will trail away from your post.
Pictures are important, and learning how to use them and how to choose them are vital as well. Use caution, but also be excited about it.