I was looking at vjacks latest post from over at Atheist Revolution and it had me thinking about the way blogging has evolved over the years. Suffice to say that articles today are filled with images . I can only guess they’re there to keep the readers interest or to possibly enhance some point being made. I mean I can’t believe anyone would insert images in the post just for the heck of it. But hey, what do I know?
I started blogging sometime in 2012 and at that time, I had of course read a lot of blogs, but was really unaware of what it might take npt only to write something that might be interesting to others but to get those same other people to come to my site and read, maybe even comment, on my content. Of course it takes a while to build a readership and people won’t stay around if they don’t like your content. Well enough. I had some posts in the first year that I thought were very interesting which received almost no reads. It’s a learning curve which I think those of us left that blog, are still learning because as years go by, what readers want to see changes. All the time.
I thought have a header image was one way of attracting readers to the site. In fact, as I was learning this craft initially, that’s what WordPress “told me” in their tips. So I began inserting images, which I still do. I’m unsure however if these images make anyone want to click on the post itself. Why? I use Twitter as my main advertisement for new posts. As soon as I press “Publish”, not only does the post become public on my site, the title, as well as the header image, is tweeted to the world. The hope again is someone will at least see the image and that may have them click on the tweet to read the post.
When I think about it, I have to say not so much. I’m nt sure of any added value an image has to attracting readers to my site. When I started this blog, there were none and now, like Jack, I’m thinking about going back to the way I started. I used to also have images in with the content, (e.g. a chart) to emphasize a point I was making but I’ve since discovered that it’s easier to just create a link to that kind of information and if anyone is really interested, they on just click n the link.
I think that, at least for a while, I’ll forego even adding a header image, I suspect it won’t make a difference one way or the other.