The last thing I think about when writing a blog post

I’ve been writing a lot lately. I’ve been writing more than usual. The last thing on my mind, is to find images that fit the words I’ve written. It’s been like the time, when I wrote a blog post asking my readers if I need to use images in my blog posts? The feedback was mostly that images are too important not to be included. I agree. But, on the other hand, when I write, it’s just me and my words. I never think about the images I should be using.

I don’t know why. Because, everytime I write, I picture exactly what I’m writing. I can see myself walking outside in the darkness, and I can see myself watching her – it doesn’t matter if I’m inside watching the words on a screen. I’m always the main character of the story – even if I’m lurking in the shadows. But, it’s more like I’m starring in a movie.

The same thing is happening to me when I’m listening to music. It starts with the first sound, and as soon as the first instrument starts playing, my mind starts drifting away.

I’m listening to a song right now, it’s called Skinny Love by Birdy, and when I hear her soft voice singing; Come on skinny love just last the year. Pour a little salt we were never here. I imagine myself, standing in the shadows, looking at her, telling myself to be patient. I just need to wait, and everything will be ok.

Sometimes, it feels that I’m actually doing it, because it’s who I am. Sometimes, it feels like I’m forcing myself to let go.

I want you to focus on my words, and I want you to remember my story. That’s why I really don’t want to use stock photos or anything other than my own photos.

I’d like to come up with a blog post, and then go outside with my camera, and take the “perfect” photo. I’d like to do everything. I’d like to create the complete blog post. I want it to be 100% my work.

That’s why I have decided to use my own photos from now on. If it’s not my own photo, I won’t use an image. That’s exactly why this post doesn’t have one included.

  • Ed King

    I think it’s a great idea to also take the creativity to a new level, stock photos fill the spot your own images deliver personality.

    I just recently posted a blog post with no image, I figured since I wasn’t writing about specific work of my own I didn’t feel the need to fill the space with just any generic image.

  • Mark Ford

    Hi Jens

    For me the main issue with not using an image is that when your posts are shared on other websites that website wouldn’t be able to pull through a thumbnail of an image from your site probably leading to a lower CTR.

    Its for that reason I always try and find an image to use, no matter how generic.

  • Lori Ruff

    A very courageous stand… One that will at you apart even further my friend!

  • Aliza

    I am agreed with you. Well, writing a blog post is a pretty difficult task. There are many things that should be focused while writing the blog post.

  • Summer

    Novice here! If I use photos, it’s always been my own. I don’t always use photos but I wonder if my musings are just a diary versus a blog.
    I gain a follower one…at…a…time. Truly, it’s been that slow.
    The good news: I write because I love to laugh at my life and remember the loves.
    Love “The last thing I think about”. It makes me pause. What am I doing right or wrong?

  • http://daringblogger.com Jeevan Jacob John

    That is a great idea, Jens.

    I wanted to do that – primarily because I was looking to improve my photography skills…I did improve it last year, and I still want to improve it, but, I can’t

    I do have a camera but I lost the memory card. So, I have to either buy a memory card or buy a new camera soon (I’ve been saying this for a while now…so I think I am just making an excuse).

    Sometimes, I forget. It’s not one of those priority things, you know…just write the blog post, find a good image and so forth (why go through all of it?).

    But, a camera is in my list (it’s going to be one of the first things I am going to buy once I make some out of my new blog :D)

    But, I have made other improvements – Instead of using an image from online, I created one..not photography though…drew the images in an online painter app…well, technically wrote, since I was just writing welcome (For the first post) and thank you (for commenting).

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    Thank you Lori.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    That’s exactly what I’ve been thinking Ed. I am not a professional, and most of my photos might not be any good, but they’ll be delivering personality. I’ll have a story behind the images, and they’ll be part of the blog post. I’ll deliver that story as well.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    Thanks for your feedback Aliza.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    That’s great Jeevan. Many of the pictures I use is taken with my iPhone. The reason I use it a lot is that it’s always with me. I have a good camera as well, but it’s mostly at home or at the office, and when I find something interesting, it’s never with me.

    I probably should plan to take pictures and use my good camera. I really need to improve my photography skills as well :)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    Hi Summer,

    I am not a good photographer, not at all. But, I do my best and take pictures whenever I find something interesting. I also gain a follower one at a time. I really enjoy having conversations with people and get to know like-minded people.

    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving a comment Summer.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    I have been thinking about that too Mark. And, I have been looking at various solutions (like a plugin) that will share a default image on social media sites. So far, I haven’t added the solution to my blog, but that’s something I’ll be doing soon.

  • http://www.daringblogger.com Jeevan Jacob John

    I have heard about iPhone camera…how is it (quality-wise)?

    I don’t use smartphones (not a fan…I like my laptop better), so don’t know much about the quality of the cameras (but, I have seen it though..both of my parents use smartphones – one android and one iPhone :D).

    Good luck with that :D

  • http://adriennesmith.net/ Adrienne

    You’ve got a huge step up on us Jens. The words flow so easily for you and you’re a great photographer. That combination is going to kill the rest of us plus you live someplace that’s beautiful. I’m jealous already.

    I would love to include my own photos but you know I write about blogging so going outside and taking a photo that would fit my post just isn’t going to happen. I live in the city and most of my scenery isn’t picture worthy either.

    Oh well, I’d love to do that anyway but you really can’t go wrong when you use your own stuff.

    Good luck.

    ~Adrienne

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    Hi Adrienne,

    Thank you for your kind words. But, I don’t agree that I’m a great photographer. Well, I’m not that confident when it comes to writing either. But, I keep doing it, and I believe by working hard, I’ll get better at it. You should take your own photos, I’d love to see more about where you live and what you’re doing. Just add a few sentences explaining the pictures.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    The camera is good, but it’s not as good as a “real” camera. But, for me, it’s more than ok. The quality of the pictures are usually good enough to use on my blog or to show to my friends and family, and that’s mostly why I am using it.

  • http://www.daringblogger.com Jeevan Jacob John

    Hmm.

    Well, as long as it serves the purpose, it’s all good, right? :D

    I am planning to get a smartphone (not sure..I really don’t want to depend on something else other than my laptop). So, I will try it out.

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    It serves a purpose, but I am spending way too much time using my smartphone. I am not as productive as I should be. So, you better think twice before you buy one :)

  • Cherrie McKenzie

    I too use my own pictures and have found it is not that hard to do if you put a little thought into it. Recently did a feature on being a “Connector” and used a necklace that had white notches on both sides and a big black notch in the middle, on a gold gift bag background. It got the point across just fine and took 5 minutes:

    Have been VERY glad to have you on my twitter feed by the way!!

  • Jeevan Jacob John

    The only reason I would want a smartphone is for blogging (there are little tidbits of time within my day..which I think I could use for brainstorming or scheduling an update and so forth).

    Of course, things don’t always go according to plan ;)

    Thanks for the warning, Jens…perhaps I need to think over it ;)

  • http://slymarketing.com Jens-Petter Berget

    I’m not using my iPhone as much for blogging anymore. Now, I’m approving comments and I’m using Evernote a lot to add notes, and I’m using OmniFocus for all my projects (and to-do lists).

    And, of course, I’m using it to take pictures for my blog posts.

  • Jeevan Jacob John

    Oh, okay :D

    I got a smartphone last week (it’s windows, so it doesn’t that many apps, compared to Android and iOS).

    I downloaded Evernote, along with some other apps (Twitter client and so forth). The best thing is that I can reply back sooner (to mentions and shares). Saves me a lot of time :D