I am but a Baby Blogger myself, but now I’m a Baby Blogger with a small network of blogging friends I can talk about awesome blog things with. While my friends blog about babies, I do not. I mean “Baby Blogger” as in junior, fresh, young, the little league. If my blog looks like it’s been around the block a few times, that’s because I strongly believe in fake it ’til you make it. Today, friends, we’re going to talk a little bit about blog photos and pinnable images.
Side note: How many times can I say “blog” in one post? Let’s see! 😉
The blogging industry–yes, it’s a real industry– is highly visual. Pinterest is a (if not THE) top tool to share your content; it could be the driving force behind a viral post. You want people to pin those images.
In the world of blogging, it has been found that:
- colorful images are better than monochromatic images
- bright images are better than dark images
- warm colors are more likely to be pinned than cool colors
- close-up shots are better than panoramic shots
- pins without faces are more likely to be pinned
- size matters: the ideal size for a pinnable image is 6oo pixels wide
- quality matters: dark, grainy images with bad lighting, or blurry subjects aren’t allowed in our clubhouse
If your image has a text description please make sure the font is readable, and please for the love of cake don’t use impact, or comic sans. Unless, of course, you’re doing it ironically.
My favorite tool to use for designing cover photos is Canva. The majority of the design elements are free, and the ones that aren’t are only a dollar each. I haven’t paid for one thing yet.
My favorite image design resources
If you think I take all of my blog photos myself, you’re in for a surprise. While I do take a lot of them myself, I use stock photos where my own photos fall short. As I said, I’m just a Baby Blogger. Let me tell ya, nothing has made me want to get off my butt and learn photography more.
Free Stock photo resources
- http://bossfight.co/ <–favorite
If you’ve already got a photography background you’re already a few steps ahead of me in the game. For the stock photos you borrow, please don’t forget to leave credit where credit is due. Not all stock photos require attribution, so please pay attention to what they ask of you on the source page.
Any of my awesome, photography-loving gal pals got any photos for me to borrow? *wink wink* Lauren? Cheyenne?
If you‘ve got any relevant resources or tips please spill the beans in the comments!
PS, the answer is 16 times.