One of the “best practices” of blogging and creating web content is to include graphics and images. It’s like a Blogging Commandment: Thou shalt not plagiarize. Thou shalt always using subheadings. Thou shalt add a picture. Okay, maybe it’s not carved in stone, but adding images to your blog posts is something that many people, myself included, recommend. There are a few reasons for this.
- It gives the reader something to glance at and get a feel for the piece. Most people are scanning when they first get to your website. An image is something that can attract (and keep) their attention.
- An image you use in a blog post will show up on social media when you share a link to the blog. Images get a lot more attention on social media – Twitter or Facebook – than text alone.
- A high quality graphic gives you something to share to Pinterest or upload to Instagram.
PicMonkey and Photo Editing WebsitesIn a previous post, we shared where you could get free images to use on your blog. You found the perfect image but you want to make it a little more special. Maybe you want to change it a black and white image or add the title of your post. You could spend hundreds of dollars on photo-editing software or hire a graphic artist. Or you could do it yourself online. My personal favorite is PicMonkey because as someone with zero graphic skills, I was able to figure it out in less than 10 minutes. When you go to the site, you have options – edit an image, touch up, design something, or create a collage of multiple pictures. Once you’ve uploaded your image, the options feel limitless:
- Crop, resize, change the colors, rotate the image
- Add effects like a focal point, softening, dark edges, and more.
- Touch up with blemish fix, red eye remover, even weight loss
- Add text
- Add graphics, other images, and even symbols like arrows or hearts
- Add a frame around your image
- Add textures like light trails and water to a blank background
- Create a graphic using a theme like School or Vampires