Blogging Mistake #16: Having Poor Quality Images
Another mistake that newbie bloggers make is not putting effort into creating quality images. “But I’m a writer, not a photographer or graphic designer!” I get it. However, humans really are visual creatures. Attractive images capture our attention. We also tend to judge a book by its cover. Your blog post image is the cover. It is well worth it to spend a bit of time learning how to create images that will hook your readers long enough for them to decide if they want to click on the post. After that, it is your words that will get them to stay.
Homework: Check out some of the photo editing and graphic design tools that I recommend in my own list of resources here >>
Canva is one of the most popular photo editing programs with bloggers because it is so easy to use. Canva is free, although power users may wish to upgrade to the subscription-based Canva for Work version, which costs $12.95 per month.
PicMonkey is a fantastic photo editing and design tool that is quite easy for beginners to learn and use. Whether you’re editing the photos you take on your phone or DSLR, or creating collages for your blog posts (and Pinterest), PicMonkey is a great all-around tool. The basic edition of PicMonkey is free, or you can upgrade to the premium version that includes all of the bells and whistles for $4.99 per month (or less if you pre-pay for a year).
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Blogging is a written platform, so it’s important for bloggers to pay special emphasis to things like grammar. I don’t profess to know all of the writing rules, but Grammarly is a massive help on this front. I use the free version, which corrects 250 mistakes (such as spelling, incorrect word usage, comma placement, and grammar) and works on any web-based program, including WordPress, Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter.
Even if you don’t actively use a Pinterest account, that doesn’t mean that your blog readers don’t have one. Without a pin-sized image for each blog post, you’re making it really difficult for your readers to save your blog to their Pinterest boards. So, just get a Pinterest account… You know that Pinterest button you see on tons of sites when you hover your cursor over a picture? Yeah, that button makes it super duper simple to pin an image from your site onto Pinterest.