Do you use stock photos when you blog?
A friend’s post yesterday mentioned he takes time to search for a stock photo to supplement his posts. This made me wonder about my own blog:
Would a stock photo be useful for me?
I tend to not use stock photos; if I use anything at all, it’s my own images which I typically take with my phone.
But most of my posts don’t include any images.
I pondered about this as I sipped my second coffee. While I scrolled through my reader I suddenly saw an image I had seen before. This one:
The image looked really familiar. I searched my brain and realized why: another blogger I follow had used this image before. Maybe a few months ago?
Here is it:
So my questions today for you are these:
- What is the value of stock photos?
- Do you, when you seek out blog posts to read, look for images first?
- If not images, what do you look for that make you want to read something?
For me, I tend to flip flop all over the place when it comes to reading blogs and looking at images. 🙃
Some days I really like looking at the various photos people choose to supplement their blog posts. But I tend to like the unique, self-taken ones better than the stock photos.
Other days, I want a title that hooks me, that seduces me to want to read more, and not an image.
On the topic of titles:
I tend to skip over dates in titles – I don’t care what date you wrote the post, I want to know something of interest you will be talking about. (I fail at this occasionally too – coming up with good titles is time consuming and I don’t always have the brain power to deal with this.)
In terms of whether or not to use stock photos – I’m neither here nor there about them. I personally don’t like to use generic photos on my unique words, but stock photos don’t deter me from reading your words.
I don’t know if any of this makes sense. I tend to not make much sense by the time June, and end of school, arrives… 🙄
But let’s stay with this topic for a moment. Allow me to illustrate my point:
The above stock picture was chosen by two different blogger and for two different reasons.
The first blogger, AintLifeGrand101, chose that image because it evoked a romantic, sexual idea to her. She is inviting us to imagine her own feet in the picture, then further discusses how satisfied she is in her new relationship.
The other blogger chose that same image to illustrate a completely different notion: exhaustion (work and illness related). He titled it 12 Hours Sleep.
That stock picture is generic enough that it suits both topics. Don’t you think?