Images are important in the blogging world in general, for obvious reasons — they grab attention, convey emotion or information quickly and economically, and give instant impressions about a blog and its message. It’s interesting to me that among book bloggers, there are minimalists who use few or no images, perhaps (quite logically) choosing to focus on words in this literary corner of the blogosphere. Then there are those who use dozens of them, with the text more in the mode of captions to the images. And naturally, there are all kinds of variations in between these extremes.
My personal preference is for some images — I do like to see at least a book cover to give me a visual “hook” for a review, for example. And I love photo essays about bookish travel or other visual topics. However, when images are too random, busy, or distracting it turns me off. I have to confess that I can’t stand seeing tons of GIFs and will navigate away from posts that have more than two or three. Sorry, GIF lovers!
In my own posts, I always include at least one image — a book cover or post type graphic, if nothing else. Sometimes I use more, if I feel the post needs it, but it takes so much time to locate, download, resize, place, and otherwise deal with multiple images that often I don’t bother.
Which leads me to the stupid technical questions I want to ask. How do all of you bloggers who have such neatly organized images on your posts do it? Do you use a plugin? Or do you have to place each image manually? If so, do you have suggestions for how to do this? I know that having images that are too large is a problem for site loading times. Do you have a method for dealing with this? Again, is there a way to streamline it or do you have to do each one individually?
Here’s an example of a blog post that has book cover images arranged in different ways. I know how to resize and place images in a single row, but it’s so tedious and time-consuming. And I have no idea how to get the collage-like effect. Help!
What are your tips for dealing with images? And what are your personal preferences? Do you find images an unnecessary distraction, or are they an essential part of your blogging style? What do you like to see (or not) on other blogs?
Linked in the Book Blogger Discussion challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight.