Do photographs speak louder than words?

Greece
January 25, 2017 9:12am CST
I enjoy writing posts here and always endeavour to find a free image to accompany it. Sometimes it take ages to do find an image to match the subject. As I write the posts quite quickly I spend more of my time looking for the image than writing the post. I’ve been checking through posts that others write and was surprised to find that a very high percentage of them do not have an image. So now I am wondering if I would spend my time better writing two posts without inserting an image. The problem is that I enjoy posts with images, particularly if they are personal photographs. If I have no comment to make sometimes the photo itself enables me to add a sentence or two. I expect I will continue to add pictures because they do enhance a piece of short writing, but perhaps less often…
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@LadyDuck (152185)
• Switzerland
25 Jan 17
I always add an image, because I know that I like to see discussions with photos, especially if the photos are taken by the author of the post.
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• Greece
25 Jan 17
I enjoy author's photos especially of their home environment, it adds to my perception of them.
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@LadyDuck (152185)
• Switzerland
26 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad This is what I like more, it allows us to see other places.
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@sabtraversa (12985)
• Italy
25 Jan 17
Since I discovered images can draw more attention to a discussion, I always try to add them. However I end up uploading irrelevant images, just for the sake of having some.
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@JohnRoberts (54381)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Jan 17
Yes, it's all about drawing attention to posts.
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
You could always add something from nature that is eye catching, there are lots of free images of flowers.
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@rebelann (39680)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Jan 17
It's all about interpretation. I'm not really a very good writer, I don't have that kind of mind but I do enjoy taking pictures and most of the time it's my pictures that inspire me to write.
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• Greece
25 Jan 17
And very often your dogs. I always like posts about dogs and cats, it is something I can relate to and comment upon.
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@rebelann (39680)
• El Paso, Texas
25 Jan 17
It is the same with me @41CombedaleRoad plus I love when I see pictures of pets other people post.
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@RasmaSandra (16998)
• Riga, Latvia
25 Jan 17
Do you have your own photos in your PC to add? If so you can make a list previously with those you might like to share and then just add them to your post. I always write my posts on Word and save them so as I write I have time to look up photos before I post.
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• Greece
25 Jan 17
I do have photos but sometimes my post changes with the writing so I wait until it is finished and up before I edit and add a photo generally speaking. Most of my photos of not of much interest I am afraid, they are mostly of the pets and the garden.
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@bluesa (13427)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
25 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad , I like to only put photos that I have taken with my posts, if at all possible. Otherwise, I am a worrywart. But, yes, images do add to posts.
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• Greece
25 Jan 17
I wish I took more photos, I just have not got into the habit of doing so.
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@nomus24g (22205)
• India
25 Jan 17
It garnishes the words in the discussion..so a combination of both is great
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• Greece
25 Jan 17
I agree, both is best.
• United States
26 Jan 17
I think it depends on the photo and what you're trying to say. There are tons out there that don't need words to get their points across like the photo of the vulture and little girl that was taken in 1993 by Kevin Carter. Or the photo was taken of a man that was set on fire. There is a whole documentary on Kevin Carter and the group he was with at the time and about photojournalism.
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
Often the smartest photos are just not for use on this kind of a site. I wish the photo came first to mind and the post afterwards, but in my case it is the post first and then a hunt for an image.
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• United States
29 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad I normally only post photos that I take. I have a lot that I still need to edit before I post.
@reskyyandi (3691)
• Indonesia
26 Jan 17
picture make us more interesting than speak and word
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
Perhaps we should take more interesting selfies, we can have them for free.
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• Indonesia
28 Jan 17
@celticeagle (117728)
• Boise, Idaho
26 Jan 17
I like pictures on the posts too. But, I have had such a terrible time finding pictures. I have also had a lot of bad feelings as far as the laws go on photo copyright. I just have decided not to use them anymore. Not worth the stress.
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
We have to be careful, there are limited choices for us because we get paid (altho very little). I am not looking for photos right now unless they are personal ones because it is getting near to the end of the month and I am a little short of my goal.
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@celticeagle (117728)
• Boise, Idaho
27 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad .....I just gave up on it. It gets frustrating trying to find something that is free to use. I don't have access to pictures of my own.
@allknowing (63387)
• India
26 Jan 17
It is rare that I do not add images to my post. Images do make a difference.
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
It is annoying if they are big images as they take time to come through on my computer.
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@allknowing (63387)
• India
27 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad You can reduce the size and then upload
@JudyEv (121239)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jan 17
I don't know that it makes much difference really, as you say, but I always try to add a photo. Luckily we both takes lots of photos now and I'll often take an appropriate one just before or after writing about a subject. Sometimes I'll just use a 'flora' photo if I have nothing else.
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
As I love flowers they enhance every post for me when I see them.
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@JudyEv (121239)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Jan 17
@41CombedaleRoad I think most people quite like seeing a nice flower photo.
@Corbin5 (103085)
• United States
25 Jan 17
I like to add images to my posts. The image does aid comprehension, so I have images on all my posts.
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
I enjoy for posts and your images. Keep up the good work.
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@Corbin5 (103085)
• United States
27 Jan 17
@averygirl72 (16655)
• Philippines
26 Jan 17
Photos add beauty and make the post more interesting
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
for the author as well as the reader don't you think?
@BelleStarr (37667)
• United States
26 Jan 17
Lately, I have written quite a few posts without photos but mostly I do include a photo. However, I read articles regardless of whether they have a photo or not especially since many are not original to the writer.
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• Greece
27 Jan 17
Sometimes the photos are a witty expression of the post so whether it is the author's photo or not I still enjoy them.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
25 Jan 17
I personally enjoy using photo's to go with my posts. I always use them. Yes it takes some time but I think it's worth it. =)
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• Greece
25 Jan 17
Thank you Jennifer, I am trying to work out if it is worth it although like you I enjoy using photos.
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@Platespinner (16512)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
25 Jan 17
I try to use photos as much as I can, but there are times when I simply don't have a suitable image. Images that don't relate to the post that they are used to illustrate baffle me, but that's a personal preference.
• Greece
27 Jan 17
Some subject that we write about just don't have suitable images, so it is best to let the space be filled with an advert on those occasions.
@MALUSE (39190)
• Germany
25 Jan 17
I'm not attracted by posts without an image or without a photo showing the member or an avatar.
• Greece
25 Jan 17
I have to admit that I had to look back on various posts in order to see the ratio between those with photos and those without. When I read an interesting post I don't always recall whether there was an image with it or not.
• United States
26 Jan 17
I think photos add to the post - of couse, some use photos that have nothing to do with the post which is a turn off.
@AJAYSAXENA (1945)
• Hyderabad, India
25 Jan 17
Yes i too agree with you even i do like inserting pics into blog but due to lack of photography skills i decide not to include pic but for few pic i do use them