Image, Baby

Life seems to me to be a long journey through trying to understand, thinking you understand, to realising you’re wrong. Or maybe that’s just me faced with the ever-evolving online world?

I thought being an author meant obsessing about words. It does. But I’m now convinced that if being an author means having an online presence, then an author also has to think visually. Images as well as words enter our toolbox. And if you’re not convinced of the role of images in social mediaΒ then this post from the Social Media Examiner is a must read. Should I haul out the old cliche? A picture is worth a thousand words.

It's Love, Dude is my latest graphic design toy — it’s free! The templates are handy for the graphically challenged [insert photo of me πŸ˜‰ ] Β I like the results and have updated my FB and G+ profile banners using it.

Speaking of G+, my page there is a good example of how images are now the predominant casual-share. To catch people’s attention, you need a picture. Social media platforms are restructuring to channel you along that path.

Just as soon as I get a little time (my writing schedule is all to hell and gone after this summer ) I intend to revise my social media strategy to offer a coherent image-rich presence across all the (way too many) social media I use.

How do you use images in your online communications? Do you follow anyone who you think uses them particularly well?

9 Replies to “Image, Baby”

  1. Can't say I'm talented on the cake decorating front either, Jenny but the recipes you mention on occasion sound divine. Interesting how many artistically inclined people like to bake / cook.

    1. Yes, but look at you! You're SELF-PUBLISHED and rocking with Entangled. I need to be more like you and WRITE — capitalising everything because I'm annoyed with my procrastination skills πŸ˜‰

  2. Something else to think about. I hardly thing the world would be interested in pics of my mediocre attempts at cake decorating. LOL Must do research. πŸ™‚

  3. Thanks for the recommendation. I can't think of any specific authors, but I know that images attract me first when it comes to blog posts or Facebook.

    1. Canva is great, Shelley — and the same afternoon I joined, they emailed me and we had a chat. Now, that's super customer service. I suggested a Google Plus template and they said they were working on a ton of stuff. Awesome! So easy to use.

      I'm like you: Images grab my attention.