Pinterest and Instagram

Not everyone likes being sociable on social media. Despite their popularity as “social media platforms,” Pinterest and Instagram are not known for encouraging deep and engaging conversations. I imagine that’s a good bit of their appeal; whereas Facebook and Twitter success depend on building relationships, this is somewhat less important on Pinterest and Instagram. It would, however, be a mistake Read More …

Images Motivate Readers to Share

“Great images” don’t have to be slick, magazine-quality, professional photos. But if you want people to share your posts, learn to make or find illustrations that increase the odds by 50% or more. Read More …

Why ALT and TITLE Tags Matter

You understand the importance of including colorful, eye-catching images on your blog posts. But do you know why you should go to the extra effort to add alt and title tags, or attributes, to the image tag? These attributes provide important, additional information about your image in plain text format. The alt attribute gives information about what Read More …

Not All Shareworthy Images & Text Are Destined to Become Memes

We all want to “create a meme” or “publish viral content.” But it’s like creating “literary classics.” You don’t create “literary classics”; you write great stories and hope they stand the test of time. You hope that people like them enough to share them. You hope that a lot of people like them enough to Read More …

Blog Image and Data Visualization Challenge

Good morning! Join me for coffee? I have a new, personal challenge for this week – and I’m inviting you all to join me. The challenge is to add visual appeal and interest to my communications (not just in blogging). It’s no secret that I like words. I have nothing against charts and pretty pictures Read More …

I Searched for Images of Awesome

I searched for images of “awesome” and found… the definition of it. A year ago, I thought Getty Images was the overpriced Rolls-Royce of stock imagery – the unattainable ideal of world-class, top-of-the-line photographic illustration. It felt exclusive and stuffy and snobbish. Rightfully so; good stock photography is not easy, or cheap, and I am Read More …

One Weird Blogging Tip: Links, Images, and Tooltips

Do you know basic HTML? Do you know how to create a link that doesn’t involve clicking the Insert/Edit Link button? If you are not afraid to venture into your blog’s HTML editor or Text tab, here’s a short tutorial on creating links that include “tooltips” (additional text that appears in a little box when you Read More …

Fair Warning and a Picture of the Deadly Black Jalapeno

The growth-stunted angry black jalapeno rips off its innocuous tiny white flower to burst into being as an angry red nubbin about the size of a baby ladybug. That’s how I look when people plagiarize my stuff, by the way. Read More …