Let your blog speak for you

 

Blogging isn’t just about text. That is a misunderstanding. Blogging is about creating connection, sharing your value, showing what you’re made off, resonate with your readers, finding new clients, and your blog page is the throbbing heart of your website.

You want to show this in more than just text. You want to let your blog speak for your. You also want your blog to speak to your clients, fans and readers….! With, text, branding and images.

Let your blog speak
Your blog is your reserved spot, the space you’re renting on the internet where your hold conversations with your readers. it is also the place where your readers will have a conversation with you, and with each other. So, it is never about words and text alone. It is all about stories, problems, challenges, frustrations and bumps in the road. And about hope, solutions, happiness, tips, growth and development.

Words speak. No doubt about that. Still, appearance does matter, too! You want to emphasise your story, make your message really clear. What better way to do that by using pictures? Pictures are worth a thousand words. What does that  mean for your blog? How do you select pictures that support and emphasise your blog message? Where do you find those?

My first tip is: learn from others! Never cut and paste, of course, let’s be clear on that. Modelling is the keyword, here. The most important thing about modelling is to consciously look for models that suit your kind of blog. Look at what others do, and then specifically at what really speaks to you, and model that.

I have no formula for that, and perhaps this is a pity, yet I can tell you and show you how I do let my blog speak. I like keeping things simple. Simple is a good start. And a good start is half the battle. so, are you ready?

How can your let your pictures speak?

I use these three free tools:  pixabay + canva + toolur

At www.pixabay.com you can find and download free, copyright free images. You can simple search by keywords, and do a straight download.

You can then upload these to www.canva.com

In Canva you create your own images for your blog. You can save, download, copy, change these… it’s up to you. There is also a paid version of Canva… which I don’t use. I am more than  happy with all the wonderful features in the free version. Canva also has wonderful templates, preset dimensions according to the type of image you wish to share on social media, and this also includes both paid and free, copyright free images, to use however you want to use them.
Canva offers many options, and is extremely user-friendly.

First, you pick a template, then you select the picture that best supports your blog post. Drag the pictures within the Canva template. You can now edit the image to your colour, text, background of choice. I also always add my logo, to create consistent branding.

Below are three examples of images for my blog posts, which I’ve created myself using Canva. This doesn’t cost a lot of time, and ensures unique images, in sync with your blog and without copyright infringement.

These three follow a simple structure:

  • a background
  • a picture
  • a line of text (or 2)
  • 1 logo

My Favourite Plugins

 

Are you ready to write?

 

ClearYour Blog Fog

In Canva you can easily select the right dimensions for your images, for posting on LinkedIn, Facebook Ads, blog posts, Pinterest, Google+, business cards, and many, many more. This makes it a highly useful graphics tool for you. If you’re interested in more examples, then do check out my Pinterest Board “Blogging with Confidence”.

Well, what do you say? Go and get creative for your own blog! I’m also interested in any questions you may have. Drop those in the comments, then I can give you an answer.

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Live, Love & Leave your Legacy
Saskia
xx

 

16 thoughts on “Let your blog speak for you

  1. Kit

    Thank you for your blog. I am standing at the start to show the World who I am. Thank you for sharing that I can do that in word and pictures. Very nice! 😘

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    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      Yes, Kit, in words and pictures, and in your unique way.
      Saskia
      xx

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  2. Marie-José

    Thanks again Saskia xxx
    I didn’t know toolur.

    Pixabay, Canva and last but not least my own pictures 😊

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  3. Barbara

    Thanks for your blog Saskia. I realize that I just have to do it, write my blog. With pictures of course. Canva is a good source en works very easily.
    X Barbara

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    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      That’s a great insight, Barbara: just do it 😉
      Saskia
      xx

      Reply
  4. Veron Goemans

    I am also a big fan from Canva but also from PicMonkey. I love to fröbel with pictures.
    And in Canva you can save three colours which is great for branding.

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    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      Yes, Veron, that’s a good add: PicMonkey. And there are many more ways. Whichever works best for you!
      Saskia
      xx

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    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      That’s a great add, Marielle. Your own pictures are a brilliant source!
      Saskia
      xx

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  5. Ramona Mead

    Great tips (again!) This is another area where I’ve noticed a huge increase in engagement with my posts when I put more effort into images.

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    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      Thank you for sharing that images are helping your engagement. It’s true!
      Saskia
      xx

      Reply
  6. Julia Neiman

    I like that you have that consistency with the geometric shape for your graphics. I’m just in the midst of branding on a deeper level so this is a good tip.

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    1. Saskia van de Riet Post author

      Thanks for your compliment, Julia. I wish you all the best with your deeper level branding!
      Saskia
      xx

      Reply

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