Make Your Post a Work of Art

C.D. MooreStarred Page By C.D. Moore, 1st Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Writing>Tips

Often when browsing the posts on Wikinut, I've been confronted with big blocks of text which seem to stop me from wanting to read further. Any one else feel the same........?

Why pictures?

Moving around the Wikinut site I've noticed a lot of really good writing on interesting topics that I don't feel inspired to read because it is presented in big dense blocks with little or no white space and small, if any pictures.

When I first started writing here I also had resistance to breaking up my poem or article with pictures. Simultaneously I saw that the poems and articles that won stars had numerous big pictures braking up the text. Truthfully, I was a bit offended. I felt that , after all this is a site for writers so why should pictures matter so much

A Visual Perspective

I have come to understand that reading online is different from reading a book. People want to absorb information quickly and easily when they are online and with as little strain to the eyes as possible.

Thus , the pictures, They give the eyes a break and the brain a chance to digest information before moving on. If they are wisely chosen, pictures can enhance the understanding of the information conveyed.

A well chosen video can also provide a visual break while providing additional information from corroborative sources for those who are interested in knowing more.

Make Your Post a Work of Art

Even poetry can be broken up into stanzas interspersed with pictures or music videos to read by creating a varied experience and enhancing the readers understanding of the meaning or feeling.

By all means check the spelling and the grammar of your piece, but also sit back and do a visual scan . Is the text balanced with white space? Have you highlighted your main points with bold or italics? And do the pictures illustrate your meaning and add beauty to your post?





Why not share your thoughts at Wikinut.com

Tags

Cdmoore, How To, Writing Online

Meet the author

author avatar C.D. Moore
I write about spirituality, health, psychology, and ecology. Usually in poetic form (my 1st love) but now I'm venturing into the world of
articles. Exciting!

Share this page

moderator Steve Kinsman moderated this page.
If you have any complaints about this content, please let us know

Comments

author avatar Helen Thomas
1st Jul 2014 (#)

Great information ~ C.D. Thanks for sharing.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
1st Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Helen!

Reply to this comment

author avatar spirited
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Yes, it's hard to change, especially for those who used to write for other sites, where pictures were not allowed initially.

It does increase the time to complete an article too.

I used to like to just write, publish it, and then write again.

Now, I must find the right pictures to add, it takes time away from my writing.

I jest around a bit here though and I take all of the points on board what you have said here C.D. Moore.

A picture might tell a thousand words, but I hope my words are still more important than the pictures are! LOL

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

I also take your point,Spirited and used to feel as you did, but now I think especially online the more senses we include the better. Next is smell. lol

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

And your words are worth a thousand pictures!

Reply to this comment

author avatar brendamarie
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Most of the site I write add their own pictures or don't allow picture.
I am finding hard myself. But, you learn new things everyday.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Delicia Powers
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Beautifully shared C.D...

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you, Delicia.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Well said CD & Spirited! Adding pictures takes longer, but shows effort and pays off with stars and more views.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl. I agree.

Reply to this comment

author avatar snerfu
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Great, now I get the picture...good article Ms Moore.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Love your witty comments,Snerfu.Thanks

Reply to this comment

author avatar cnwriter..carolina
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

yes big smatterings end up nowhere...adding pics adds to the glory of the page...good piece my friend...

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina

Reply to this comment

author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Over time I have learned to have a good mix of words and pictures though to get hold of appropriate images has not been easy. Thanks C D Moore for a good post - siva

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

I know finding the right one that is also in the public in the public domain is a challenge sometimes. Thanks Siva!

Reply to this comment

author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

There can be no disagreement of what you wrote. Our span of attention is getting shorter by the day.
Pics will help to regain our focus in a blog.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Yes, a shame about the attention span,GV.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Utah Jay
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

I agree with you, I like pictures and music in a post, but I must learn how to add the music...Thank you for your visits.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment Utah Jay. Mark has written an article on how to embed you tube articles into your posts.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Carol
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Great tips and pics, many thanks.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol!

Reply to this comment

author avatar brendamarie
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Great advice thank-you

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
7th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Brendamarie!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Joyce Singha
11th Jul 2014 (#)

Excellent advice. That big block of words looks very scary indeed. It's not just online reading but people have somehow forgotten to break up their work.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Jul 2014 (#)

Yes I agree. Thanks for your comment,Joyce.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Rajnandini
16th Jul 2014 (#)

It is nice .actually it is true facts.that is a very beautiful painting

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Jul 2014 (#)

I love that painting too. Thanks,Rajnandini.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Kingwell
27th Jul 2014 (#)

I can't seem to get the knack of posting pictures and videos.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
28th Jul 2014 (#)

Your stories create their own pictures Kingwell, but pictures do attract more readers I think and we all want to be read or we wouldn't be here.

Reply to this comment

author avatar Etc.
1st Aug 2014 (#)

I love that it is possible to add pictures here, almost at will but, I confess, I don't quite understand yet exactly how to do it. I need to experiment. If I read correctly, anything I post here becomes wikinuts property. Is that right?

Your pictures, especially your journal, are so lovely. I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
16th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Etc. I think you are right about the property.

Reply to this comment

author avatar reg430
3rd Sep 2014 (#)

Don't you think, C.
D. Moore, that we have to be careful with pictures?. If they are ones we painted or ones we took with our camera (to a degree, and we have permission to take a picture of that site, then great.) We cannot forget copyright laws. So I am all for the paintings and the pictures if we are artists - that is, we have the talent to paint, etc. If not, we need to remember someone out there has a copyright to that painting we love, and we have to get permission before we add them to our work.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
4th Sep 2014 (#)

Yes,agree, but you don't have to paint your own. There is a wealth of copyright free pictures at wikimedia commons and google images, public domain you do have to check the source though.

Reply to this comment

author avatar reg430
4th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you. People just have to be careful, though. Before I would begin a class, teachers would be at the copy machines, copying pages, images, etc. and we were always told to remember and be wary of the copyright law.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
9th Sep 2014 (#)

Yes I agree!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
9th Sep 2014 (#)

Great article! Thank you for sharing it. I've had trouble putting pictures on this site but I will figure it out. So many people put beautiful pictures with their articles. I love all the pictures.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
9th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Nancy!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Elaine Rose G Nachon
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank Ms Moore! I feel happy my first article was accepted for publication. Yet, I guess it's one of what you referred to as having 'dense text block'. I'll try to use more pictures next time.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
10th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks for visiting Elaine and good luck with your writting!

Reply to this comment

author avatar Athlyn
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

Very good information and very apt.

Reply to this comment

author avatar C.D. Moore
22nd Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Athlyn

Reply to this comment

Add a comment
Username
Can't login?
Password