Yes, Your Blog Photo Matters

If I were a mean person (or completely anonymous) I would love to post some of the photos of bloggers I have come across lately. But alas, I am neither mean nor anonymous, so you are going to have to take my word for it.

The quickest way to scare a reader away from your site, is to put a picture of yourself on your blog that is completely unflattering.  I know this seems like common sense, but trust me, it’s not.  I have seen some real doozies lately and all I can hear in my mind, when I see them, is Jenny yelling “Run Forest! Run!”

Listen, you and me, we’ve been talking about this whole blogging thing for a while now.  I’ve given you some pretty good advice and you’ve started to implement some of these ideas on your site and it’s a win-win for everybody.  But I don’t care how awesome your header is or how relevant your content is, if you have a picture of yourself, in a costume from a Halloween 15 years ago, then Houston, we have a problem.

You’ve heard the old adage, a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well, sister, it’s true on your blog too.  The picture you choose of yourself, says A LOT about you, particularly to new readers.

You want your picture to convey the message about your blog.  Is it inviting?  Funny?  Irreverent?  Serious?  Happy?

Now ask the question, “Are you?”

If you are trying to say one thing with your writing and advertising something else with your photo, I highly doubt your return traffic numbers are going to be very high.

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Uh, yeah.

What’s that you say?  You don’t have a good picture of yourself?  Well then, get one.  A cropped photo of yourself from last Easter isn’t gonna cut it.  Call your church and ask your youth pastor if there is a kid in his youth group who likes photography.  Call a friend to come over and take a good, well-lighted photo of you in your backyard.  Go down to Olin Mills and get a picture of yourself taken.  (Does that even exist anymore?)

What I’m trying to say is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on a photo shoot.

What you DO have to do is take a picture that captures your essence.  A nice smile.  Make-up.  Do your hair, for Pete’s dragon!

You might think the picture of you with a scowl is funny but………’s not.  Your blog is you putting your best out there for all to read.

Why not look your best when those readers stop by for a visit?

You can do this!

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Comments (4)

  1. Reply Caleb

    Oh man I have lots of pictures of myself on my blog. Now I want to go back and check to make sure they don’t look too bad.

    1. Reply Debi Stangeland

      Yeah, not those pictures. I mean your main picture that shows who you are. You have your family and it’s GREAT! You’ve got this one dialed in!

  2. Reply Alena Belleque

    This is so true, and currently a real frustrating sticking point for me. 🙁 For “reasons” I had to cut off all my hair to completely shaved last winter, and my poor hair is still recovering. I don’t look bad, exactly, but I can’t stand my hair like it is now, and I don’t look like ME at all. 🙁 I’m doing all the backend stuff to launch a new blog this fall, and I am torn about what to put for my author photo. It’s not just that I don’t like it like this, though I think that matters. It’s that I don’t think I really look like myself, and when you don’t, that does communicate something to readers who don’t know you in person. I just don’t know what to do. 🙁

    1. Reply Debi Stangeland

      Thanks for the input Alena. I say put up a photo where you feel like you look good. Even if it’s an older photo, it will still communicate who you are to your readers. When you feel like your current look is up to par, take a new photo and upload it. You go girl!!

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