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Use of Images and Video – Adding Personal Touches to Your Blog

Posted By Darren Rowse 15th of December 2006 Miscellaneous Blog Tips 12

200612112158Earlier today I wrote about how adding a Byline to a blog helped increase the personal interactions between blogger and reader.

At around the same time we added a photo the blogger I was working with to the top of his sidebar and wrote a one sentence line introducing who he was and what his blog was about. We also added a second ‘about page’ (so he ended up with an about page for his blog and a personal about page – similar to the way I’ve done it here at ProBlogger). His personal about page had more pictures of him.

Once again – the feedback from readers was immediate. Not only did they have a name to connect posts to but a face.

I noticed a similar thing on the few times that I’ve experimenting with video blogging here at ProBlogger. I was amazed by the number of comments left on video blogs and the way that people responded in very positive ways. I really need to find more time for more video.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  1. I would look forward to an education in video blogging from you if it’s in the cards. Thanks for all the help.

  2. A picture of yourself is a good idea, but what if one is not as photogenic as one would like? I say, who cares! This is the internet. Myspace has ugly people all over it; still it gets all kinds of traffic.


  3. I have two profile pages.

    The first is the standard Blogger profile page which people will see if they come via a comment I have made on another Blogger Blog.

    I also have navigation tabs that link to a more full “about me” my forum and books. Now that I’ve read your post I may add more photos to the about me page. I have a photo of me with my dogs on the blog and a more ‘professional’ photo on the about me page.

    I include my title under the photo on the blog page

    My tip for increasing traffic
    I have another tip for increasing traffic to blogs. I often add a title to my comments. So my name will say Talia Mana, Emotional Eating Expert. When people see a comment from me, they will visit my blog if they are interested in that topic.

    I meant to include that tip a while ago when Darren was looking for readers’ tips. Oh well, better late than never!!!

    Talia Mana
    Emotional Eating Expert
    Centre for Emotional Well-Being

  4. Heh, guess my comment on the byline post is now out of date. :)

  5. I don’t know if I would be comfortable in front of video, I’m more of a written word kinda guy.

    as for making a second about page, I like that idea.. my personal about page has a cutsie drawing of me someone did for me.

  6. i’ve been debating on adding a pic to my blog…guess I can give it a try now…thanks

  7. Hi Darren & All,

    I think this is a great idea. I’m working on it myself right now (photos, not vids). I think it would be enjoyable to watch you speak via video Darren!

    Take Care !

  8. I’ll be the negative voice on video… There are certain things that do well being conveyed by video, but…

    Video is being used to convey things that work best in text.

    I don’t know how many 5+ minute videos I’ve gone through that say stuff that could have been conveyed in a well constructed post that I could have been through in 1 minute.

    The occasional use of them in order to more personalize the creator with the audience works well… but that’s about it.

  9. I think SHORT videos are best of something less than 2 minutes demonstrating a product or a way of doing things. Just made my first video for Play Library showing off a doll that is scaring some people. :D

  10. Video possesses that curious quality that a photograph fails to deliver and text can only aspire to, and that’s things like body language, voice, spoken humour (we all know about jokes dying a death-by-email) and the other stuff that only gets seen in a face-to-face, but is essential in building a rapport.

    That said, I can’t imagine me thrusting myself upon people with all of my manic hand gesturing and furious gesticulations!

    However, if you can’t do the video thing, a picture is the next best thing…

  11. disegno piacevole, lavoro grande :)

  12. i’am really impressed!!

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