I’m not a fan of photography – is that bad for the blog?

11 May, 2018 / 15 Comments

As a blogger in the current world, it seems that blogging and photography kind of go hand-in-hand.  If you want to have a good/successful/beautiful blog, then you need to be a good photographer too and display those photos in your posts.  And then there’s Instagram…  Well, that’s just not me.  I’m sure I could get really into the art of photography like so many bloggers have and create beautiful images right along with them.  It would be awesome to do that and to display those photos on my blog.  And it would be super handy for taking pictures of my nail art/makeup.  But, honestly, I just don’t have an interest in photography.

I already have too many hobbies

Everyone has different interests and priorities.  And that’s a big one for me: priorities.  As I’ve discussed previously, I have trouble trying to find the time to do all the hobbies I already enjoy.  I don’t have time to pick up another one, even if it may help out one of my other hobbies (blogging).

Is it bad for the blog?

I think yes and no.  Pictures are very important in blogging.  They catch the eye and can be quite pleasing.  However, I obtain photos from other means so that I still display at least one in every post (usually as a header).  I never even used to use a header image, which I now think is so important.  I’ve recently changed some of my header images too, like my discussion header and my review header (you will see the new one in my next review).  I’ve been learning bits of how to use Gimp and so, I play around with the free photos I get to make them my own.

I can still appreciate the art

Now, just because I don’t have an interest in taking up photography myself, that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the art!  I do enjoy seeing other beautiful photographs.  I love scrolling through Instagram and seeing so many gorgeous photos of books, makeup, and nail art.  And I commend those who have taken the time to master the skill!

I’ll just keep doing my thing

I’ve been using photos from places like Freepik and just modifying them to meet my needs.  This is an awesome website, as I can use their photos for free as long as I credit them, which I do at the bottom of my posts.  This way, I can get away with not having to take up another hobby (that I’m not even very interested in), but still have pretty good photos in my posts!


Share your story: Are you one of the many that create their own beautiful photos or are you more like me and just never really got into that?  If you’re like me, what do you do instead?  Do you think it’s bad for a blogger to not be into photography these days?

Feature photo originally designed by Freepik, modified by Sharing Inspired Kreations

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15 Responses to “I’m not a fan of photography – is that bad for the blog?”

  1. I’m like you, I’m too busy with other hobbies and commitments to really get into the technicals of photography. I just snap a quick picture and then rely on Photoshop to make them look better than they are (I mostly just raise the exposure so they look brighter and crop them). I also use some free creative commons stock photos for making images to go along with my posts. I need to get better at including big header images as I know it’s important for Pinterest etc. but I’m not a fan of how they look on my blog or how much space they take up. It worries me slightly that blogging is heading in such a visual direction as I am mainly here to write and read words.

  2. OMG, I could have written this post. I like taking landscape pictures, but photos of books are kind of boring. I don’t like sitting on the floor, fiddling with books for hours to get the perfect photo. I’d rather put that time into writing posts. My blog is never going to be beautiful and perfect, but I do the best I can.
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  3. I am a really big fan of photography!! My blog is like filled with it, haha, and I’m a huge fan of instagram and always on there too. Buuut, honestly? When I started blogging (omg nearly 7 years ago now) it wasn’t even such a big thing, so I don’t think you HAVE to be into photography to have a successful blog! Free images (or graphics) work just as fine, right?! and it’s so hard to have time to do everything.😂
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  4. This is such an interesting post. I have to say that, personally, I’m not too big on photography either – I don’t have the time to take gorgeous pictures, even if I wish I could and surely lack the creativity some bloggers have. I do think that we can be great bloggers without being great photographers, though, there are so many free images and resources we can use and it works well, too 😀
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    • Sam

      Thanks for your input! I think I agree – haha. I hope that’s true! I’m right there with you on the creativity part – I don’t know how they put together these books plus random objects that all seem to just fit perfectly together and make a gorgeous photo…you know the photos I mean? They look so good, but I don’t think I would be able to create that!

  5. I’m pretty good at photography of landscapes and buildings, but I’m still learning with books. I understand why it’s good to have photographs in blog posts, and I try, but it’s hard. I don’t think it’s a requirement to have photographs on your blog. I read blogs more for their content than for their photographs.

  6. I do believe it’s hard to be on top of everything. I didn’t get into photography at first for my blog. I mean, I used graphics I made, but not photos perse. And that seemed to be enough! As long as you can add SOME kind of visual to the blog, it’s not automatically ugly or anything. Photos help but I don’t think they’re a must. I also use free stock photos for my blog and it does the trick XD

    I have a bookstagram that I love. I love taking pics of books but I don’t really use them that much in my blog. I probably should, my it’s such a hassle to send them to my mail, download them in the computer and then upload them to the blog XD I’m a lazy potato.
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    • Sam

      Haha – I love how you do take pictures of books, but not necessarily for your blog. And that’s totally fine. There’s no rule that you have to use those types of photos in your blog, right?

  7. I don’t think it’s bad or needed. I think your blog is your thing. Ash is a photographer and so I use all her photos. Otherwise I wouldn’t have any. She does instagram I do not. Like I said your blog is your thing so all that matters is what you want and like.

  8. I am the same with you, this is why I don’t bookstagram. I am a fan of looking at photos but not a fan when I’m taking them. I have no creative juice and zero patience in taking a lot of pictures and choosing the right one to post.

    I cannot say if having no bookstagram affects my blog stats but I think it’s not okay to spend a lot of time pushing myself into doing a thing that I am not good at. So I just focus on the thing that I love, like reading.

    For the graphics in my blog, I also use free internet sources like Unsplash, Pixabay, Canva. Also a lot of GIFs. 🙂

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