When I first started using Zemanta, which is a nice way of gathering resources and links in a blog post, I also allowed it to provide me with pictures to use for my post. (If you don’t know, people like pictures. You’ll get more hits on your blog if you use ‘em than if you don’t. Word to your head, yo.) And that was fine.
Then I found out I could do cooler things and maybe find better pictures, which don’t require caption editing, if I used the great oracle Google or similar to find my pictures. So I started doing that. And things were fine.
Then I discovered a Polaroid Picture add-on for Windows Live Writer. It allowed me to pick my own picture, insert it into my post, tilt it right or left if I wanted, and add my own caption, and some other special effects too. And things were wonderful.
Then something changed. Every picture I found on the Internet, no matter what the dimensions of the picture were, became a postage stamp-sized tile on my blog post. I could resize the picture of course, but only at my peril. The pixelation indicated this wasn’t viable after all, not if I wanted the picture to be recognizable and, in some cases, have the text be legible.
What do to? What to DO?!
I’ve done what I can to pick the appropriate size. I even went so far as to check with other search engines to see if the one I used did something to the images when they saved. Nothin’. Always tiny.
What to do? What to DO?!
Well, I didn’t know then, and I don’t know now. I have no clue where to find the nice, clear, large images I can shrink to the perfect size anymore. Maybe my search terms have gone stale. Maybe I’m not being creative enough. Maybe this is Internet censorship at work. Maybe it’s a conspiracy to stop me from getting the hits I so desperately need and deserve. Maybe there’s someone trying to keep me from getting popular and they’ve sabotaged my ability to download perfect pictures. Whatever the case (and none of those are the case), I just can’t get the good sized pictures I once had.
So, do the posts suffer because they don’t have a picture? Do I need one? Do you enjoy the posts as much without them?
Sound off, let me know. Don’t wanna work harder than I have to, y’know?
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