Writing a post – more words or images?

Hi folks, this post is quite different to the normal posts I have been writing/posting lately.

How short or long should a post be?  Some say any post should be a minimum of 500-1500 words, with just a couple of images to break up the words.  However, the saying – a picture is worth a thousand words – was coined to say that it is sometimes easier to show something in a picture than to describe it with words. (Merriam-Webster)

I have read many an article both academic and general information when researching for three tertiary degree assignments and found that an image appropriate to the topic caught my eye more often than not.

Whether that image was a graph, a table or a specific image appropriate to the topic it will always grab the attention of the reader and while the image may be the attention grabber it is the well chosen and composed words within the article that keeps the focus of the reader.  More importantly, it is the combination of words and images that aids in comprehension and learning with pictures clarifying examples.

Many academic articles and textbooks can be dry, boring and focus on facts and figures, many use various studies, particularly articles, to put their point across and establish their credibility.  Whether articles or textbooks, images are still included to help in the explanation of the content meaning.

Textbooks, used by educational institutions of all levels are dry, and can be boring but are very useful in applying the basics of learning about any topic, and often the information is backed up with illustrations, images, tables and/or photos.  A visual explanation of what the author(s) are trying to convey is much easier to remember than simply reading the words.

Experience has shown that visualising what the words are saying makes it easier to understand and that is why using pictures/images provides that prompt for the reader to better remember what they are reading.

One example of an internet article to show “10 steps to start your business” includes images for each section.

As an ex-librarian, the article I found useful for this post is “Words versus Pictures:  Leveraging the Research on Visual Communication“, by Pauline Dewan, Reference Librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University, published in ‘The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research’ vol.10, no.1 (2015).

This post is merely an opinion on the use of images versus long text content in a post and is not affiliated with any organisation.  Thank you for visiting.

Do you like reading posts with more words or posts that contain both? Please leave comments below.♣LR

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