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Have you ever looked at your old blog posts and wondered why you chose that picture?
When I look at my dance blog I cringe. The photos aren’t clear or of high quality. I had no idea of what I was doing or where to find great looking photos that represented me.
I started my blog during the initial Pinterest launch, therefore there are no graphics for Pinterest on my blog.
I hated the way I felt about my images. If only I knew about graphics back then. I wish I had known about Canva or even how to create graphics in PowerPoint at that time.
Yes, people were using PowerPoint to create photos.
When I began the Desk of Katina Davenport, I had just begun to learn how to create graphics in Canva. My first dozen photos were ugly and weird. I began to get better with time and with practice.
I hate to admit that it took me about a year to do a decent job of creating photos. Even now, I still feel unsure about what I create.
Are you looking at your old blog posts thinking about refreshing them? Well, I want to share resources and some places where you can find beautiful free stock photos to help refresh your posts.
I’m only going to honestly share the sites I like to search for free stock photos for my blog.
- Canva (both free and paid)
- Flickr (Creative commons. Attribution required.)
- Rekita Nicole
- Ashley Creates Things
How to refresh your blog posts using free stock photos
It is true that people are very visual. When you use visuals correctly you can convey a message to your readers to help them fully understand your blog posts.
Although I am still working towards perfecting this part of my blog, I want to share what I’ve learned within this year.
I use free stock photos of people that are vibrant and can tell a story. So often you will see me use photos of women using laptops or tablets. This is to convey the message of moms or women blogging, since I frequently talk about this subject on my site.
You will also see images of stylized desks or coffee. These images convey the message of coming to my desk for a chat about a certain subject, hence the name Desk of Katina Davenport. And, I love coffee. So, this shows a little more about my personality
That was my take on how I use free stock photos. You might also want to check out this blog post on how to use visuals for your blog posts to attract readers. It’s by Donna Moritz from Socially Sorted.
Favorite Tools to Create Graphics for My Blog
For people who have no design experience Canva is one of the best tools to use to create graphics. Their templates makes it easy for me to plug and design images without much imagination. Graphic design not my zone of genius and I don’t have a ton of money to pay a graphic designer.
Picmonkey is also a trusted source to add text, edit a photo, and to remove background. Using both sources together will definitely help you create a professional feel.
These two resources have helped me tremendously. Their tutorials are very helpful. If you are new to designing your own photos then you will definitely want to check them out.
After you have found free stock photos to help you tell the story of your blog or blog posts don’t forget to name the picture with a keyword. Also write a descriptive alt tag with the keyword.
It’s important to do this because there are plenty of people that use the image search on Google to find information.
So there you have it. You can definitely change the photos in your old blog posts to revive them. How will you use beautiful free stock photos to help you breathe new life in your old posts?