Pics or it didn’t happen

They say that a good picture can draw you in and tell you a story. A picture says more than a thousand words.

It’s true, I guess.

I have learned this recently, and I have learned it the hard way.

Last month when I traveled around Croatia, I shared my trip here on the blog. I figured it would bore people to death, but in the end, readership stayed more or less the same, and may even have only gone down a little bit. The number of likes and my view:like ratio, however, went to higher than I’ve ever seen on this blog. Now, when I was on the road, I took snaps of the landscape and stuff as I went. I happened to be in a good place for taking pictures. Croatian scenery is pretty amazing. Result: blogs with fitting and reasonable personal pictures.

Since I’m back, I spend my days in my office (mostly), or – as today – in meetings. I don’t make a habit out of taking pictures of my office (but see here). I also don’t make a habit of taking snaps of my colleagues. That would annoy the hell out of people, and, honestly, be fucking creepy.

I still write a blog every day. I just have no suitable personal pictures to add.

My blog numbers have spiralled down. Quick! Likes are threefold lower. Views are less than half. My writing ego is damaged and hurt.

What happened?

Either people got bored of my blog (fair) or they are just here for the pictures (but really, there are better photo blogs).

I post my blog to write, aren’t you here to read?

I’m not a fan of stock photography, so let me lure you in with some random personal snapshot photography from my own phone that have absolutely nothing to do with this post. I’ll remember to take random shots again tomorrow. Everything to keep you here and score a like.

A liverwort flower, because it really adds to serenity and mystery to this post
My snot-nosed, banana-covered daughter because it adds a touch of happiness
A picture of a snake, because it adds suspense
A picture of coffee, very motivational

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

5 thoughts on “Pics or it didn’t happen

    1. Right? Lately WordPress reader folks have taken over from Twitter folks. A clear sign that my friends don’t care about my writing anymore 😂. All fine. But indeed, it does coincide with Easter and, perhaps a slow week…?

      That snake is such a bright beast, very intense and almost unnatural. But a lovely animal!

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      1. Interesting! I’ve only recently started giving attention to WordPress. Always had my blog here, but rarely read. I find that it takes time to find interesting blogs. The system could be more intuitive. I feel that it’s a huge pool, but I often see the same people (or often bots, I think).

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