Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Out of Pocket

It's been two days without television, internet or landline. NO MAN'S LAND.

Blog? With only words? WITHOUT PICTURES??

But who would read?

Confession: The past 24 hours have revealed that I get nervous energy feeling disconnected. Cell phone and ipad only get you so far. I should be happy about having legit downtime, but caught myself wondering if I was missing out.

ON WHAT? Who knows because most other times I long for genuine quiet time without demands.

Is it a case of you want what you can't have?

Do you think blogs can be successful without pictures? Are compelling words enough? For me the answer would be yes, but I increasingly wonder if this generation really cares about what is being said, or just the way it looks. Thoughts?

26 comments:

Closet Fashionista said...

I know exactly what you mean!! I love being away from things but then when I am I get a bit nervous about what I'm missing out on.
I think well written blogs can be successful without pictures, unfortunately I am the worst writer in the world....haha
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Katie said...

I think blogs can be successful without pictures if the content is there. More often than not pictures help add to it, though.
2 days?! I'd be climbing the walls. Even on vacation, I like having my technology with me. I'm not using it nearly as much, but I'm so accustomed to being able to if I want to, it bothers me to not have it. I'm not relaxing if I'm worrying.

Dancing Branflake said...

Good question! So, I've been blogging more without photos and I actually like it. I call it vintage blogging.

Faith said...

Yea I'm sure bloggers can blog without pictures but I want pictures, haha.

You have to be an incredible writer to keep my interest without pictures. I'm like a 4 year old.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Hmm depends. I read this post because i like you and know your humor/personality. If you were a stranger, sadly, I wouldn't have read :(

Polly said...

I rarely use pictures, people still read, not many mind you, but i can't be stuffed to find a picture to suit every post I write...lazy? Yes, thats me!!

Courtney Erin said...

I truly believe that something that's compellingly written will stand for itself...that said, I tend to view blogs more as magazines or art books rather than academic tomes or novels. So I kind of expect some images in my blogs.

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

morganvsmorgan said...

I feel the same about being disconnected, it tends to make me uncomfortable after long periods of time... I have to be having heaps of fun or out doing something to not check my website/twitter/instagram..

Josie said...

Yes. Especially when it's someone like you doing the talking!
xo Josie
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Mimi said...

it's like you went into my brain and read my thoughts -- i feel exactly the same way when i don't have internet access. *sigh* ;)

p.s. i think pictures help a lot, but it still ultimately comes down to the substance of the post. :)

<3, Mimi
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RosaLovesDC said...

I think that a blog without photos can be successful if teh content is good. I think you are terrific writer and super funny so I always enjoy your posts. I think it can work for sure.

Lori said...

Thought provoking and I think yes. The blog was started for the writer was it not? I do agree that this generation has the shortest attention span "squirrel" ever but even with that being said it takes all kinds to make the world go round.

17 Perth said...

Oh wow. And I love it. And I get it! Hmmm..for me, as a reader, I think it depends on how much time I have in my schedule. I would love to say--YES! I would ALWAYS read a blog without pictures. But that isn't totally true. It all depends on the amount of time I have. I want to read what people have to say--but do I have the time? Not always. However, I do think a blog can be very successful without pictures....all about creative writing.......and you my friend have a gift for sarcasm and funny stories. :)

Tanvi said...

I am the same. But I do like the downtime without technology.

As for this generation, I think it truly depends on the person and also at what time one lands on which post. Sometimes (like this morning) I got an early start and its pouring outside to go for a run so I have the luxury of time to read but on other days I might just be browsing through and only open posts which grab my attention. But I do think there are still people who want to read genuine and compelling words.

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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I read all text posts....but at about 1/2 a page I end up scanning. I can't read tons and tons of text. Truth...lame, but truth. For pages of text I'll grab a book. My reader is more for 'quick reads'. So I have a break point.

Amber said...

A blog could totally be successful with only words as long as the words are meaningful.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

I think this might be the most powerful thing I've ever read on a blog.

When someone posts a comment that only references the first line of text, I start to worry that it's only the photos that people care about. But honesty is even better than a beautiful picture.

I'm leaving my computer at home and putting my phone on airplane mode during our vacation in a few weeks–I know it'll be hard to disconnect, but I think that's the best reason to do it.

Olivia.Dee said...

i think as long as the content is solid... it can be successful. sometimes pictures can just be overwhelming/over stimulating.

meghan said...

Interesting question. I think the writing has to be fabulous, but at the same time fabulous writing sometimes lends itself to having pictures to back it up. I definitely think there could be one or two successful ones, but I'm not sure why it would be necessary or desirable when pictures really do add so much.

And as far as what you're missing being disconnected for a short period of time? This is what I learned: I sometimes feel addicted to the internet and phone and being "online" so I have in the past made myself not touch the phone or computer at home for an hour (sounds lame that I have that much of a love for the computer or phone). And when I go back, I expect to have messages or comments or something, and there's nothing, or one email. And I always get so disappointed, but it also makes me realized that it's no essential to be connected all the time.

The End.

Torrie said...

i've laid off url-land (even ig for the most part) for the past couple of days... can't continue taking time to read and share anything when all of that "inspiration" just stays put and i don't allow any other time in the day (off of the computer/phone) to actually DO something with it. (if that makes any sense :))

and no pics? i'd read.

jen said...

This seems to be a good time to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Have a great day! xo

Krystal said...

a blog with only words? intriguing!! do it!

Vivek Nanda said...

I think, it is very difficult for blog to be successful without pictures...it makes it catchy !!

Taylor said...

I think since so many people are visual learners, they only comprehend pictures and prefer to just look at pictures.mbut blogging was meant for writing!

MzElena23 said...

I definitely do! Especially well written ones. Though I have to admit I like a sneak peek, so at least one photo would be nice. ;)

MzElena23 said...

@Taylor I agree!!! Isn't that why blogging was created?!

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