Dec 1, 2011

words vs. images

To read or to look? What do you do most?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this subject. Why do we “read” blogs? Do you actually read through posts with a lot of writing? Or do you skim over them? Or do you skip them entirely? Maybe the posts you are interested in ‘reading’ are the ones filled with pretty images?

Either way, there is no right or wrong answer. Everyone is of course entitled to enjoy whatever their heart so pleases. I just want to know what your thoughts are on this. Which one do you prefer, words or images? Do you read or do you look?

I used to be just a looker. Images, images, images. I couldn’t get enough. I would rather have a post filled with nothing but images than one single image with paragraphs to read. Or if a post included both a lot of images and a lot of words, I would skip over the words and just look at the images.

But you know what? I think I was missing something. There is so much beauty that can be found in people’s writing. I don’t know when I started reading posts, maybe because I got so interested in reading Elsie’s story as she was opening her vintage store. Now I find myself actually looking for posts with a lot of words because I want to learn people’s stories. I still love seeing pretty images of course, I’ll never get tired of that. But I’ve come to appreciate both.

So which one do you prefer?


  1. I think that I am on the fence about this. It depends on my mood? I love just scrolling through tons of pictures but I also appreciate people's writing (especially that is different from my own) the writing, like you said, let's you get to know someone better.

    So, I like both? I can never make a solid decision.

  2. okay, i am a looker.  if the images and the formatting of the blog draw me in, then i actually read the post.  i appreciate and understand the importance of reading blogs, and that's why i read some.  but i have to say, i am a visual person and if your blog isn't aesthetically pleasing, i won't read it because i won't like to look at the screen. lol...  this may seem harsh and everyone has their different style, but for me its the look first and then the reading second.  man i can't believe how harsh this sounds!  I LOVE EVERYONE!! REALLY!! does this make any sense or answer your question at all?  :) 

  3. That's definitely understandable. I think I get that way some days too when all I want to do is just look at pictures. I think it usually happens after heavy exam weeks! What a coincidence.

  4. Haha, it doesn't sound harsh, you're just be honest! That's what I asked for! I agree that if it isn't aesthetically pleaseing I usually don't spend much time there either. I guess I actually do let the images or blog design draw me in and THEN I read. Never thought about it that way!

  5. I am a looker and a lil reader.. Images catch my eye first and i usually skim over a writing.. and if it seems interesting i def will continue reading but if doesn't catch my eye then i just scroll over.. I am a both i guess.

  6. Yeah, I think I do that sometimes too.