Are you interested in creating different forms of *original* media to better enhance your blog posts? It is a great idea to do this, because it adds a unique element to your posts that can boost reader loyalty and bring people back again and again.
So what keeps most people from doing it? Time and effort, usually. Running a blog is already a difficult task and takes a lot of dedication and work, not to mention the sacrifice of free time that might not be readily available. Making media of any type is just too much hassle. It's another great way to re-package your content.
Or it used to be. Now you can streamline the process using more efficient tools that turn the process into a quick and easy one. Here are three ways to do it, without spending a lot of time and energy in the process.
1) Haiku Deck
When I first heard of this mobile app I thought that it had to be something actually involving haiku poetry. As it turns out, it is merely a play on the idea of visual poetry, and it is actually a presentation maker.
Quickly make gorgeous presentations using preset themes or your own images imported from your gallery, Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram or DropBox. Then add text and effects, changing the font, colors, borders and more. Connect it all together into an attractive presentation that is perfect for both personal and professional uses. Haiku Deck also has a handy iPad app as well.
2) Raw Shorts
This excellent cloud based builder is perfect for two types of people: those who know how to make videos, and those that don't. It is template run, but also completely customizable. So you can make professional looking and informative videos for your website, including tutorials, examples, animations and anything else you might like.
An added benefit to this program is that it has a database of more than a thousand royalty free graphics that you can use. But you can also add in your own, or anything you have bought the rights to form stock sites and companies. This helps keep down costs while still giving you full control over the content.
3) Quotes Cover
One of the easiest ways to make a good visual for your blog posts is using quotations. These could be from within the post itself, reusing your content, or it could come from an outside source. Using Quotes Cover it becomes more than just words, it becomes art as well.
Start by deciding whether you want to use your own quote, or select one from their massive collections on their site. You can search for quotes by keyword, the person who is being quoted or direct wording. Or type in your custom message with the author name and an optional date. They also have categories to browse like famous quotes, ancient proverbs, greetings and messages, and invitation wordings.
Next, select what kind of image it is going to be. For example, you can make one for a Facebook cover, an ecard that is sent in the mail or uploaded onto a social network, for print or several other options. From there you will be able to change the font, color, background, graphics and several other elements to make the perfect visual.
Adding something to look at in a blog post is a necessity, and one people tend to take seriously when considering the header image. Yet so many of us fail to extend this to a wider array of media within the post itself, missing out of a great opportunity.
Not only that, but these added media images are a great way to improve your chances of social media sharing. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr are especially ripe platforms for these kinds of insertions. So create your own today.
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Ann Smarty is a blogger and SEO consultant and professional blogger. Check out Ann's personal project My Blog Guest - the forum meant to connect guest bloggers to blog owner for plenty of mutual benefits. Ann also provides guest blogging services.