What is Wordless Wednesday?
It’s a photography challenge I became aware of when I started blogging in 2014.
The purpose of the challenge is to allow photos or pictures to tell a story without using any words.
I’ve no idea who began the Wordless Wednesday photography challenge, but my hat goes off to them. It’s an easy and simple challenge to get involved with that’ll bring new followers to your blog.
The more you participate, the more new visitors your blog will get. However, it does help if you do the challenge correctly and ensure you promote your Wordless Wednesday blog posts on social media.
You will also gain new visitors and followers if you visit and leave comments on other Wordless Wednesday blog posts.
Fact: Participating in the Wordless Wednesday photography challenge ignited my long-lost passion for photography. I have also discovered some wonderful new blogs by participating.
Are there any rules for participating in Wordless Wednesday?
None that I can find. So I’m sharing some of the rules I believe the originator of Wordless Wednesday would have set when creating the challenge.
Those interested in participating can take or leave these rules, but remember that the key feature of the challenge is for your blog post to be wordless.
- Published entries only on a Wednesday.
- Other than the title of your post and any captions and copyright information, don’t use any words in the main body of the post. Remember, the theme is ‘Wordless.’
- Your photo should not contain words or letters (other than copyright information).
- Use the hashtag #WordlessWednesday when sharing your post on social media. That way, other participants can find them.
- Tag your Wordless Wednesday posts ‘WordlessWednesday’ on your blog so other participants can find them.
- To help those with eyesight-impaired vision, please remember to complete a description of your photo in the ‘alt-text’ and description boxes of the photo in the WordPress media library.
Can I use ‘Wordless Wednesday’ in the title of my blog posts?
Yes, and it’s something I recommend you do.
Warning: Do not use just ‘Wordless Wednesday’ as the title. Why? Because as you publish more and more Wordless Wednesday posts, you’ll build up many blog posts with the same identical title. SEOs such as Google and Bing dislike duplicated blog post titles. As a result, your blog will be ranked lower for using duplicated blog post titles.
Using the same blog post title also renders the search facility on your blog useless. For example, let’s say somebody wants to find a photo of a boat I published on a Wordless Wednesday post five years ago. If I’ve titled all my blog posts ‘Wordless Wednesday’ they’ll have to search through all those posts to find the one they’re looking for.
However, if I titled the post ‘Red boat’ #WordlessWednesday‘, a search result for ‘Boat’ will feature that particular post.
- So, always give the title of your Wordless Wednesday blog posts a different title. Here are some examples.
A Day at the Beach #WordlessWednesday
In the park #WordlessWednesday
Hills and Mountains #WordlessWednesday
Go with a title that fits the photo(s) theme you’re sharing, and add the Wordless Wednesday hashtag to it.
Using images and photos that are not your own
If you’re using an image from the internet for your post, remember to credit the originator or the site where you got the photo/image. You can do this by adding a caption to turn into a pingback.
Not sure what a pingback is or how to create one? Check out my blog post, How To Create A Pingback On A WordPress Blog.
If the photo/image is completely free to use at all times, you don’t need to credit it. However, check the small print before using any photos or images from the internet, as they may only be free to use for a limited time.
Warning: Bloggers get fined for illegally using copyrighted photos and images on their blogs. Check out Deborah Jay’s guest post, ‘Why I Was Threatened With Legal Action After Reblogging On WordPress, ‘ about being threatened with legal action and a fine for using a copyrighted photo on her blog.
Using your own images and photos is a much safer option.
What you shouldn’t do with the Wordless Wednesday photography challenge
- Use images and photos that are copyrighted and illegal to use and share.
- Add lots of text to your post. I’ve seen many bloggers use Wordless Wednesday in the title of a blog post and add loads of text to the body of the post. However, you’re within your own right to add text if you want to.
- Likewise, I have seen some bloggers use the Wordless Wednesday hashtag on social media for a post containing lots of text. Those searching for Wordless Wednesday posts and are taken to a blog post that contains lots of text may not return to your blog.
The whole idea of Wordless Wednesday is for the blog post not to contain any text about the photos or images. Allow the photos or images to tell the story.
However, remember that to help those with eyesight-impaired vision, please remember to complete a description of your photo in the ‘alt-text’ and description boxes of the photo in the WordPress media library.
The post’s comments section can be used to give out more information about the photos or images you are using, so encourage your readers to ask questions.
Here are some examples of my Wordless Wednesday blog posts. They’ll give you an idea of how to participate. Click on the links to see the posts.
Have You Ever Seen A Hippopotamus In Your Coffee? #Wordless Wednesday #Photography
Fresh And Fruity #WordlessWednesday #Photography
Sunrise Over Swansea Bay #WordlessWednesday #Photography
You are free to interpret Wordless Wednesday however you feel. The information I am sharing in this post so how I interpret Wordless Wednesday.
Feel free to leave a link to your Wordless Wednesday post in the comments section. I’d love to see them.
Do you participate in Wordless Wednesday? Do you have any questions about the Wordless Wednesday Photography Challenge? Leave them in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you.
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152 thoughts on “How To Participate In The Wordless Wednesday Photography Challenge And Gain New Followers”
I can answer your question. When I began on WP, WP itself would set photo challenges. The ones I kept doing after they stopped as I reckon it would have been quite overloading. A lot of people used to do posts. The other one is Silent Sunday, another I have regularly contributed to but has no host. 🙂
I’ve seen a lot of Silent Sunday posts on Mastodon, although Wordless Wednesday does not seem to be as popular there.
Was it WordPress that began the Wordless Wednesday challenge?
Yes it was as far as I can recollect 🤔
I started blogging in 2014 and I can recall some challenges WordPress ran then. They did a weekly photo prompt that had a different theme every week, but it came to an end a few years later. Wordless Wednesday was certainly on the go then, but I can’t recall there ever being a host.
I’m so glad you decided to jump in a host this challenge. It’s a popular one. 😀 😀
Not so much as hosting it, as encouraging people to give it a try, Cee. However, I’m happy to share other blogger’s Wordless Wednesday posts providing the photos and post are wordless. I see so many that are not wordless, hence I thought I’d write and publish this post with some guidelines.
I’m glad you put on some restrictions. I’m going to enjoy participating when time allows. 😀 😀
Thanks, Cee. Yes, the word ‘wordless’ means ‘no words’ in my world. So I find it rather strange that some people publish Wordless Wednesday posts with words on the photo (such as signs) or in the body of the post. But I guess it’s their blog, so they can do what they like with it.