Did You Know That Something Is Watching You? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – No words, just pictures. Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of poached eggs on toast
Can you smell the aromas of hot-buttered toast and poached eggs?

Linking To Sunday Stills Photography Challenge hosted By Terri Webster-Schrandt – Theme: Aromas

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Strange Objects Found In Water #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – No words, just pictures. Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of a water sculpture in aqua coloured water
Water Sculpture

Linking To Sunday Stills Photography Challenge hosted By Terri Webster-Schrandt – Theme: Teal/Aqua

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How To Participate In The Wordless Wednesday Photography Challenge And Gain New Followers

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.

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Have you participated in Wordless Wednesday?

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 that other participants can find them. 

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.

Clouds #WordlessWednesday

A Day at the beach #WordlessWednesday

In the park #WordlessWednesday

Solitude #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 which you can 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.
  • 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 taken to a blog post that contains lots of text won’t 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.

The comments section of the post can be used to give out more information about the photos or images you are using.

Here are some examples of some 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

Feel free to leave me 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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Have You Ever Seen A Hippopotamus In Your Coffee? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – No words, just pictures. Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of a frothy coffee where the shape of the froth looks like a hippo floating in the coffee.
Has anyone seen the missing hippo?

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Shadows Of Green #WordlessWednesday #Photography #WordPrompt

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of a long shadow on a golf-course
The Green Man
Photo of a green shadow on a large green leaf
Green Ghost

Linking to the WordPress Monthly WordPrompt Challenge – Theme: Green

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Strange Photos #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of a beach and sea that has not come out correctly
Sometimes, photos don’t come out as expected

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Fresh And Fruity #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of a pot of tulips looking up towards a blue sky
Tulips On The Sky
Photo of a bowl of fresh fruit salad
Fruity Salad

Linking to the Sunday Stills Photography Challenge hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt – Theme: Fresh

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Sunrise Over Swansea Bay #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of a winter sunrise over Swansea Bay showing an orange sky.
Sunrise Over Swansea Bay

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Reaching For The Stars #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of the nighttime sky through some trees.
Reaching For The Stars

Linking To The Sunday Stills Photography Challenge – Theme: Elements

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Weathering Whites #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of a large white cloud over Swansea Bay beach
White Cloud
Photo of a hard frost on top of a car roof
Hard Frost
Photo of a foggy morning overlooking a green playing field on Swansea Bay
Foggy Morning

Linking To The Sunday Stills Photography Challenge – Theme: White

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This Is How Easy It Is To Predict The Future #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

Photo of spring bulbs emerging from a flower pot
Springtime bulbs emerging
Photo of a winter sunrise showing the day ahead
A new day hinting at what weather is to come

Linking To The Sunday Stills Photography Challenge – Theme: The Future

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How Much Fun Can You Have In A Christmas Jumper? #WordlessWednesday #Photography

Wordless Wednesday – Allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

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