I need to publish. Period. I write and then don’t publish because I am too hung up on being perfect. So, one of the first steps I am taking is to reverse something I started just a few months ago. I am no longer going to require a featured image for my posts. In fact, I will deliberately shy away from them as I don’t ever want it to stop me publishing. Now, prior to a few months ago the lack of a featured image was not stopping me from hitting that publish button, but it irked me that I didn’t have these awesome images at the top of each post.
A little searching and I found articles in support of, and some more on the fence about, the importance of using featured images. Tom McFarlin, discusses his thoughts from the perspective of the bloggers writing and publishing experience in terms of usability and how it is somewhat disjointed from the rest of the publishing process.
Bob Dunn expands further on what Tom discusses in hist post by actually showing us that how you go about using Feature Images can be totally dependent on your theme. It also apparent from Bob’s post that having a featured image can really be a nice boon to the aesthetics and appeal to your site.
And if we dig into the database of record for all things WordPress, the WordPress Codex, we see that the Featured Images (previously called Post Thumbnails) functionality has been around since version 2.9. Not a spring chicken, but also, not the exactly the oldest of functions either. The documentation also discusses the importance of using the featured image functionality only when it makes sense for the design of your chosen theme.
Obviously, I did some research before coming to this decision, but not too much as is part of my new strategy of being better, by being worse in that it requires a bit of forced ignorance (If that even is such a thing). Maybe using Featured Images would drive more traffic to my site, or increase the number of social shares it receives, but I just don’t care at this point. I can’t care, I have to be a publisher before I can care how things look when they are published.
I know, I can’t believe I just wrote that either, but think of it this way. If I want to go for a run along some amazing tropical beach, but my fancy shoes that on any other surface would make me go faster, are slowing me down in the sand; then I am going to take off those fancy running shoes and run barefoot.
Join me in forgetting about the prim, proper, and perfect and just start running.