This is a somewhat common advice you hear from bloggers who are more or less on their way to the top or already there. To be honest with you, that advice bothered me until I realized something.
If you take a moment to look at the amazing picture I used for this post, you can sense the feeling of making it to the top.
(Hopefully the description of the image I used in the alt tag helps those who can’t view the image is descriptive enough to capture the feeling of making it to the top.)
The thing about faking it till I make it that bothers me the most is using stock images. While it is okay to a point, there’s a big difference between stock and your own images.
Faking it till you make it is okay until you make it.
In other words, I want to create awesome travel blog posts that inspires you to travel. The problem is that I need to get out there more in order to create more travel posts.
In addition, I also want to focus on accessible travel and tourism. That’s my ultimate goal but I have to fake it till I make it there.
By crafting quality posts that matters to you, it allows me to give myself some leeway with stock images. After all, you are the one searching for an answer on how to make it.
Just like the visitors are searching for an answer on how to do this or that on your website.
If you are not sure what I mean, look at some of the example titles you might recognize just about everywhere on the Internet.
- How to take amazing pictures.
- How to craft amazing images for your blog.
- How to explore Austin, Texas in 4 days.
All of these answers should be genuine, honest, and truthful.
But what if you don’t have the graphics to go with your answers?
That’s part of the problem.
If people want to read something without pictures, they will buy a pictureless book.
With the evolution of information now being available in digital format (hell, even virtual reality), it is easier more now than ever to satisify the demand for visual how to.
Just like the featured image I did for this post.
Stop faking it when you make it!
There will come a time when you have made it with great quality images of your own.
One of my favorite travel bloggers, Matthew of Expert Vagabond, takes his own and create amazing stories with them.
I would love to get an amazing, quality photo of me standing on top of the world with my arms outstretched to the sky embracing a storm rolling in at sunset like that lucky bastard in the featured image I used here.
But until I make it there, I’m gonna have to fake it for a little while.
What do you think?
Is it okay to fake it till you make it? If not, how can you make it without quality content which matters to your visitors? I would love to see your thoughts on this matter so we can work together to create a better experience for our visitors online.