I'm a Moody Blogger

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

In comparison to others, there’s one thing I’ve noticed these past several years, I’m a moody blogger.  As a fellow blogging friend once commented, “Myrl, I never know what I’ll find when I visit your blog.”  She’s right of course – sometimes I post housing market statistics, while at other times it will be recipes. At other times, I post home buying or selling advice.  And, because I have a certain passion for photography, I frequently post pictures from my adventures around the Sacramento Region; or within a 100 mile radius of home! Sometimes the distance is even greater!


When it comes to posting pictures, I usually accompany the photo with information or history surrounding the scene; but not always.

It is my opinion there isn’t a right or wrong way to post a picture to a blog.  It doesn’t really matter whether all scenes have accompanying dialogue or not.

For example, let’s travel an adventure together.

Glance at the picture above.  There are no words labeling what it is.  Perhaps, had I chosen, I could have titled it “The Pier of Transport.” 

So, what do you see?  What emotions does the picture evoke?  Can you associate any old memories or experiences of your own with it?  Perhaps, it transports you away from your computer screen, on into another realm, another place, directing your thoughts and imagination away from your current existence?

Because there were no words initially describing the picture, the blog visitor is allowed to interact with the photo on their own level.  There is no interference imposed by the photo poster’s control.

Now, let’s change gears.  What if I were to reveal that the scene was captured on Islamorada, in the middle of the Florida Keys?  It was snapped during a magical evening, when calm seas had coupled with a spectacular sunset.  To add delightful stitches to an already magical tapestry the pink amphibious water car swam about the pier like an exotic fish from an alien realm.

The location of the pier is immediately adjacent the grounds of the Islamorada Fish Company restaurant, near the well-stocked World Wide Sportsman outfitters. 


With the two preceding examples, I’m demonstrating the power of photographs, both with accompanying words, and without them.  Pictures are and can be powerful communication tools.  It is not uncommon to see armies of motivational posters in corporate office buildings.  They provide a lone photographic scene, with a solitary word emblazoned upon it.  “Believe” – “Courage” – “Inspiration” – “Dedication” they may evoke.  These picture posters transport to a place where the individual’s own imagination to innovate, create, and move thinking to new frontiers.  They invoke and evoke.

However, photographs married with creative words from the photographer can provide information about the scene as experienced by the person behind the lens.  Their words can educate and inform, as well as acting as transport.

Photos with words - or without them, have the capacity to provide gifts of value.  A picture truly can be worth a thousand words, especially, if the picture navigates your mindstuff, to previously unexplored frontiers.  The photo acts as trigger.  

The photo blogger has in their power to determine what it is they are trying to accomplish with their photo posts.  If it is to educate and inform – they can write the chosen words to accompany the photo.  But, if it is to challenge the blog visitor's imagination and own thoughts - then they can post solely the picture.  Desired purpose can be fulfilled with either method!


Comments (40)

Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

But what if you became a Moody Blues Blogger??

Apr 17, 2019 05:26 PM
Gloria Todor

Thank you for that blast into the past L&B!

Apr 18, 2019 07:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Myrl- I love everything about this post and so happy that it was featured. Pictures can evoke so many feelings, thoughts and memories and they are all different depending upon the eyes that are doing the viewing. That picture is beautiful. 

Apr 17, 2019 07:53 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kids today would call that being in your feelings, and there’s nothing wrong with it at all in a lot of instances.

Apr 17, 2019 11:07 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I agree that these pictures mean a lot to a lot of people and there’s nothing wrong with evoking happiness, I think most of us would agree. Kathy Streib

Apr 17, 2019 11:09 PM
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Well. I can say this. It's a good kind of "moody". And I love it!

Apr 18, 2019 12:03 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I've never thought of the term, but I guess I'm a moody blogger, as well.  I like being suprised when I visit a blog.

Apr 18, 2019 05:29 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl. I really enjoy your photos and the insights you share about them.

Apr 18, 2019 07:10 AM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Myrl,

Thank you for being a multifaceted human being. Of course our aim is to focus on real estate, but sometimes a little reprieve and diversion is greatly appreciated.

Apr 18, 2019 07:40 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl:

I really enjoyed this post and your discussion about photos. I've only been to Islamorada once...didn't see that pink amphibious water car, but that photo is a gem!


Apr 18, 2019 07:45 AM
Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner
Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268 - Iowa City, IA
Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices

As so many others have said, I love this post too. Especially love your insights on photos - Spot on if you ask me. Well deserved feature. Nicely done Myrl!

Apr 18, 2019 09:30 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love this post, and you are so right - a photo can be used in various ways, with various outcomes. Nice job!

Apr 18, 2019 12:24 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Most of my posts these days are Wordless Wednesday so I can relate to this post!

As for the pic you posted...brought me right back to Disney last fall...we saw similar water cars there at Disney Springs.

Apr 19, 2019 07:14 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

Great Post.  I'm Moody today!

Apr 19, 2019 09:38 AM
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

Hi Myrl,

Not only this post gives me insights on how to use my pictures for blogging, but it also teaches me the power of a catchy title. "Moody Blogger"... :) who can resist opening it 

Apr 19, 2019 11:01 AM
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

As a moody person, prone to introspection, I was drawn in by your title.     But I'm  Disappointed by my computer though, which refuses to fully download your photo.     I guess that's another reason to be moody LOL.

Apr 19, 2019 01:12 PM
Jhon Wilson
AMWAJ Movers - Star Lake, WI
Working as Home inspector at well Reputed Company

Myrl, I always enjoy your blogs phot  ... And often visit your Photos Group. ..Nice and Faboulous 

Apr 20, 2019 02:47 AM
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty, Inc - Arlington, VA
33 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Great post Myrl! Selecting the "right" pictures can definitely help create context and mood for the point one is trying to convey.

Apr 21, 2019 06:19 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Your Title reminded me of I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT Myrl Jeffcoat 

I'm a moody blogger hear me about

Heres my posting, heres my shout

When I have a thing to say or do

Come visit with me so I know you

Apr 21, 2019 09:17 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Photos are so powerful, and say a lot without words. That's one reason I like to see Pulitzer Prize winning photos

Apr 22, 2019 03:04 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have never noticed that you are a moody blogger Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jan 02, 2021 11:43 AM