You’ll have noticed under the picture above there’s a little line with credit for the photos. I use stock photos as a way to save time when creating these posts so I can focus on the actual content of it, even if it doesn’t always seem that way. I am a bit rambly.
Now there’s an argument to be made here that I should make something or take my own photos for each of these posts, and that is something I could do. However, they take a long time to do and sometimes these posts happen in the moment and go from a stream-of-consciousness to a published post. Side note: I don’t recommend that. Edit your pieces. That doesn’t mean though that I don’t see the other argument. Making your own images adds a touch of personalization to your posts and makes them seem more authentic.
That being said, I’m a lazy person. That doesn’t have to be a bad thing, and that isn’t to say that I don’t put in a great deal of effort to find fitting images. I do spend a while finding something that feels right. While it is a time sink, it’s far less time than creating my own. So while it is still work, in my mind, it’s more efficient. The outcome isn’t too far off of what I imagine the perfect image to be, and it speeds up the process of getting these posts out.
Laziness can lead to more efficient ways of doing things, and I don’t see that as a bad thing. When laziness is a bad thing is when people just don’t do things or do them so poorly because they aren’t putting in the actual effort to do anything. That’s when you should reevaluate the way you do things. So what do you think? Where’s the line between lazy and efficient?