a gif that keeps on giving

November 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm 24 comments

a gif courtesy of www.mikesfreegifs.com

a picture is worth a thousand words.

it’s a saying that you must have heard before, coming especially from those who were born to point and shoot.

but it’s so true. a blog without pictures is like reading the kama sutra without illustrations. when everything is left to the imagination, it feels more like your parents teaching you about the birds and the bees. you end up more confused than you were before.

an animated gif or gifs can be considered an upgrade to pictures. if used properly in your blog, they can be effective and make it more attractive. if used improperly, they can make your blog look like a christmas tree from hell.

sure, i had used animated gifs on occasion and i’ll continue to use them in the future. but sorry, it won’t be to advance a political agenda.

one of my most popular posts is about the left brain vs. right brain test. it was from the courier mail in australia featuring a nude dancer in silhouette. when you look at the gif, it moves either clockwise or counter-clockwise depending on which side of your brain predominates.

another is about a birthday greeting to a dear friend using fireworks for effect. even though the post didn’t elicit a lot of interest, i was very pleased because it made her happy and that was the most i could hope for.

so, what’s it up to you? if your goal is to have an animated gif that keeps on giving, use it in your blog with caution. when in doubt, don’t even try.

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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rebecca2000  |  November 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    LOL Love the title. I often think that my pictures make my post.

    • 2. plaridel  |  November 26, 2012 at 4:54 pm


      if i have your wit, who need pictures? they’re just the spicing of the cake. πŸ™‚

      • 3. rebecca2000  |  November 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

        Awww You are too kind to me. Keep it up πŸ˜‰

  • 4. rebecca2000  |  November 26, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    How does one get on you blogroll?

    • 5. plaridel  |  November 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm


      do you mean linking your blog to mine? I just did. πŸ™‚

  • 7. Alice Wilson  |  November 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Hey Mike, I like it. You seem to be the first one to fully understand the challenge, but where’s your bio box? Good work and keep it up!

    • 8. plaridel  |  November 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm


      i’m not mike. i just used one of his free gifs. πŸ™‚

  • 9. lauriehackney  |  November 27, 2012 at 2:48 am

    dude I would give my left gif to write like you but for now I am just trying to put one one of those gifs made by that mike guy, copied and pasted the code like it said to but its not turning into the moving image on my blog. enlighten me please

    • 10. plaridel  |  November 27, 2012 at 10:16 am


      here’s how to do it:

      1. right click on the gif you want, then select properties
      2. from the properties screen, copy the address (url) and note down the dimension. in my case, it’s
      http://www.mikesfreegifs.com/main4/funny/yawnplay.gif and 468 x 60
      3. use the following code:

      &ltdiv class=”entrytext”&gt&ltdiv class=”entrytext”&gt&ltimg width=”468″ height=”60″ src=”http://www.mikesfreegifs.com/main4/funny/yawnplay.gif”/&gt

      4. before you include the above code in your post, convert all ‘&lt’ and ‘&gt’ to the less than and greater sign symbols respectively

      • 11. lauriehackney  |  November 27, 2012 at 10:23 am

        thankyou sir very informative πŸ™‚

        • 12. plaridel  |  November 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

          you’re welcome. somehow I can’t put the raw code exactly without wordpress interpreting it as html.

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  • 14. eof737  |  November 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Nice touch there… πŸ˜‰

    • 15. plaridel  |  November 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm


      thank you.

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  • 18. Mariane  |  November 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I think the simple and small is fun – but I am making some big anyway – understand why… but I am impressed of yours – Thanks for sharing

    • 19. plaridel  |  November 28, 2012 at 11:10 am


      I think big or small doesn’t matter as long as it serves the intended purpose. πŸ™‚

  • 20. island traveler  |  November 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    The “left brain vs right brain” gif is brilliant. I agree that pictures speaks a thousand words. Great post!

    • 21. plaridel  |  November 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      instant traveler:

      it really is. πŸ™‚

  • 22. seeker  |  November 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I like pictures in a post. The GIF is great but it takes too much space.

    • 23. plaridel  |  November 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm


      I guess you can put them in a cloud and call them from there. google and Microsoft provide some free space you can use.

      • 24. seeker  |  November 11, 2013 at 11:11 pm

        Thanks for the suggestion.


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