A MILLION PAGE VIEWS IS WORTH NOTING
Something happened on Monday, December 2, 2013 that I think merits notice: The Discerning Photographer passed the million page views mark! It’s actually pretty humbling to think that the content you have written has been read, or at least looked at, over a million times. I’m savoring this as I reflect on this photographic odyssey.
First of all: I’m still here! When I started writing and sharing my love of photography back in 2009, I had only the vaguest notion about why or what I was doing. I’d always loved photography, writing and teaching, and this seemed like a good way to combine all three interests. But beyond that, it was all a big adventure as I learned the ins and outs of blogging, posting, SEO, reader engagement, socializing content, etc. Reaching a million page views was the last thing on my mind.
Things became much more challenging this past year: my work situation changed dramatically and I found myself with much, much more work responsibility as we combined Nola.com and The Times-Picayune into our new digitally focused, web-first company. I’m now in charge of a staff of 10 wonderfully talented, hard-working photographer/videographers and, combined with my landscape shooting, I wasn’t sure I had the mental energy or the time to keep the blog going. Fortunately, I’ve found my balance and that ‘dry spell’ has passed. I feel fully engaged once again, excited to be writing and sharing what I know here on The Discerning Photographer.
Here’s an interesting screen grab. It shows the top ten posts on the website since we started. Looking at the stories that have garnered the most readership, it’s obvious that my readers are very interested in advice on photo equipment. After those top 3 posts, things are a bit more varied, but mostly articles about some aspect of photographic technique.
Should I turn this blog into an equipment review blog? Or maybe a site that only looks at photo techniques? Sorry, but neither of those things is going to happen, even it if might be smart to do so: I have to keep my sanity and enjoy what I’m sharing, so you’re going to be stuck with my mix of material: some equipment review, some technique, some inspirational musings about life and photography. I DO hope that the new website design will make the material easier to access and find. I’m also streamlining the categories I’m writing within.
So this is a big ‘Thank You’ to all of you guys: the contacts, the questions, all of the ways I hear back from all of you make this process fun and fulfilling for me, and I am truly grateful. Bring on the next million page views! /DiscerningPhotog
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