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Thoughts on being explored

So there I was on Sunday quietly minding my own business when a couple notifications appeared in my inbox from Flickr; the first stating so and so had like one of my pictures and another inviting my image into the ‘in explore‘ group.

My image had been selected by the mystical Flickr algorithm that puts them into Explore!

This is not the first time this has happened but last time I think I only just scraped in and dropped of the list fairly quickly (you can read Jim’s explanation of how this works here) so it didn’t really register.

This weekend however, it seems I was well in there and got a lot of attention.  I haven’t really put any effort in to developing followers on Flickr so my viewing figures are normally quite low; rarely into triple figures and fav’s in the low teens.

Suddenly my figures start climbing and the whole day my phone is buzzing as yet another fav or something comes in.  It was exciting at first and then slightly embarrassing as my phone constantly interrupted conversations or activities throughout the day. Continue reading “Thoughts on being explored”

This is hard

Ugh

This year does not seem to be going as I expected/hoped it would. A combination of my daughter’s surgery battle and wedding planning not to mention various DIY challenges have meant I haven’t had time to think properly about this blog or progress the projects I intended.  I’ve also been distracted by a couple of new acquisitions along the way.

The result of this has been patchy posting and posts which probably haven’t entertained, informed or shined in any way.

Reviewer or creator?

Continue reading “This is hard”

6 months of going mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F

It’s been just over six months since I got rid of my dSLR and went mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F so I figured it was time to review.

My main reason for changing was the bulk and weight of the Canon (with the Sigma lens) I had which, due in part to how I carried the camera, was actually causing physical pain – even when I wasn’t holding it.  It seemed to me that mirrorless Continue reading “6 months of going mirrorless with the Olympus Pen-F”

1 year in

So I have been doing this blog for just over a year now and I thought it time to take stock.  I don’t think I have lived up to my original premise exactly but it is definitely rambling.  I can see it morphing into something but still not really into any kind of rhythm with it.

It’s not the most successful or well read blogs by any means but that is more down to my lack of effort in pushing it out there or being regular with the posts and/or the subject matter.  Readers probably want to know what they are going to get and want a consistent feed.  I have amassed a whopping 79 followers had approximately 1,600 views, 1,100 likes and 300 comments from 700 visitors which is modest but I am happy with and grateful to all those who have given me their attention.

It has not gone unnoticed that I get significantly more interest when I am posting regularly and with some theme in mind.  I also notice that some types of post receive more attention than others.

So for 2017 I either carry on as I am or I need to step it up a little if I want greater success.  That will depend on how much of my time I have available and whether I have ambitions for this little blog beyond what it is right now.  I definitely have some things I would like to do on here and they are multi-post things that should put some frequency to my posting.

So thank you all for reading and liking and commenting in 2016, I look forward to hearing from you and in posting things for you in 2017.

 

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