I must confess I am a little discouraged.
Not that I consider myself God’s gift to photography or anything (far from it), but I always felt I had something to share from my experience and experimentation in the field of SCA photography. So I started this blog to try and help people improve their own photography and benefit from my experience. My website regularly has hundreds, even thousands of visitors in a month, and I thought that some few of them and others who have praised me for my work might be interested in how I do what I do.
So I worked hard and thought hard on how best to share my thoughts about photography, posting regularly and spending a lot of time trying to share the knowledge I have gained through hard work and experimentation, both holding a camera and a mouse.
Google has a wonderful program called Analytics that gives a very detailed breakdown of how many people visit your sites, where they come from, how long they stay, what they look at, etc. It really is quite amazing, and I enjoy looking at the stats on my photo website, which proves to me I am reaching my intended audience, and based on their behavior when they visit, they enjoy and appreciate my work. That is very gratifying and encourages me to continue, as well as giving me some ideas of what people like, so I can try to shoot the subjects they seem to enjoy.
It was a simple matter to add this blog site to the Analytics tracking, so I have been watching the traffic here from day one. To say that it has been disappointing would be an understatement.
I don’t mean as criticism of the few people who have come by to read what I have written (thank you!), but frankly, it takes a lot of effort and thought on my part, and I really don’t see the point of continuing if it’s only for a few people (and I mean like in the single digits), and even their visits seem to be sporadic, so it kind of defeats the purpose of trying to reach out and show you how to be a better photographer and photo editor.
The next part of what I had intended to cover is far more complicated and time-consuming for me than anything I have posted so far. To teach photo editing is hard and would require many, many screenshots and multiple versions of the photo(s) being edited to illustrate every step of the process. Frankly, it would be far more complex for me to create these posts than it would be for a reader to comprehend or follow the directions, which are really not that hard to actually do.
But if no one’s reading this blog and no one cares, why should I bother?
I have many, many projects I would prefer spending time on if what I’m doing here is just an exercise in futility.
So I’m making a plea here, dear readers (if there any out there). Tell me what you’ve read here is worthwhile and that you want to see more. Leave a comment or send me an email. Be honest, and don’t do it if you aren’t really interested. Like I said, I have many other things I could be doing with my time.
I truly believe I can make just about anybody a better photographer and photo editor, and use common-sense, simple and logical solutions to improve what you do, especially in my chosen field of SCA photography. I’m willing to share and teach that, but not if you don’t want to listen.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I look forward to any response, questions or comments you may have.