Musings on Photography


Posted in web issues by Paul Butzi on December 5, 2009


This morning I was fiddling around with blog settings and discovered it was a trivial task to get the answer to the question “Which blog posts have been viewed the most?”

The answer is amusing. In order from most visited to least:

  • The original post for Solo Photo Book Month

  • This post and this post, on photographer’s responsibilities, both legal and social

  • This post, on Harman Gloss FB AL paper.

  • Several posts like this one on the Canon G9.

  • A number of posts like this one expressing annoyance with Adobe software/licensing, HP customer support, and so on.

It appears that if you want to get a large readership, the thing to do is write posts that take a contrary view on a social issue, write lots of equipment reviews, reviews of materials, and vitriolic rants about stuff that frustrates you.

The thing I find most amusing is that, with the sole exception of the Solo Photo Book Month stuff, those posts represent almost exactly the opposite of the direction I plan on heading with content on this blog.

I guess it’s a good thing I’m not doing this for the money and fame.

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  1. Amy Sakurai said, on December 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Heh. There’s no money nor fame in this. But popularity by readership numbers is kinda nice. And you certainly have nothing to be concerned over in that realm – you have a following that will read your blog whether you’re talking about photography, life, events, Kodak, the weather, gates, or navel gazing – as long as you write about things that currently have your attention. I (and many others) simply enjoy watching you think.

    (For myself… readership numbers greater than zero are about all I look for… otherwise I can just keep my babblings locally on my own computer.)

  2. jonno said, on December 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    well i unfollowed you on twitter because of your snarky political tweets – is there a verb for un-newsfeeding? actually your photoblog is very cool – authenticity is all that matters….go for it.

  3. Martin Doonan said, on December 5, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    From my own stats I find similar stuff is popular on my blog, mainly through the magic of web search. It’s the less popular stuff that seems to keep people coming back regularly.

  4. Joe Jarosak said, on December 6, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Like the new digs, looks a lot cleaner.

  5. Andreas Manessinger said, on December 6, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Same for me. I still get hits for all Photoshop tutorials I’ve ever done, and the current high is due to my review series of teh Tamron 17-50 VC, a find lens that the big sites don’t cover.

    Is that bad? No, not really. Visitor numbers increasing, that’s one of the small gratifications of blogging. In reality it does not matter, it still feels good though, so sometimes I play the game and produce content that I know will be popular.

  6. Paul Butzi said, on December 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

    well i unfollowed you on twitter because of your snarky political tweets

    Well, it’s a good thing you acted swiftly to protect your delicate sensibilities.

  7. Joe Jarosak said, on December 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Andreas please don’t play to your audience I enjoy your blog to hear why you might have photographed what you present. Same with Paul’s blog, I’m not interested in the tools so much but the results they produce and the thinking behind them.

    And the music of course. 😉

  8. Andreas Manessinger said, on December 7, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Joe, don’t worry, and if you ever feel, that this urge for gratification gets out of control: please tell me, I’ll be thankful.

    No, let’s for instance take the review series. I noticed that my posts about the D300 were very popular. I bought it the day after it was in the stores, and my observations were among the first available at all. There was no single review, nothing from a user perspective. It was fun to write about it and it attracted people.

    Same with the Tamron 17-50 VC. There is some material about the old version without stabilization, not much about the new version.

    Producing these things is actually interesting and fun for myself, as it pushes me to analyze the tool that I’m using.

    On the other hand, you hopefully won’t ever see “10 Great Ways to Compose Your Photographs” or “Top 5 Cameras for this Season” on my blog 🙂

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