Having photography blog makes no sense

I took this photo during sunrise. There was storm over the island in the back (Lanzarote) and it was initially heading in my direction but then the wind direction changed so I could stay and continue taking photos.

Is there any sense of having a photography related blog? Well, I’m sometimes not sure about this.

For me and probably for many other photographers writing a blog is one of the most important aspects of their existence in the Internet. Ok, I have Facebook account, as well as Google+, Flickr, 500px, Twitter, Pinterest and probably even more I don’t remember now… but it is my blog that is the most important for me. I use the services mentioned mainly to share my new photos or blog posts 🙂 and view photos of other photographers. Sometimes (rather rarely) I also put a short update on some progress with photo processing or something like that. But it is the blog where I share my ideas about photography and knowledge because I think it is the best for this purpose. I can write as long posts as I want and they won’t get trimmed as they do on Facebook, I can put as many photos as I want in a single update and so on. I can even influence formatting and style of my posts to make them look the way I want. I have much greater control over my contents than anywhere else.

The main “problem” I think is that taking a look at a picture on FB/500px/Google+ and clicking like/vote/+1 takes seconds literally (I think that there are even people who don’t look at a photo but do it semi-automatically in hope you will also click +1 on their own photos). Writing a comment like “Great capture” also takes just a few seconds. And then you can switch to another photo, like it and put the same “Great capture” comment, switch to another photo and so on. With blog or website it’s not that easy. You have to enter it for particular reason – you might be interested in a subject of a post, there might be some interesting tutorial, you could find it on Google while looking for something and so on. However, it’s much more difficult to get as wide audience as on social services for that very reason – you have to leave Facebook/Google+ and enter another site. If the post is long and not interesting for you, you will leave immediately without reading it and you won’t also take a look at other posts by the author.

Another thing is that there are plenty (probably tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands) of great photography blogs out there. And from this large masses only a few will succeed. It’s all about topics they cover, quality of their photos and also a bit of luck. Without luck even the greatest blog can in theory go unnoticed. This might silly but sometimes I’m shocked seeing great photographers on Flickr or 500px having just a few comments under their photos. And some of them take absolutely amazing images. So yes, luck is also a player here 🙂

So if we consider the audience blogs are often worse than any other platform. But there is other aspect I already mentioned. You can share your thoughts in a way you control. It’s the reason I have a blog. I love sharing my knowledge. I learned this as a game programmer in the past where almost no one makes secrets about technology they use. Take the best game visually and you will find plenty of articles, presentations and blog posts about technology they used when producing it – most of them completely for free. Why? I believe the reason for this is that game programming as an industry evolves all the time and to make the progress faster it is essential we share knowledge so someone else can build on that and improve our own technology. There are plenty of photographers who think the same, I’m amongst them for sure. All I know I learned from someone else or by trial and error. Just a digression 🙂

So summing up, I’m generally not disappointed with my blog as I see all the major statistics increasing week by week and month by month (and it’s such a motivating thing!). However, I know that to get more visitors on a blog it costs me much more effort and time than on Facebook and it’s somewhat irritating if I may put it this way 🙂 I wish it was the opposite because I’m really not a big fan of social services but I’m a fan of good blogs 🙂

2017-01-17T19:42:59+00:00 December 8th, 2012|Posted in: blog, Canary Islands, fuerteventura, hdr, landscape|
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12587571917519687480 aberm

    and it takes time to attain a good blog my friend, patience

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07113961163396562781 ADRIAN

    It’s not about quantity it’s about quality. Stick with Blogging.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12746925806334085844 Wojciech Toman

    I definitely will because I like it very much 🙂

  • http://snapflycook.wordpress.com/ snapflycook

    I’m addicted to blogging! Am loving the community. Where can I get help? 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01071457193353826601 Udo Krekt

    I can related to allot of what you are saying. When i have something worthwhile to share i make a blog about it and share that post trough my social networks. This not only gives me the freedom of formatting it in the way i want it, but i can also change it after post. [Facebook for example doesn’t allow that] So i have more control over my own word’s and pictures.

    I have had my blog [Blogger] on and off for over ten years. Wen i started with photography last year it really kicked in gear. However my blog is not specific to one subject, for example photography. My blog is about me and my life, photography is just a part of my many interests.
    When i started out it was manly for me, my friends and family. But the past year i noticed a change. The number of visitors is steadily growing, and it is clear to me that there are allot of people reading my site. I think that its a great thing however i didn’t start out with that in mind. For example i blog in my native [Dutch] language. So i rely on the translation function, witch works fine for as far as i can tel, but could be an obstacle for some people 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05046316236350450695 Tomas

    Thats exactly the reason why I still keep running my blog, using social networks just to point the people to the blog. I think it is much easier to post something (anything) on the social network, and get lots of “likes” no matter what it is. Sometimes I get feeling that the more stupid the post is, the more hits it gets 😉 writing your own blog gets you think more about what you are posting, thus should improve the quality and “culture” of the posts. dont stop! 😉

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14670025282264696903 Esa Rosqvist

    I totally agree here

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