I hit a small milestone on Flickr this week as I passed over
half a million views on my stream. Of course 500,000 views is small
potatoes for the flickr-concienci but for me it is vaguely thrilling
idea that I have an 'audience'. I come from a culture where a photo
enthusiast might show the work (s)he was proud of to a couple of family
of friends, at the very most they might show the image at a camera club
or competition. These days we all can put our work out there for
ourselves and connect with others just as obsessed with making images
as ourselves across continents, languages and timezones.
A quick calculation reveals that, averaged across all my
posted images that is a little over 150 views per image. If only it
were so. In reality my average image gets somewhere between 7 and 50
views with the rest of my hits skewed amongst a few 'popular' images.
My most popular image with more than 14,000 views is an image I
mercenarily titled and tagged “Live Nude Girls” - the horn dogs on
flickr far exceeded my expectations and Patti feels that I should take
this image down. I agree with her but I'm competitive enough with her,
and she is so rapidly gaining on my little success, that I can't give
up the steady stream of hits my tabloid bait image generates.
My next most popular image is one of Desi as a puppy –
actually it is slightly soft but everyone loves cute puppies so they
overlook this technical faux pas. Cute dogs are just occasional fair
for my camera these days but they do generate me a lot of hits. Also
consistent earners for me are pictures of cameras I have taken to
illustrate Camerapedia. Related to this, pictures of other equipment
and my desk setups in my home and work offices are incredibly popular –
equipment nerds are my tribe. Amongst my top 20 most popular images 1,
possibly 2, are pictures of an artistic leaning that I am proud of. In
fact, the images I am actually most proud off hardly register on my
stats radar which goes to show I have very little idea what I am
That said, I did enter 2 images in our camera club's session
judged by an outside expert yesterday and they both placed in his 5
selected favorites ( photochrome.org/2008/09/05/september-judge-choices
) - one of Patti's placed too so we both went home happy. The truth is
I was going to show 2 completely different images but Patti persuaded
me to switch. She was right of course; she (nearly) always is.
The conclusion? I know I can take a good picture – I just
don't know which one it is.