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The Life of a Crappy Photographer


Mandala 05

It’s been a little over 4 years now since I’ve been creating posts for this blog! I knew at the very beginning that I wasn’t an awesome photographer, but I figured I had promise and was eager to become at least a decent photography. It was my objective to post images mainly for myself so I could look back on my posts and see the progress I make toward creating better images.

I kind of figured I’d pick up a few followers along the way? I have a few followers but none of them ever actually visit my blog. I average zero (0) visitors per day. Unless WordPresses algorithms¬† aren’t accurately recording the number of visits to my blog, which would be a major concern of mine, but I have no way of actually verifying the number of visitors on a daily basis, so I guess I would never know whether WordPress is inaccurately recording the number of visitors to my blog? I don’t see why WordPress wouldn’t want an accurate picture of visitors to the blogs they host? But my average number of visitors remains at zero. That means that occasionally I might get a visitor or two on my blog, but most days I get zero visits. It’s good thing I’m only doing this for myself, because I’m sure not very successful at it. Probably because I remain a crappy photographer. I keep trying though.

Case in point, my last blog post telling a Caterpillar Story about crawling on a Kousa Dogwood Bract. Are these images perfect? Probably not, but I think they are pretty cool anyway. But judging from the response I got on the post, namely only 4 people have actually “liked” that post. I figured that post would blow up with it’s cuteness? But far from it. Fewer than zero number of visitors stopped by my blog to check that post out. So essentially, no one except for me is liking my photography. That kind of hurts.

Anyway, this is where I stand right now 4 years after starting this blog. and a little under 3 years in posting on my 2 Quote A Flower and Daily Digital Mandala blogs. All three generate an average of zero visitors per day. As I posted a few weeks back on my Marching Towards 1000 Mandalas post, I’m coming up on having created 1000 Digital Mandalas. This is something I’m pretty proud anyway, even if no on else is. I just think that’s impressive but praise for that achievement I will not get. Because nobody will know about it. Anyway, the image above is from that collection of 1000 Digital Mandalas. It’s one of my favorites. From a digital image of a bee hovering over a Sea Holly flower. I’m a little under 50 posts away from 1000 posts on the Daily Digital Mandala Blog. I should be posting my 1000th Digital Mandala on Sept 27th next month. I’m looking forward to it, but I’m afraid it’s going to be a less than stellar celebration, because nobody else cares.

Peace

~V

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3 responses

  1. Jeff

    I personally LOVE your mandalas and I truly love the one above. Nice one bringing in the bees! I hope to see more with bees in it. I wonder if you could do other animals too and what they would look like….? Either way, I love you man and love what you do.

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    August 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

  2. Maybe there is something glitchy with your stats. I see you have more than 1,000 followers – I’m sure some or all of them are checking out your posts . . . Plus, from my end it looks like you have nearly 40,000 hits?! I know my numbers aren’t quite right. I THINK people who see my blog via my Facebook page are counted, but the ones who read it via LinkedIn are not. The only way I can tell people from LinkedIn see it is that I get a notice on that website as to how many read the latest post. Your photos are fantastic. And BTW, it seems to be a common thing to have more views than likes . . . not sure why. It’s fairly easy to push a like button. : )

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    August 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

    • Hi Debbie~

      Thanks for taking the time to reply!
      You are correct in the numbers that you are reading. I’ve nearly reached 40,000 visits on my ESP blog. I started that blog just over 50 months ago which gives me an average monthly viewership of almost 800 per month. That gives me a daily average of around 26 visits. Per day!
      I peaked at 2000 visits per month (65 visits/day) 2 years ago and have been on a steady decline ever since to where I barely hit 500 per month now?
      My problem is, I don’t know if that’s good or not? It doesn’t seem good to me? I’m definitely thankful for every visit I get. Because to me that’s someone who has never seen my images before. I’m just wondering if I’m wasting my time here and perhaps should be focusing in another direction?

      Peace

      ~V

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      August 11, 2016 at 10:48 am