If I photo blog in the woods and no one read it, would it still exist?
I have a zenfolio website and I post on flickr, and occasionally toss up a pic or 2 on 500px.com and some here also. I also post on my fan page at facebook, and once in a while my personal page too. All of these are vanity projects, I am NOT commercial, and this discussion assumes no commercial use.
However, in the end, I really don't get much exposure.... pun intended... I had a great day shooting yesterday, and I finally got a shot I have been trying for for many years. (A duck, or goose in this case, just as his feet start skidding across the surface of a pond during a landing, in focus, lit right, decent background, etc). I wanted to share the photos, and the story, a perfect blogging opportunity. Or maybe a story about the hill you have to climb up to get a decent shot of the Grand Prismatic spring in Yellowstone. Also a great blogging opportunity.
Problem is I blog in an empty room. I feel a bit strange telling my story, knowing no one will ever read it. It feels like talking to myself, and I can do that without typing anything.
Now also look at the problem from the other side. I don't have the time or patience to just read others photo blogs. Each on their own site, each having various update cycles. Some topics are a hit, and some are a miss with me. Then there is the photo blog of a captivating experience or a wonderful shot, that I simply would never see, because for one reason or another I just don't read that particular blog.
(Keeping up so far?... thanks for reading this much already...)
So it there a solution? Certainly there are blogs with 100's and thousands of followers, who keep up it, read it, even look forward to new entries. But I have to imagine that is the exception. Most I imagine are like my sites, I have about 120 "fans" on facebook, and I get about 3 visitors to my website per week. I appreciate the site, and am not looking to get rid of it.
Is there anyplace where the story is as important as the photo(s)? A forum type place where people see the subject that captures their reading attention, rather than having to know the specific photographer? Somewhere a person can post a blog/trip report/etc daily, weekly, or even once and done.
I love POTN, it is my #1 and nearly only photo website I visit, but it is very photocentric.. and thats o.k.much of the time.
Is there such a place? Should there be such a place? Discuss........