How to keep you interested

With such a plethora of photographic websites online, both good and not so good, it’s increasingly difficult to gain a reasonable readership of a blog. Blogs have been historically prone to their authors over-thinking their purpose, and aiming for a much wider audience than they are realistically going to achieve.

Most blogs have a small core audience, which will rarely expand unless they are exceptional. Exceptional to everyone, that is, and not just to the authors friends and family. I am prone to thinking that this website is more important than it is and striving disproportionately to make it more successful, but after having a look at the statistics for the past year, my question to myself is: is it worth the effort and if so, what is worth keeping?

I like writing “posts” on a more or less frequent basis, and sharing photos too. My Flickr stream is a paid account and has been running for nearly ten years now. Should I be putting my efforts into sharing photos via Flickr and keeping blog posts to themselves? The galleries here on the main website are almost definitely going to go, to be replaced with a small overview; either with links over to their Flickr equivalents or embedded slideshows such as the ones here and here.

There is little chance that I’ll earn proper money through the website: it’s been online for fifteen years and has, to date, won me only around a dozen photographic clients.

So, my question to you is: what do you like to see here on the website? Do you come for photos of Switzerland, or from my travels, or are you here to keep up with what I’ve been up to? If you’d rather comment via Twitter or Facebook, then please do!

2 responses to “How to keep you interested”

  1. habi avatar

    Even though I also live in Switzerland and could go and take those pictures myself (much less great ones of course) I come here for the your pictures. I also follow you on flickr, so there are lots of pictures there too, but here they are coming with a story, which makes it good to keep up with what you’ve been up to. So, in the end it’s a bit of all of it together :)

  2. Mark Howells-Mead avatar

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, as always! I think my best bet is going to be to simplify this site – reduce all the ancillary pages and focus on blog posts – and direct people to my Flickr pages if they want to trawl through my archives.

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