Untitled Post – Epilogue

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At last count, 510 people follow this blog (up from 472 at the end of March). Many follow based on one post, and are never seen again. Others still occasionally stop by to give a ‘like’. Some (too many) have stuff to sell or seem to follow just to generate traffic at their site.

It was particularly interesting seeing the password-protected chapters of my NaNoWriMo novel get a crap-load of views even though I know exactly 4 people have the password enabling them to read each chapter. Even more interesting were the ‘likes’ I got on the posts announcing the release of the protected chapters, often from editors and other writers.

I suppose I could charitably assume they were just glad I was writing. On the other hand, they could not be bothered to even read the first few chapters (those chapters don’t have a password). No one aside the initial four readers has asked me for a password. Perhaps all the likes were the equivalent of a cheer and a wave as the readers headed elsewhere. Moral support, as it were.

But, as Mal would say, that’s air through the engine. Plus, since I don’t understand it, I don’t worry about it past shaking my head.

However, this post is about the Untitled Posts. This is the 102nd untitled post, although this one has a title of sorts. 

Since February 1st, I have posted 201 posts. Most days had at least two posts a day, and sometimes three. Of those 201 posts, 102 were the Untitled series; basically photos with little or no writing.

The untitled posts (including this one) had enough photos to fulfil a typical 365 day project. That’s right; 365 photos. I did a full 365 project in under four months.

No telling how many additional photos were posted if one counts my regular posts, but I want to concentrate on just the Untitled series. It started as a way to show photos that did not fit elsewhere . . . and to see if people would faithfully view each and every post, and each and every photo.

The answer is . . . no. Most people used the WordPress reader, and as such they saw exactly one photo for each post (you have to visit the blog to get the full post). Too bad for them because I purposefully put what I considered the better photos at the end of the posts (of course, tastes vary, so it could be they saw the photos they would have liked best).

Part of me also wanted to show people how 365 projects can overwhelm both the creators and the readers . . . after a while, all them pictures blend into a mishmash of jumbled saturated memories. I follow a number of photographers who are doing 365 projects, and while I don’t want to piss them off, I have to be honest and say all them photos begin to blend together.  Plus, sometimes it appears to me people load up photos just because they need to fulfil their daily quota.

I mean, be honest . . . how many of my 365 photos stuck in the memory banks? Not many, I’d wager. I know because I don’t remember them all, and I posted them. If one wants to see them all, they are all in this SmugMug Gallery (HERE). They are sorted by date created, but might not be in the correct order of appearance. (note, there is a little discrepancy . . . the Brown Chinese Geese were originally scheduled as Untitled Posts, but ended up having their own post; I still count them in the 365 photo total)

So, what did I learn with this exercise? Well, I learned that no matter what I tried, the numbers of actual visitors remained fairly constant at about 25 per day. Occasionally it would jump to 30, or drop to 20.

I learned pictures with no words got me about the same amount of engagement (comments) as some of my more elaborate and descriptive posts.

Birds, bluebirds, swallows,

I learned that polls don’t add to the amount of interaction. I learned that I got the same amount of interaction regardless of whether I took care to have related photos, or took care to have widely different photos. Same for filters, post-processing treatments, and most subject matters (a slight uptick for animals).

I learned there is no advantage or detriment to having only one photo per post (what many, many bloggers do), and no advantage or detriment to having multiple photos. That makes sense, as most people only saw one.

I learned it matters not if the posts are Tweeted (they are), Facebooked (they are), or Google+ed (they are). All them stories you hear about social media, consistency, being brief, etc., are mostly that; stories.

I learned that I could add captions or leave the captions off, and it had little impact on the number of views and the number of visitors (I was happy with this one, and only three readers commented on it).

I learned that I prefer to create longer posts with narratives rather than to slop some daily picture up here, although I can truthfully said I never ‘sloped’ anything up there; all photos got the same attention as I usually give my work, and I like them all.

Still, all things must come to an end.

The Untitled Posts have ended, and I will stop posting every day, returning to my more elaborate and themed posts, probably every two or three days (won’t that be a surprise to my follower! . . . probably not; they will likely still only see one photo, if any).

There is one benefit to readers; being that I’m returning to my usual longer posts, it makes them easier to rationalize ignoring them (no time, you see).

I think four months of daily posts (and multiple posts per day) is enough, especially since the numbers show me that I did not engage that many more readers, and I likely taxed the loyal readers I do have, demanding more of their time. 

Demand is a strong word, but I think most of my regular readers felt obligated to at least look at everything I posted, thus reducing the amount of time they had for other activities – – – very selfish and inconsiderate of me. Well, enough of that . . . I aim to be less of a burden.

These are views, not visits to the blog

These are views, not visits to the blog

Finally, the photos from this post are included in the 365 photos total . . . all of the above are different treatments of this shot . . . 

That happens to be a closeup of a latte I made myself last week. I thought it looked a bit like Jupiter’s storms (the planet, and not the Florida city).

Thank you for reading.

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17 Responses to Untitled Post – Epilogue

  1. AnnMarie says:

    I’m impressed with what you did with a simple latte shot! Shows what a little imagination can do.

    I read through your narrative about the 365 photos and the 201 posts, and in reflecting back on them, I consider your photos professional (same, if not better, than some of those folks that are called professional) and think your narratives are not only informative but humorous. A project well done, bro!

    I want to add that one of my joys is to find a new email from Disperser alerting me to more goodies in store. And I must confess that I prefer the lengthy posts . . .

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    • AnnMarie says:

      I just reviewed the Untitled Posts gallery in SmugMug and want to add that the beauty of the processed shots of the egret (Post 00057) took my breath away again. Besides those award-winning photos, the rest are a feast for the eyes.

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  2. seekraz says:

    Well then….

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  3. oneowner says:

    I’ve registered the phrase “COSMIC LATTE”, so use with permission. I like these very much.
    Wordpress statistics baffles me. More correctly, I have about 185 followers on 2clicksaway but I average 20-30 visitors per post. Could it be the others are using the Reader and they see the post (or part of it) and go on to the next? I don’t know and I don’t care. There are plenty of things I could do to increase traffic. There’s no secret to having more visitors if all you want is to have more visitors (thank you Citizen Kane). I personally don’t use the Reader but I set my FOLLOW status to get an instant email with each post. I look at all of them and read each one (with very few exceptions). I guess it all comes down to the question of why we do it. Why share? Why blog? My guess is the answer is different for each of us. The 365 group try to maintain a commitment to themselves and some (not all) do it well.Others view the blog as a journal. Some as a soap box. I look for high quality photographs and if you can entertain me with those photos, I like that too. Blogging is like a nice slice of apple pie – it’s delicious but it’s not steak and potatoes.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . Well, you do get a stat on views and a stat on actual visits. My views average about 3-4 times the actual visits, hence my comments about most people not seeing but a small snippet of what all I do.

      I also don’t use the reader, and prefer to subscribe by e-mail (although some blogs don’t have that option, which is a tad frustrating).

      The object of this little experiment was to get some pictures out that have been sitting on my hard drives for a long time. I will admit that some of the later ones were things I will eventually post, but that I liked and was impatient to share.

      The object was never to increase circulation. I was, however, interested to see if more people would actually engage, and a few new readers did (although most seem to have since departed . . . I think I might have chased one away, although that was not my intent).

      It also evolved into a slight jab at many of the 365 people. There are many good things with those projects, but for obvious reasons I cannot subscribe (or look at) at too many blogs that post every day, even if they are small posts.

      It probably went over most people’s heads, but I know even some regular readers found it difficult to keep up with the barrage of posts. It wasn’t at the insane pace of Twitter and Facebook, but still, I posted a lot of content these last four months. The point was that even if it’s good (which I hope it was), people have lives that need tending to, and bombarding them with all sorts of stuff might actually turn them away.

      It takes a lot of time, too. I’m looking forward to a more sedate pace, more involved posts, and perhaps a mix beyond just showing photos (I still like to write).

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  4. An interesting post and shot Emilio. I’m not a big fan of a photo a day and agree with you that I think a lot of bloggers just post to fill their quota. I believe that quality is always better than quantity and this can be applied to anything in life. I don’t have a lot of time to spend on WordPress so I must admit I skip posts that need a lot of reading (except for this one ;)). I’m waiting for the day I retire so that I’ll have more time to read and do of the things I love :)

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    • disperser says:

      Well, you’ll be missing a lot of mine, then. I’m planning a return of MEGAPOSTS, requiring a weekend to thoroughly read.

      Seriously, I know what you mean. I will, however, give you a piece of advice drawn from my vast and extensive experience in life . . . you’ll never have ‘more time’ to read and do the things you love . . . get to them now.

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      • So everyone tells me but surely it’s got to be better than giving all your time to your job. Here’s hoping anyway :)

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        • disperser says:

          Absolutely . . . but that does not mean you’ll do any better than you’re doing now at doing what you love.

          It’s like eating . . . I love to eat, but now that I’m home I find I am not eating around the clock (close, but many days I go hours without eating). Same with writing, photography, editing photos, reading, watching movies, etc.

          You will also hear people say they used to get more done when they had a job . . . it’s a well understood phenomenon; unless you already have the discipline to set time aside for things you want to do, you will find it even more difficult to master it once you have all the time in the world.

          It’s why many people (not me) get bored, look for part-time jobs, or seek structure in their lives (again, not me). What used to be a precious escape from the drudgery of work now becomes the work.

          Humans are very good at wasting time, especially when they have lots of time to waste.

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        • An interesting point Emilio, “the escape now becomes the work”. I can see how that could happen and we certainly are good time wasters. It seems that discipline is the key. I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks :)

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  5. Emily Heath says:

    Just wanted to say that I don’t read the novel posts because I just don’t have time between work, beekeeping and everything else. The photos are just quicker to look at and take in. I read regularly on my commute but prefer hard copy books – a) you don’t need a good Internet connection to read them and b) I like to give my eyes a break after spending all day on the computer at work.

    You don’t seem like a person who is reliant on the opinion of unknown others for your personal happiness. I suggest you just do whatever you like on your blog and ignore the stats.

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    • disperser says:

      You are correct . . . I’ve been responsible for my personal happiness since about 1955.

      Can’t deny there’s been help along the way (one person made a huge commitment to it some 42 years ago), but mostly it’s under my control.

      And I understand about reading . . . but I did wonder about people who “like” posts when they are obviously not reading them. Like I said, perhaps it’s moral support.

      As for doing whatever I like . . . I think it’s pretty evident that is exactly what I do. The above post was not to bitch about followers or number of visitors, but since I did have the statistics, I figured I would comment that no matter what I do, I get about 20-25 visitors. I’ve written before that if the followers (and people who comment) increase significantly, the blog would become more interactive, and hence less fun.

      In the end, I’m not worried about a sudden increase in my popularity . . . my adult life has taught me a few things, and one of them is that popularity is not my strong suit.

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  6. Carissa says:

    I’m glad I did my 365 project. I had a specific purpose in doing so, and that was to get in the habit of shooting and to IMPROVE my photography. But there were days when I got to 10pm and realized I hadn’t posted anything. That’s when I had to get very creative. I was glad when I hit December 31st though.

    Keep on doing what you’re doing. :)

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