SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 011

The background for these posts can be found in THIS post.

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today, I offer a gallery with 365 photos originally shared in THESE posts. In January 2014 I started a series entitled Untitled Posts. You can read more about the series in the Untitled Post — Epilogue post which summarizes the effort, which was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to see if daily posts would increase my readership, and I wanted to see if short posts with just photos would increase my readership.

From it, I learned that no matter what I tried, the number of actual visitors remained fairly constant at about 25 per day. Occasionally it would jump to 30, or drop to 20, and that’s still the case eight years later despite my subscriber numbers having more than tripled since then.

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

Basically, it confirmed that no matter what I did, I wasn’t going to increase readership, and that’s fine.

There are many sites that purport to advise bloggers on how to significantly increase traffic, but I don’t read their advice because it boils down to being lucky and or striking the public’s fickle interest. Only a few things reliably affect readership: porn, religion, and politics. Really, it’s only porn since religion and politics are basically different manifestations of porn.

Anyway, on to the gallery of 365 photos.

B29 Superfortress

“Why 365?”

At that time, everyone and their uncles were doing “365 projects”. I don’t see as many these days (no one I’m following), but the idea of “365” efforts was to commit to posting at least a photo a day for a year (I did something like it with Project 313).

At the time, I couldn’t see committing to a full year of doing something (I’d just retired and it sounded too much like a job).

So, I posted the equivalent number of photos in 102 posts that spanned five months.

Some of the photos were part of other posts, and some were processed specifically for this effort. Many of the photos were what I call ‘orphans’ … photos that are one-off and not part of a larger set.

Examples of photos that didn’t go with anything . . .

I even included a selfie (which was used in my 1984 Cover Makeover).

If you’re from Michigan, you might recognize this location . . .

And, of course, lots of birds, bugs, and flowers . . .

This next series is of a large print that was on the wall where I used to work while in Colorado. It’s the skeletonized view of a plane (there were a number of similar prints, but this was special because one day I spotted a flaw no one else had noticed for years. See if you can spot it . . .

I can tell you that even not being an expert in airplane design, I figured the giant paperclip was not part of the structure. These drawings were either scanned or photographed, and the paperclip likely sat unnoticed, through the shoot, the post-processing, and the printing of these plates.

While I worked there, I also engaged in my own artistic endeavors using empty coffee and cookie cans. By the way, I was the one who brought those cookie cans in . . . I added the small one as a place-holder, but the company was bought before I could complete my creation, and the new owner — although a slimeball, or maybe because of it — insisted on maintaining a professional front.

As a side note, during that time, I got onto an e-mail list that kept offering free magazine subscriptions (one-year subscriptions you would then have the option to continue … which I never did because I knew they would offer it again). Anyway, at one time I was getting something like 30 magazines a month. Here’s a photo of some of them arranged on the table where I worked. Not the actual table where I worked (I had a desk), but rather the table in the lunchroom of the company where I worked.

20 or so of the magazine subscriptions I had. There were others at home that I wanted to keep.

Anyway, let me show you a few more random photos and then offer up the slideshow.

Plenty more in the gallery.

Note: the transition is set to 2sec, but — if you move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow. If you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button, you’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug. You can still scroll through the photos, or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of Untitled Posts Photos Gallery (365 photos)

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