I've just posted this image on my Facebook 'fan page' (a horrible term!) and I thought I'd put it on here as well so I could compare viewing figures. I fear the blog may have had its day!
So half a day later the results are:
Facebook: 161 views with 32 people "talking about this" (a Facebook term for people who liked, shared or commented on the image)
Blog: 8 views!
Up until earlier this year the 'viewing figures' on this blog had steadily increased to a point where it was averaging between 2500 and 3000 hits a month, whilst not massive numbers it was heading in the right way. It's hovered at this point for quite a while and then a few months ago it slowly started to drop, with the current monthly figure being 1700.
Now it could be I've suddenly become a crap photographer and I'm scaring people away! But for the sake of my ego I refuse to believe this :-)
I think it's down to the rise in Facebook as a promotional tool for photographers and now 'viewers' can follow all their favourite photographers and have all their new work delivered to them direct to their homepage, which is much more preferable to having to jump from site to site just to see if any new contents been added. Blogs get forgotten.
I've only been doing the 'fan page' for a couple of weeks and numbers are already encouraging with most images getting 200 plus views, occasionally passing the 500 mark. And at the end of the day, for the jobbing photographer, it's all about exposure.
So is this blog no more. Well...probably not. I'm thinking about just uploading tutorial content from now on, Photoshop tips and stuff. These sort of posts have greater longevity as they are constantly visited due to google searches.
I'll update the viewing figures tomorrow (just in case any of the eight of you are interested!)