Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 — 1/400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 320 — map & image data — nearby photos
near the Ryoanji Temple （龍安寺), Kyoto Japan
I was sort of amused to read “Stop Advertising in Photo Magazines – Head West to the Web” on Trey Ratcliff's “Stuck in Customs” photo-travel blog, about how his $30,000 ad buy in some photography magazines was a bust. What caught my attention was not that print is dying, but that here's a guy with a blog roughly as popular as mine doing $30,000 ad buys(!)
I recall once he mentioned his pageviews and remember that they were comparable to mine. In his recent article, though, he lists the number of blog photos served per day, which is not quite a metric I've ever thought about (and when he compares his numbers to a magazine's subscriber count, perhaps he should compare instead to the number of subscribers multiplied by the number of photos in each issue, but I digress). Anyway, the stats average out to about 160,000 photo-views per day, and I checked mine and found that it was about 120,000/day for the same period; not quite the same, but to the same order of magnitude.
Of course, one should take into account that I put a bazillion photos of suspect quality on most posts, and he puts only one, and that he actually sells a product (something about HDR, which I don't do), so maybe there's no real comparison to be made. And frankly, I don't do comparisons anyway because my goal is not to be bigger or better or something-else-er than someone else, or even to grow an audience. I just enjoy sharing, and if other people at times enjoy what I share, well, then I'm tickled pink.
At worst, I'll have all the articles to reread when I get old, to share with Anthony when he gets old enough, and God willing, to share with grandkids. And that's not a bad deal, if you ask me. But $30,000 ad buys!? Maybe I should turn this into a business?
It's clear that Trey enjoys what he does with his blog, so that's great for him, but I don't have a disposition that could enjoy this if I worried about metrics or cash flow or click-through rates, so I guess I'll continue to bumble forward with posts about things dear to my heart, mostly family, photography, and Kyoto.
And speaking of that, the photo above, taken at a bamboo fence along a path on the same outing as the other day's "A Cold, Wet, Photogenic Visit To The Ryoanji Temple, is unrelated to this post. I just think it's pretty.
(For more on that photo and where it was taken, see this followup post)