Are you keeping and sharing only your very best photographs?
Or do you struggle to sift out the mediocre from the magnificent, and end up keeping the whole lot – and making most of them public?
Here’s another question that even on its own, is deceptively powerful in helping you decide which photographs to keep, and which to delete.
The question is –
If this was the first photograph of mine a new reader/viewer happened upon online, does it make the first impression I want it to?
If the answer is no, and the image you’re currently viewing with finger hovering over delete is something you’re less than proud of and doesn’t show what your capable of, then let that finger drop.
At first you might find that nine times out of 10 – or 99 times out of 100 – you delete the image.
Don’t panic. It’s ok.
Because what you’ll be left with are the very best photographs you’re currently capable of.
Which in turn will inspire you to make more photographs of the same standard in future.
For bloggers reading this, exactly the same principle applies.
Before you publish, ask yourself the same kind of question.
If this post was the first post a new reader stumbled upon, does it give a great impression of the standard of writing and photography they can expect from your blog? And does it give regular readers more of what they’ve come to enjoy?
If the answer to either of these questions is no, then maybe look at editing further – or not publishing at all.
The first time people find us, we want them to be impressed and rewarded enough to want to return, and they’ll only do that if the initial post is good enough. If it’s not, then don’t share it.
What question(s) do you ask yourself to help you decide which photographs get culled and which get shared?
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