It led me to think more about my own online presence as a photographer, what I’m happy with, and what I might like to change this year.
So this is how my online presence looks like right now –
My own blog – 35hunter
Here I publish a new post every 48 hours about my experiences and thoughts as a photographer, as well as sharing photos from my ongoing archives. The conversations in the comments are my main source of interaction with other photographers online, and something I value greatly.
Other blogs I follow
I follow around 30 other blogs currently, though many of those either post very infrequently or seem on hiatus, so collectively there certainly aren’t dozens of posts a week to keep up with. On average, I leave perhaps a couple of comments a day in total on other blogs, and like to positively encourage others.
As we’ve talked about extensively recently, I’ve used Flickr for over a decade now, mostly as a place to tag, organise and back up my best photographs, and have them easily available to share in posts on 35hunter.
I do also still comment on other photographs there occasionally, and in recent days have made a concerted effort to find more photographs, and more photographers whose work I appreciate.
Sometimes I just make an image a favourite, rather than leave a full comment, and my game plan with Flickr in this regard has always that my own photostream eventually becomes as inspiring and “good” as this stream of favourites I’ve gathered over the years.
I follow and contribute to a couple of threads (The Six Megapixel Club is my favourite) on the excellent, informative, and always welcoming Pentax Forums.
My activity does depend on which cameras I’m using personally at the time. When my Pentax K100D and K-m are being used more, I’m more in a Pentax frame of mind and join in more frequently.
When I’m using digital compacts I visit Pentax Forums far less.
I had planned to explore this site far more, but so far, whilst I have joined, I haven’t done much else.
It’s still something I’d like to investigate more as the year unfolds, but initial thoughts are that I don’t like the look of it as much as Flickr.
And, um, that’s about it.
I don’t really do social media, aside from WordPress and Flickr. I left Facebook around 2010 and despite trying again with Twitter and Instagram in the last couple of years, haven’t enjoyed them, so left again.
I don’t feel there’s much lacking, and the amount of time I spend online for photography related activity feels the right kind of balance for me currently.
How about you? Where do hang out online as a photographer? Are you happy with these places, and the overall balance between them?
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