35hunter‘s first post debuted in December 2015, five years ago, when I was deep into 35mm film photography.
Five years later, I felt it might be a good time to reflect and review, ahead of the next phase – both in blogging, and photography.
In terms of audience growth and interaction on 35hunter, I’m really happy with how the readership has evolved.
Visits and views have gathered steadily, and in this fifth year it looks like settling at around 140000 views and 65000 visits for the year.
These are mind blowing numbers when I think it’s just little old me bashing away in my spare time. It reminds me of the amazing power the internet has to connect people all over the world.
I had no real goals for these numbers when I began, and still don’t.
The most important aspects of blogging for me are having an outlet to gather and share my thoughts, and a few people interested enough to want to talk about them too.
So with blogging, I have no plans to change anything.
A new post every three days works well as a frequency. It’s often enough for me to keep momentum and continuity, but not so frequent as it feels like I’m throwing posts together, blogging hand to mouth.
With photography, the last couple of months have seen me shoot less than any time previously in the life of 35hunter.
I still haven’t quite put my finger on why, though I’m not concerned.
In truth, the majority of pictures I’ve made this year have been of my family, and most of these by a long way have been shot with my Sony Android phone.
It’s more than good enough image quality, simple to use (I have it set up so a double press of the power button wakes it from sleep and instantly opens the camera app) and a bit of tweaking in Snapseed gives results I’m plenty happy with.
Perhaps this family aspect has played a larger factor in my photography practices than I’ve realised.
Having three children now has meant less time, and less desire to escape on my own into the woods or an ancient rural church.
On other photography projects, my One Month, One Camera (OMOC) venture is just finishing its second year, and has been a resounding success, especially in helping me find that balance between focus and variety.
Having too many cameras to choose from overwhelms me and makes me anxious, plus I end up second guessing whether I made the right choice once I’m out in the field.
But the thought of just one camera for a longer period than a month still seems too restrictive.
As much as I adore certain foods like greek yogurt and Green & Blacks 85% dark chocolate, I wouldn’t want to eat them every meal, for days on end.
I like a little variety with my camera choice, just at a slower pace than a different camera every time I go out to shoot – or taking multiple cameras out with me like I know some like to.
So it’s no surprise that I plan to continue the OMOC project in 2021 – not every single month, but probably more of them than not, as with the last two years.
On the gear front, I’d like to reduce further.
I have a handful of lenses I haven’t used in ages, and would rather see them go to someone who’ll put them to frequent good use. So I’ll dust them off (not literally, they’re safely boxed!) and offer them out some way or other in the new year.
If anything, the wider events of this year have made me appreciate the simple things in life even more.
Family, walking, food, photography, books, music. These are so fundamental to my life – and no doubt to yours too – that they’re not likely to change much next year – or any year!
How about you? How has the last year been for you, your photography, and if you have one, your blog? What plans do you have for the coming year?
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