Just a quick note to say ‘Thank you’ to everyone.  I’ve not been blogging long, but you have made me feel so welcome.  Because of your interest in my blog I have reached a personal target, far sooner than I might have wished for.  Although I’m not really interested in such things, it’s inevitable that I should be grabbed by the stats at the beginning and had picked two particular ‘measures’ as a sort of litmus of whether what I was doing was acceptable. 

I won’t share the target with you, because that’s when achievement becomes competitive, and, in my book, blogging shouldn’t be about competition. 

Many many thanks.



23 thoughts on “Thanks

  1. I think it’s impossible to not pay attention to stats and the like when you sign in…
    It’s obvious to me, that you would do well. Your pictures are amazing, and I’ve enjoyed every single one of your posts.
    Keep it up! 🙂
    Roxy x

  2. Right words Stephen! I blogged 1 year only for myself, NEVER looked at the notification sign!!! Then I did it one day and saw that I got an Award. I must unfortunately say that blogging has made me more competitive, but I blog basically because of the good friends I have on my blog!:)

    BTW, your blog has high quality!

  3. You can keep half an eye on stats to see if you are reaching people… But it is the sharing, the reactions that make blogging worthwhile, not competing.

    Thanks to you too for your lovely work that you have been sharing with us 🙂

  4. I’m always happy to pay a visit here, Stephen. There are great photographers, and there are clever writers – you’re both.

    I’m with you and Nil about the why of blogging. I’ll probably never meet my blogging pals, but that’s okay – the interaction is still great fun.

  5. Its very natural that we tend to evaluate ourselves from time to time based on some performance measure or a metric, in any domain. That’s just hard-wired into our ‘intelligent’ brains. I feel that stats and page-hits are a short-term metric, and I’ve realized over the years that you don’t have to suppress the desire to look at them, just not give them too much importance. In the long run, though, the happiness your work / blog / performance gives you is a better metric. I don’t know what your short-term goal was, but I have a hunch that you’ve scored pretty well on both that and the long-term one!

  6. You’re very welcome. Your photos are great and I follow them with interest. I don’t personally look at stats (any more). I found myself being disappointed that no-one appeared to be visiting my blog. Ultimately I blog for myself, as a challenge more than anything. I’m glad you achieved your goal!

  7. Well, I haven’t seen a great deal of your work, but I have seen enough to know that you are talented and very creative. Your images are unique. Really nice. I’m glad they are well-received … as I would have expected! 🙂 Cheers!

  8. I have to admit I had never looked at my stats until I saw your post & was amazed at what I saw. I blog for the comments & the likes I get on my pictures & learn from what others say about them. I also love the opportunity to be able to view great blogs such as yours. I’ve only been following for a short while, but you have me hooked. Wonderful pictures, so much inspiration. Many, many thanks.

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