So here I am almost 6 months since I started to seriously blog. Yes, I have had the blog longer than that but didn’t really pay that much attention to it. Then I thought why not, lets join the rest of the world and start to blog. I mean really who wouldn’t be interested in hearing what I had to say? So I sat down and thought about the name. What should I name the blog? What was my blog going to be about? After a whole bunch of thoughts (I mean beers), I decided I would create a blog that was pretty much about anything I wanted. I thought, I have a lot to offer after all I am opinionated, I am confident in my thoughts, I follow politics both in the U.S and Canada, I am in tune with sports, business, social issues etc. I also loved photography so every once in a while I could throw in some photography, talk about my travels and well the blogging world will love me. Thus, I created the name “this, that and whatever else I can think of”.
So the blog was launched. One of my first offerings was around Remembrance Day. A wonderful and thoughtful piece, well IMHO anyway. Surely, people would be interested in what I said and then I pressed the ‘Publish’ button and I was off to the races. Next it was off to the stats page… 1 view… hmm … Oh well… they will soon come I thought… then I proceeded to write some blogs about the occupy movement, the US primary’s, the Conservative agenda, some movies and all mixed in with my own personal observations of the world around me. I had only a few followers, I had very few ‘likes’ on any of my entry’s and then as we rolled into December we came upon the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. I have been to Pearl Harbour and thought “lets show some photography from my time there” so I created this. Suddenly, I had an increase in views and I had some folks leaving comments. Was I on to something?
After a few more posts I decided to concentrate a little more on my photography so I posted about the Art of Seeing. My blog exploded! Well it exploded as far as I was concerned. I had 9 ‘likes’ and almost 24 views.. That’s right in one day, can you believe it. I was on to something! I changed the theme and style of the blog to better suit the over all appearance and showcase the photography a little better.
Thus, my blog began to evolve into something completely different from what I had originally intended. I started to get more followers, I concentrated more on showing my photography and well instead of being about ‘this, that and whatever else I could think of” this blog had become a showcase of some of my photography as well as some of the stories behind the pictures.
So with this evolution I am thinking I need to change the name of my blog…. but the question is to what? I have some ideas but want to make sure I continue to offer something that you, my followers and of course potential new followers want to see. After all it is your viewership (is that a real word), that keeps me interested in doing this. I would be more than interested in hearing your thoughts on a name change. How many photos do people want to see in a post? One, two, ten, what’s a good amount or does it really matter?
Lastly, I was thinking I may like to do a weekly post that is a viewers choice. What I mean by that is what do you want to see? What challenge would you the reader give me to go out and shoot and then post. You choose the topic and I will find the subjects and present them on the blog. Submissions can start now…
Thanks to all who have decided to follow and watch my blog evolve over the last few months.
I leave you with this shot today… Tomorrow we start to explore Curaçao!