Hi Brian, good question for a first post!.
The internet is a cloud of constant climate change. A lot has changed since I started my site in 2010. I was inspired to create one at a workshop by my future MLP mentor Moose Peterson. He asked the class what we did with our images. Most everyone said their images would get stored on a hard drive. It was just before the industrial internet (Facebook, Instagram, 500px, Flicker, Yahoo, meetup, etc.)., and I figured that I’d create a website to share my images.
My criteria from the beginning were not to use any 3rd party clouds, to pay and own a highly configurable theme, to use a quality independent hosting company and to own & create everything myself. I was not going to trust my content to anyone except myself, no matter how much extra work or cost. My site would be add free, solicitation free, sign up free and newsletter push free. Finally, my landing page images were not going to be thumbnails, but use 100% of the page fold, to fully celebrate images at ratios that did not stretch, warp, compress, or crop. Image integrity had to be maintained.
My website has morphed into my cloud. I have become a knowledgeable webmaster. My web performance scores very, very high, or straight A’s. I have blocked Google and other reputable bots from indexing my images, so I don’t fret too much about the content being stolen. The flip side of that is that it is a low visited/viewer website.
But my site environment is not about “Likes.” It is similar to NPS; it is about trying to share, at my best level, the best of photography.
I write articles on image-making, gear, video tips, WW1 aviation, travel locations. To date, I have a few thousand posts/pages.
Additionally, when I lead workshops, I use the site for the students to access, workshop content, workshop sign up, and downloads. Finally, the first blog links to a sister website where I store client images for them to access or download.
I recently put up a page called ‘Years of Months.’ What a unique way to reflect on your life of ten years of image-making by month and year.
I read that only a small percentage of photographers can write about their work. A web site/blog completes the circle for me, much like making the print of an image.
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