Thanks, a Million!

Over the weekend I achieved one of those crazy vanity metrics that I feel great about even though it has little measurable impact. My photo blog on Flickr surpassed one million total views.

It feels great and exciting, kind of a cool thing to happen. A million is a nice number to roll around in your head, especially when you consider that I bought my first DSLR — a Nikon D60 — six years ago.

One Million Views on Flickr

You’ll notice two distinct bumps in the above chart, one from my shots at SXSW and last week’s bump from Social Media Marketing World (#smmw14). These two events were nice photo bombs that generated a ton of traffic. You can read my coverage of #smmw14 here on the Vocus blog, but I do want to excerpt one section:

Ekaterina Walter, co-author of The Power of Visual Storytelling, offered a different statistic, which was that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text by the brain. She said, “Content with compelling visual content receives 94 percent more total views.”

I have to agree. I don’t think I could have gotten a surge of new followers, a few new business opportunities, and general momentum from these shows without photographs.

San Diego at night

But I digress. More than anything, hitting a million views makes me feel like I really am a half decent photographer.

There have been a couple of other recent affirmations, too. Over the past two weeks I was asked to file a story on CNN’s iReport platform based on my baseball pics over the years, and to present a photographers view of DC at a networking event in Baltimore, by Dee O’Horan.

My friends Cheryl Vosburg and Mike Smith’s wedding.

So I took the amateur off my photographer description on Twitter. I can safely say that I am a real photographer now.

I still have more to learn, starting with editing in Aperture and Photoshop, as well as maximizing the potential of my Nikon D7100. When I reach that next level, I hope to move to HD full frame shots with a Nikon D800E.


Speaking of photography, if you are in DC on April 9, please join me and social media all star Ann Tran for a beautiful early morning Cherry Blossom photowalk at the Tidal Basin. We will be meeting up at 7 am, and will have an informal coffee and breakfast meetup afterwards.

Thank you to everyone of you who has looked at and/or shared one of my photos. I really appreciate it.

On to the next photo!