Let Your Inner Child Run Wild
There are 8 Photos in This Gallery and a longer message than usual.
Instead of posting a silly graphic comparing the traffic on my blog to the Louvre, I will try to give a meaningful year end message. My blog is four years old this month. During the first year I had very little contact with other WordPress.Com bloggers. The beginning of 2013 saw a major shift in viewers of this blog from a certain large photo forum that I no longer frequent, to other WordPress.Com bloggers and other different sources. I went from about 20 followers to several thousand in a very short period of time, although the growth has since leveled off. During 2014 I regret several very active bloggers who followed my blog stopped blogging. In some cases I know why, perhaps the others became bored or worn out. About one third of the blogs listed as following mine are inactive, in my estimation. During this time I have become friendly with several other bloggers and have contact with them via Facebook or email.
My view is the best use for a blog is to publish original content. If you utilize the content of others in your blog, please be careful to stay within the boundaries of fair use, public domain or creative commons material. Everything here is copyrighted except for one image (out of over 2,700) that is creative commons. I had a few instances of misappropriation this year which is annoying because I give permission for use without payment of fees frequently.
My photography has changed a lot over the last four years. In a shift from completely candid street photography there is a lot more interaction with the subjects now. There has been an expansion of genres into abstract and architectural subjects. Travel photography continues to look less like typical travel photography and more like it was done by some living in the area.
To all of you who have visited my blog or even liked my posts from the reader, thank you. Please return in 2015. I already have three big trips planned for the first quarter. Happy new year to all, and let your inner child run wild.