Much of today was spent pondering whether or not to sell off my Fuji X-Pro1 and replace it with the new Fuji X-E1. There is the greatly improved electronic viewfinder vs. the downgraded rear LCD (not a significant factor for me, really) and the question of whether I really should go to all that trouble if otherwise everything else is pretty much the same. It will be some time before the hardcore detailed reviews and comparisons come out – and by then I imagine my X-Pro1 would be worth a lot less on the secondary market. There’s also the question of if I can sell my old camera quickly, will there still be stock on the new one before I get on a plane for an extended trip next week? I suppose it won’t hurt for me to post a classified ad and see what kind of response it gets.
What’s also happened today was that I posted a comment or two on some Fuji-related web sites and the resulting traffic driven back to this site has skyrocketed – not just multiples of what I get on an average day but also multiples of my previous best day ever. The question is, does this mean anything and the answer is probably no.
I could have made the decision for this site to only feature my photography but I didn’t. Long ago I decided to feature some limited industry news and links to reviews that I’ve found of interest. This has probably helped my overall hit rate but for what return?
By that I mean I have no evidence that people who come here via a search for “Fuji X-Pro1″ look at anything else other than whatever page they landed on. They see it in a search engine, they click on the link, either they’re satisfied or not by what they’ve found, and then more than likely they close the window, never to return.
Not that I’m claiming any superiority but that’s not how I personally do it. I do a search, I hit some links and then, if I like what I’ve read, I’ll click on the Home button and see what else this person has written about. And then, if I like that, I’ll add the site to my RSS reader and continue to follow it. (I’ve got more than 60 photography-related web sites that I follow in Google Reader.)
I certainly hope that some of the people who found my site today will find a few interesting things and want to come back. By all means, feel free to make a comment or drop me a line about something you liked or didn’t like or things you’d like to see more of here.
In the background, I’ve started working on more targeted galleries for my portfolio page. The first one is up now – HK Street Photography – first because it was the quickest and easiest one for me to put together. Others will follow hopefully soon.
As for what I’ll eventually do in terms of the X-Pro1 vs. the X-E1, stay tuned.