What’s Next For Spike’s Photos?

I’m nearing the two year anniversary for this web site.  The first year was kind of slow but readership picked up in the second year thanks to a bit of SEO, a few (hopefully) worthwhile comments on other blogs and probably some reciprocal links.  I have  As the two year mark approaches, I’m thinking about what I want from this page and what I will do here next.

While the site was primarily set up to share my own photos and thoughts on photography, I often included links to other items of interest to me.  I share. That’s my nature.  But sharing for what purpose?

This site had over 9,000 unique visitors in October 2012.  Less than 30 comments (not counting spam).  A certain hard core number of people who keep coming back or have me in their RSS reader but a very large group of people who find this site via Google searches for camera reviews.   I have no idea how many return, I don’t spend the time viewing reports to that level of detail.  Most of these people aren’t interested in the photos here, just whatever I’ve written or linked to about whatever camera they’re interested in.

The links that I provide to Amazon and B&H Photo that might provide me with some money are rarely clicked on.  That’s okay enough. Every web site has associate links; there’s no overwhelming reason to click on mine.   I basically earn back enough to cover my annual hosting costs, which are low.   It would be nice to earn some extra cash given that I’ve essentially been unemployed for a substantial period of time, but it is what it is.  I know what it would take to get me to that level but it’s a matter of finding the time to do it.

Nothing is free and that includes time.  My time.  I have too many things to do, too many things I’m working on, my attention and focus are often too divided for me to properly concentrate on those things that will bring me some form of return – whether that return be financial or just making some new friends.

So I doubt I’ll be doing any of those news link posts any more.  If you come here looking for that, sorry, there probably won’t be much of it in the future.  I’m still going to post my own photos, my own tales of my learning process and my mistakes, the occasional review or mention of equipment I’m using.

Anyway, happy upcoming anniversary to me.  Thanks for reading this.  Really.



  1. Luke November 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Happy returns! The reasonI visit your blog is to look at the photos you are taking, and to see how you are getting on with your professional photography.
    The camera reviews and such don’t interest me in the slightest, but, that’s just me.
    Please, keep the blog updated, its good to keep up with what you are up to.

  2. Buck November 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Today’s crowd hates ads, not realising that’s what pays for ‘free’. I myself haven’t bought any camera gear in several years but when something strikes my eye, I click on the B&H ad here specifically because it helps maintain the web site.

    I love the photos but don’t feel… qualified, I guess, to comment on many of them. Maybe I should comment more but I’m afraid I’ll look like a hick among the sophisticated city folk. Thanks for both your webbers and yes, I’m an RSS guy.

    • spike November 8, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      Thank you Luke and Buck. I know you two guys actually look at the personal stuff I post and I appreciate it! The blog will continue, but right now I’m thinking, as I said, just my own photos and my own thoughts on stuff, no more copying press releases or linking to other reviews, doesn’t seem to be any percentage in my continuing to do that.

  3. eric November 9, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    As previously mentioned, I greatly enjoy your HK street photography, and hope to see more of it in the future. Your posts about your equipment – and your inability to resist frequent new purchases — are also very enjoyable and enlightening ! I will continue to visit here.

    • spike November 9, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      Thanks Eric. My Fuji X-Pro1 is currently listed for sale so if I manage to sell it, stay tuned to see what’s coming next!

  4. davethevet November 9, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    You selling the lenses too? Always interested in photos and thoughts Spike, thanks.

    • spike November 9, 2012 at 10:26 am #

      Yes lenses too but trying to sell everything at once

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