I posted this image on Flickr on April 12, 2013.
At the time of writing, it has accumulated 5,356 views, 249 favourites and 53 comments, which is so far above my average rating it’s ridiculous. I’ve been on Flickr since October 2006 and my 680 posted images have between them collected 27,263 views. So either this is an absolute world class masterpiece, and everything else I’ve ever posted is, well, not, or it is an indication of just how unreliable social media popularity is at evaluating how good your photography is.
Now, this photo has been “selected for Explore”, the meaning of which I’m ashamed to say I don’t quite fully understand. I’m not quite sure what Explore is, but apparently 27 of my photos have been in it - so, a hit rate of 1 in 25, which may or may not be good. But anyway, it does seem to raise visibility and sometimes popularity. Having said that, so does posting a photo from my Sigma DP2 Merrill, whatever the subject.
Perhaps it’s penguins, but then again I’ve post other penguin shots.
Anyway, at least it means that the few generous souls who regularly comment on my photos, probably to cheer me up, can take a few days off. On the downside, I feel morally obliged to respond to all the people who’ve be kind enough to comment, write or “fave”, and so far that’s taken over 2 hours. Still, I’ve discovered some pretty good photos on the way. Check out my own favourites to see a few of them.
I guess it will all calm down again soon enough. It’s nice to feel popular, but I don’t think I could keep up that level of interaction for long. I’m far too much of a miserable old git for that.