Every day I get up and trudge over to my Caribou Coffeeshop and pound away on the blog. My 100th post is coming very soon, today is 96. Why do I do this? Sure, coffee is a good enough reason, but what started as a timid toe-in-the-pond experiment has turned into my first thing in the morning ritual. By choosing to post daily I have set a high standard for myself, but it has brought many benefits. I’ve met some very cool people around the world and in my own backyard. I’ve also improved my photography and because of my style of commentary, learned to explain what I am doing and think through my shots more fully.
A lot of my visitors are other photo bloggers and I wonder what got them started. Photography hobby, interest in their own city, desire to meet others around the world? Are you a fellow professional photographer? What got you into it? Let me know in a comment.
I started blogging to learn how to build a custom blog for my client Paul Fricke, I’m a designer by trade. Since he started, we talk a lot about motivation and site traffic is a big one. Thankfully the CDPB and it’s theme days has brought me lots of traffic, but like every other ingrate, I want more. The more people who see what you do, the more value it has.
It’s one thing to read about photography and it’s another to take a good picture everyday and post it to a world audience. I’d like to investigate traffic-building the same way — not theory, but practice. And I want to bring you with me.
The main force behind improved ranking and thus traffic is links to your site. The Theme Days are incredible for this, so if you are a CDPB’er, make sure you join in on this. Another powerful force for bloggers is technorati.com. If you aren’t registered there, do it! It’s easy. You’ll thank me later. Once you have an account, you can ‘favorite’ other blogs. Just search for the blog address on technorati and click the ‘favorite it’ button (it’s red). I’d write more about it, but this post is getting long and like photography, I recommend learning by doing.
So here’s the ‘assignment’ for learning by doing. Go get on technorati if you aren’t already. Then favorite the blogs you like and as a bonus, if you favorite mitchster.com, I’ll favorite you right back. If you link to mitchster.com in a post, I’ll also return the favor. Technorati also has an ‘authority’ number and a ranking, but I’ll talk about those next time.
I know a few of you aren’t interested in traffic and rankings, but how about a few new friends and some more compliments on your pics? It’s not a race, it’s a fun run. Smile, and enjoy the day.[/lang_en]