September 2011: A record month for me.

It's almost a year since I moved my Photocritic blog over here to Pixiq. I'll be honest with you; it was a tense time. Was I selling out my readers? Would people react well or would they hate it? Would they run away by the droves, or would I collect a nice amount of new readers, and benefit from the cross-promotion with other talented photography writers?

I was worried about giving up control. I was worried about not being able to do the coding myself. I was worried about not being able to implement my own code on the blog. It turns out I was worrying about absolutely nothing. Sure, there are toys I wish I could have, and there are occasional bugs on Pixiq that I think ought to have been fixed quicker (I'm particularly looking at the video player that doesn't work in all browsers - but apparently that is getting fixed soon)...

But ultimately, handing over the keys to the technical side of the blog means that I don't have to worry about caching layers, bandwidth costs, or server tweaking. Being able to ignore all that and concentrate on what I do best - Writing and ranting about photography - has been liberating.

And I believe it shows: the month of September has shown me, more than any other month, that I've made the right decision. My posts alone here on Pixiq attracted a quarter of a million page impressions - yes, that's nearly 250,000 page impressions, just for me. Pixiq as a whole, obviously, got a whole load of extra traffic too.

The top 20 articles in September:

In other words, these are the ones that have been most read... And if you haven't seen one or more of them yet, perhaps you'll find a gem or two here!

  1. Nikon: "A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses"
  2. 50 inspirational nude photos
  3. Is Apple turning its back on photographers?
  4. Lens thieves ruin the day
  5. Adding passion to nude photography
  6. 150 unmissable photography sites
  7. Top 50 photography websites
  8. The Dirty Tricks of Food Photographers
  9. Making your own flash diffuser
  10. Implied nudity in portraiture
  11. Prime lenses
  12. Macro photography for $10
  13. How much should you charge for a photograph?
  14. How To: Concert Photography
  15. 100 amazing iPhone photos
  16. The ultimate guide to HDR photography
  17. Creating a photography portfolio
  18. Photographing smoke
  19. Create your own IR pass filter
  20. Giving a good photo critique

Photo Credit: "Dance" on Flickr (cc) by Nuno Duarte.