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!
- Nikon: "A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses"
- 50 inspirational nude photos
- Is Apple turning its back on photographers?
- Lens thieves ruin the day
- Adding passion to nude photography
- 150 unmissable photography sites
- Top 50 photography websites
- The Dirty Tricks of Food Photographers
- Making your own flash diffuser
- Implied nudity in portraiture
- Prime lenses
- Macro photography for $10
- How much should you charge for a photograph?
- How To: Concert Photography
- 100 amazing iPhone photos
- The ultimate guide to HDR photography
- Creating a photography portfolio
- Photographing smoke
- Create your own IR pass filter
- Giving a good photo critique