6 months of GreenTree Photo
GreenTree Photo has been online for 6 months now. So, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back to see where how things have gone.
Why did I start GreenTree Photo?
Obviously, I have a passion for photography. Unfortunately, I don't get to go out and take photos as much as I would like. Still, I wanted something connected to photography that I could do in those moments when I wasn't committed to other things. Seeing that computers and the Internet are other interests of mine, it seemed only natural to put the two things together. And so GreenTree Photo was born.
The original concept
I wanted to create a blog aimed at anyone, of any age or ability, who enjoys photography. There are already a number of professional blogs out there and there is no way I could compete with them as far as quantity of material posted is concerned. Mostly because they have a team of writers working for them, and I'm alone. As I had done some blogging before, I had a vague idea of how long it would take me to write an article. So, I thought that a realisctic target would be to publish 2 articles per week.
But I knew that the articles would not be enough. In order to help drive traffic to my site and build up a community, I wanted something quick to produce that I could publish every day. This is where the Photo of The Day idea came to me, a section where I can feature the work of a different photographer every day.
I also wanted some social network presence, with Instagram and Facebook being the most popular choice.
Where is GreenTree Photo now?
The easiest way to look at this is to analyse some of the website's traffic statistics:
I have published 44 articles, a little below my original target at 1.7 per week.
The site has received 9199 unique visitors, or an average of 50.5 per day.
It has also had 13586 separate visits, which means that some people are visiting the site more than once.
Most of the site's visitors come from the UK, followed by Russia and then the USA.
The Photo of The Day has featured 140 different photographers. 2 have politely declined my request to link to their images, and a further 22 just haven't replied to my request.
Has it been worth it?
Absolutely! First of all on a personal note I have made contact with a number of very generous and helpful photographers. Not only the 140 (to date) to whom I am eternally grateful to for being able to use their images, but also others who have offered support and help in my venture.
I hope that in six months time I can be here writing about how things have gone even better. Thank you for all the support, catch you soon!