Experiment

Jeg har arbeidet med denne bloggen (til felles glede for alle) i ganske nøyaktig ett år. Og jeg ser at når jeg i dag publiserer en foto-reportasje så får jeg idag mellom 35-45 ‘Likes’ fra venner og abonnenter spredt over hele verden. (Av og til mer!) Så hadde jeg selvsagt håpet at slike venner, selvfølgelig forutsatt at de likte bildene jeg presenterte, ville gjøre seg kjent med hva som var publisert ved tidligere anledninger? De besøker jo meg for å se bilder?

I have worked this blog (to be enjoyed by all) for pretty much one year exactly. And I observe that when I publish a post today, I usually end up with a respons counting 35-45 ‘likes’ from friends and subscribers all  over the world. (Some times even  more!)  Of course, I had hoped that such friends (provided they appreciated what they found) would be inquisitive enough to browse through my archives or INDEX in order to familierize themselves with what was published before?  The reason why they are visiting my blog would appearantly be to look at pictures?

Men ‘blogg-innlegg’ ser ut til å falle i klasse med ‘fersk-vare’? Har de bare interesse dersom de er tatt inneværende uke?
Neppe! Jeg har jo ved flere anledninger publisert bilder som har vært flere år gamle? Og idag blir slike bilder godt besøkt, mens de som faktisk ble publisert for 8-9 måneder siden visner hen?  Jeg har mange ganger lurt litt på hva som ville hende om jeg bare re-publiserete en gammel foto reportasje? Ville noen i det hele tatt legge merke til det? Så hvorfor er det slik? Kan noen gi en fornuftig forklaring på hvorfor ‘arkiv-fotos’ synes å være totalt uten interesse?
For reportasjen under linken er langt fra den eneste som er i ferd med å ‘avgå ved døden’.

But blog posts seem to fall into the category ‘fresh foods’?  Does pictures only create an interest if they are taken the same week? I think not!  Many of the pictures which are getting a full respons were actually taken many years ago!  While photo reports beeing published 9-10 months ago quietly dies in their archives. I have many a time wondered what would happen if I just republished an old report? Would anybody notice?
So why is it like this?  Can anybody come up with a plausible explanation why ‘archive photos’ seems to be totally without interest?

Her er et innlegg som ble publisert i November 2012 og som har ligget der siden. Det har fått hele 6 ‘Likes’! Og siden virker det ikke som noen i det hele tatt har vært der? Hadde det blitt publisert i dag ville det høyst sannsynlig fått en respons 35-40? (som de andre)  Eller er det faktisk slik at bildene i dette innlegget er så mye dårligere enn hva jeg publiserer i disse dager? Det ville jeg like å vite?! Det skulle ikke forundre meg om dere alle finner at dere har et tilsvarende problem?

Here  is a photo report from Kjerringvik, published on Nov. 2012 which has been lying there ever since. It’s gained a full 6 ‘Likes’!  Since then nobody seems to have visited that particular post. (And I’m curious! ) If it had been published today, it would most likely gotten a response of 30-35 like most others of today? Or is, in fact, my picturess of 2012 inferior to those published today? I’d really like to know?  And I wouldn’t be very surprised if most of you would recognize a similar problem?

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42 Responses to Experiment

  1. I think maybe you have already had some of the best comments. But it does seem true that the archive is a bit useless for many of us bloggers. I notice new subscribers or those who stumble across the blog sometimes take a look back at the archive but it seems to be a random look rather than a specific search. I also think that many just read the ‘bit’ that is in the wordpress reader and not bother to click the blog to enter. But as long as you enjoy doing the blog and enjoy the feedback you get then I suppose we should all be happy…..trouble is some folk do see it as a challenge to increase followers and the number of like clicks.

    • Seenorway says:

      Guilty as charged, David! 🙂
      You know, working the blog I do, ever looking for new destinations to photograph it does take quite some time at the expence of other things one could do. And travelling cost money these days. I’d hate to think there were only a dozen people interested to see the results. It’s in my blood and have always been: Wanting to expand! Setting goals and pushing myself!
      It’s to easy to sit down in a rockin chair and let the world go by. Soon I’ll be going backwards. That’s not the way I was made. That’s me! (Like it or not 🙂 )

      In my first year on WP I registered more than 30 000 visits spread among 123 countries all over the world. By december 2014 I hope to pass 90 000 visits spread over 130 countries.
      Will I reach my goal? I haven’t the foggiest notion, but it will keep me going another year!

  2. RoSy says:

    I notice that with my blog too. I don’t think most people go back to the archives unless they have time to spare or there is a link from a current post.
    I don’t usually go through archives as I barely have time to keep up with current posts. And – I know lately – with the holidays & family gatherings – I’ve missed quite a few recent posts too.

    • Seenorway says:

      Hi, RoSy, –
      Yes I know the feeling. That’s why I started to included 3-5 hyperlinks in all early photo reports (making it easy). After all, they say they are visiting me to look at pictures? But the links have obviously not been used to a high degree, why I started to include a ‘return link to INDEX’ in all my posts. Even that doessn’t seem to be of particular interest? 🙂 My last option seems to be re-posting old photo reports (and I really don’t want to go through that door) When you click on on of my reports, you should feel confident that this is something you haven’t seen before?!

  3. Mormor says:

    NB Det er ikke alltid jeg trykker på likeknappen 🙂
    Kan hende det er slik med andre også?
    Klem 🙂

    • Seenorway says:

      Det er det sikkert. Det hender jeg ikke trykker selv. Men da er det min ærlige og oppriktige mening at akkurat det fotoet det er snakk om ikke anses spesielt, eller at det ikke gir meg en opplevelse av spesiell karakter. Dermed koker det vel ned til hvorvidt bildene fra Kjerringvik (eller Trollstigen) er så dårlige at ingen synes det er bryet verdt, noe jeg altså selv ikke ser?

      • Mormor says:

        Vi ser alltid med våre egne briller – det jeg finner vakkert, slående eller morsomt er ikke alltid det samme som du ser. Og slik er det vel med oss alle.

        • Seenorway says:

          Selvsagt! Jeg husker jeg engang skrev et innlegg som het ‘Skift briller’ (VGB) og jeg tror det er noe av det bedre jeg har skrevet i mitt liv 🙂 men igjen så har jeg jo mine egene briller som kan være vanskelig å kvitte seg med 🙂 Det ligger nok fortsatt der, men kan ikke responderes til lenger etter at VG ‘stengte døra’. Jeg finner tittelen, men VG melder at selve innlegget ikke lenger finnes. Mon det?

  4. Mormor says:

    Blogger har vel blitt omtrent som aviser, kan hende?
    Yesterday’s news leses ikke.. ..

    • Seenorway says:

      Ja, uomtvistelig ‘ferskvare’. Det har jeg visst lenge. Man må jo ta fakta inn over seg. På den annen side har jeg jo beviselig fått flere hundre abommenter lenge etter at disse reportasjene ble publisert og det er forskjell på en fotoreportasje som fokuserer på natur sammenlignet med en nyhetsreportasje om et ran på Tøyen. Rondane har f.eks. ligget der i uiminnelige tider og er fotografert tusenvis av ganger av forskjellige fotografer, men – det er tidspunktet da JEG fotograferte det som synes å være utslagsgivende. Jeg skjønner det faktisk ikke! Og derfor lurte jeg på om andre hadde kommet frem til fornuftige svar litt annerledes enn mine 🙂 ?

      • Mormor says:

        Jeg tror det har noe med hva man “vil” se. Ofte er det et aktivt valg som må til. Og like ofte er det man ikke velger noe som helst, et valg det også. Men nøyer seg med “dagens overskrift”
        Om “overskriften” ble skrevet for år tilbake kan derfor være irrelevant. Men behandles som “ferskvare”.
        Klem 🙂

        • Seenorway says:

          Tja?! La oss si at du oppdaget en vokalist som du virkelig likte? Ville du ikke gått igjennom listen på tidligere utgitte titler for å sjekke om du fant virkelige ‘gullkorn’? Det ville jeg gjort!
          Det er ikke lenge siden jeg snublet over siden til Suldal Foto og endte opp med å bla meg igjennom nesten 1000 naturbilder (og jeg angrer ikke et sekund! ) Men ja, vi er alle litt forskjellige. Hvis man går på en utstilling så nøyer man seg neppe med å se på bare det bildet som ble hengt opp i går? I så fall handler det kanskje mer om ‘å bli sett’ enn å ‘se’? 🙂 Som du kanskje skjønner, så er jeg på et lite ‘dypdykk’ i den menneskelige organisme? En slags adferdspsykologi? 🙂

          • Mormor says:

            Jeg dypdykker, noen ganger, men det må virkelig tennes noe i meg, for å ta arkivrunden. Nå er jeg ganske lettantennelig, men like vel.
            Kanskje det ikke er så mange i vår fragmenterte og hastige tid som tar oss tid til dypdykk, men hva vet jeg?

            • Seenorway says:

              Vi er nok alle, frivillig eller ufrivillig, et produkt av vår tid? Og det er ikke bare positivt!
              Ikke har vi tid til å snakke sammen lenger. (Tar ikke telefonen når den ringer) SMS er liksom mye lettere og mindre forpliktende?
              Språket (vår kulturarv) blir i økende grad ispedd engelske ord og forkortelser. Folk kan jo snart ikke snakke lenger?
              Jeg forsøkte å finne nevnte artikkel på VG, men de hadde tilsynelatende kastet den. (Finnes ikke lenger) Men du fikk meg til å lete, og selvsagt fant jeg den i en ‘krok’ på egen PC. Nå er den re-publisert som den første i min historie! Men jeg tror ikke jeg greier å oversette den uten at den underliggende meningen forsvinner, så blir det på norsk for nordmenn 🙂

  5. Al says:

    I agree with Sue People rarely go back into the archives to see what is there. I find that with mine. Best thing is to repost a couple. Or link to them with the suggestion of checking out the ones either side of that post.

    • Seenorway says:

      I’ve tried that. Being an old hand at this, the first 3-4 months I included active hyperlinks pointing to other recent posts. You’d think a hyperlink would be easy to touch, but it proved very ineffective – unfortunately. An today there are still posts posted Jan-Apr 2012 that have barely been responded to. But of cours, I only had a couple of dozen followers at the time. Since then there has been hundreds and I can’t help wishing they’d open their eyes? 😀
      And we’re the only people that can do something about this? We’d all gain!

  6. I notice this happening a lot as well. My current posts will have 40 or 50 likes, but my archived ones have around 3 or 4. And my blog is only 4 months old! A lot of people follow and only read the newer posts, and some actually only hit ‘like’ through the reader without even visiting the page to read the entire post. It makes you wonder sometimes , but each person has their way of doing things. I, myself, have gone through the archives of many blogs but sometimes there are just too many posts to hit and like them all. It’s not that I don’t appreciate them though, because I wouldn’t follow a blog if I didn’t like the content 🙂

    • Seenorway says:

      Hey Ms Tranquility,
      You’re touching onto a valid point: Yes some of us have a lot of pictures! Mostly it applies to those that really are working photos (like for instance my blog), but they are there for a reason: Catering to 5 million Americans with a Norwegian heritage! In other words: I don’t expect all of them to inspect each and every photo in my archives, but I’d think they’d be interested in the posts including pictures from the places where gradpa lived? And since they are originally all coming from diffrerent places in Norway, I’d expect manyu would search geographically (via my Index more than archives) Still – there is practically nobody visiting my posts from the first 4-5 months and that’s a bit strange?

      • It is a bit strange, but it does happen a lot. Sometimes if people don’t follow from the beginning of creating your blog, those posts will hardly be seen. I’ve felt the same way you do, about my blog as well. Maybe you can try and post one of the older pictures to your page with a link back to the index/archives for them to see more. That way your true followers can become more engaged with your blog and continue to search for more. Sometimes people become overwhelmed with the amount of blogs they follow and are just not inclined to do a bit more research….this is where re-blogging and linking help out a lot in newer posts. I know it doesn’t seem right, but it does help when your follower count increases to show them your past work so that they can appreciate it all.

  7. Your photo’s are of interest… and like many of my old posts many do not delve into their archives and on occasion I repost one now and again… May I suggest you add pages with some of your favourites! as I have done with things I feel may be of interest on my blog.. There people can see the links and comment.. or press the like also..

    I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas, and sending you my thoughts and well wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year.. for 2014
    Blessings Sue

    • Seenorway says:

      Hi Sue,
      Yes, I know the game 🙂 Been a blogger for 8 years now, but I have included a link now and again to these old posts but with no particular effect. And I have a hard time believing I was an inferior photographer a year ago compared to now. After all I have been dabbling in pictures since 1957 🙂 Just thought I’d make one last try using ‘big letters’, ’cause this is a problem that certainly applies to most of us, and we are the only peeople on planet Earth that have the ability to do something about it? And we’d all benefit!

    • Seenorway says:

      There is something very strange here, Sue:
      You have obviously visited my report ‘Kjerringvik’, and I do believe that you have given it a ‘Like’? And so have probably others now?
      But it still stands with only 6 avatars/likes in the bottom! As you may have discovered, there were 4 hyperlinks in the bottom of the report. I just checked for any changes, but there were absolutely none. As before: ‘Trollstigen’: 5′, ‘Aursjøvegen’: 12, ‘Solvorn’: 5 and ‘Verdens Ende’: 4. And I think you’d like them all? But it’s hard to believe that ‘likes’ don’t register in these early posts alone when it obviously has registered from some?

      • Don’t take it to heart my friend, I often get just likes and then some will tell me that the likes didn’t load, And many followers never ever visit… I do know loading has been a problem,and Know this to be a fact as several people’s blogs I visited in the Summer had this problem, and Often I couldnt even get to comment as it would freeze me out… I know WP did have a few hic-cups then…
        I know if some visit via their reader, I know they do not read all of the posts… I hardly ever visit via the reader, preferring to access via email links…. I have 500 + in my inbox from WP alone…..
        Wishing you well and a very Happy Healthy New Year to you my friend…
        Take Care.
        Sue

        • Seenorway says:

          You’re a ‘gem’!

          • No just a mortal being with Mineral Content 🙂 LOL… haha… who is sniffing in her bed with a heavy cold right now…. As I let go of the past year… 🙂 Hugs to you xxx

            • Seenorway says:

              Last year? What’s that? Last year is a thing of the past. (Over the shoulder) I never look back! Not ever!
              Like driving a car my gaze is focused far ahead while I’m thinking what I could possibly encounter over the next ridge.
              Sorry about your cold, b ut to be expected with the changing weather you’ve been having this fall.
              Nothing a very warm blackcurrant-toddy or eggnog won’t fix, I hope!

            • Thank you, feeling better today 🙂 and I had a toddy in my tea! 🙂 it really does work wonders 🙂

            • Seenorway says:

              That’s excellent, Sue! Two real tall ones late in the afternoon does the trick!
              (You need to swet it out! )
              Tea you may take as a desert 🙂 – preferrably green tea! (Lots of antioxidants!)

            • I drink mostly Nettle tea and Green teas and brew my own Kombucha tea too 🙂 For antioxidants I rarely drink Coffee and it has to be a milky one 🙂

            • Seenorway says:

              On the right track then, Sue. Possibly you’ll be out of it by tomorrow!
              Cheers!

            • Thank you, I have to be, and WILL be for I am back at work tomorrow!.. The Universe always has a plan LOL..

            • Seenorway says:

              Work tomorrow? Dec. 31st?! Would you be selling firecrackers? In Norway we don’t do a thing (excep may be eating and drinking) before Jan 3rd! 😀
              We celebrate 2014! Don’t you?

            • I am a support worker we work 24/7 even Christmas Day! .. 🙂 Lucky for me I am on an early shift.. 7 till 3pm so I will be raising my glass with Hubby 🙂

            • Seenorway says:

              I guess I should have guessed . . . .?! 🙂

        • Seenorway says:

          You can’t! If one does, blogs would get deleted and bloggers would disappear!
          I’m just curious to why things are like they are? And I think this is the human aspect of things. Nothing to do with the WP in particular. I’ve had large blogs on at least 4 different portals over the last 8 years and there’s no difference where ever I am!

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