One of the things that surprised me about my blog last year was the level of interest that people expressed in my photos. I’ve always used photos to support the stories I’ve told, but in 2014, I added a couple of photo-centric posts that were well received. Since the story I am currently trying to tell is stuck between “this is a stupid idea” and “This will work, I just need more time,” I thought I’d revisit a previous post about the curious popularity of photos on my Flickr site.
As some of my long-time followers might remember, I wasn’t quite sure how to explain the top 20 photos, as measured by views, on my Flickr site back in November of 2013. I am less able to explain that ranking today. Worse yet, the top-20-by-views ranking doesn’t even include 10 photos that I’d really like to share with you.
Fortunately, Flickr lets me sort my photos by another measure: “interestingness” – and, apparently, that is actually a word. So here’s the deal: I’m going to give you a quick update and then share interesting photos Miss America style. Today I’ll post photos 11-20. Mid-week, I’ll post the Top-10 most interesting photos I have. Hopefully, by then, I will have nudged the post that I am working on out of the cobwebbed corner of my brain.
Speaking of interesting, although I was quite happy with my WordPress stats for 2014, all-time views of my Flickr site are almost an order of magnitude greater than views of this blog.
You can read about my original puzzlement with Flickr ranking, and if you like, you can take a quick peek at the Top-20 photos from 2013 on this blog’s Facebook page. The Cable Car is still #1 and the picture of the crane illuminated by the light of someone welding is still in the Top-10. I am sure that the latter is due to the fact that I mentioned that “welding sounds like bacon frying” and people are finding that photo when searching for bacon. It’s all about the search terms, I’m told.
Here are my 11th through 20th most interesting photos. The titles and descriptions are embedded. You can see part of the description if you hover over a photo or read the whole shebang by clicking on any one photo and starting a slide show.
Note: Regular readers will recognize four of the Top-20 photos from my “favorite things” posts last November and longtime regular readers might recognize a few others from previous posts.
Views are views. Interesting seems to be a mix of views, comments and likes. I am happier with this group of 10 than I was with the most popular 11-20th photos. I hope you will find them interesting too.