Success in the media, both old and new

I sent one of my bird photos to the local paper and they picked it up. It must have been a slow news week in this slow news town, but it's nice to get a little recognition.

Also this week the blog 802Online linked to my May Day post and as that site gets some traffic, (much more than this tiny blog gets on its own) the link led to a corresponding surge in visitors to this site. On one hand I'm grateful but it is always somewhat disconcerting when this happens, most people just follow the link, take a quick look, and move on. A minority of the visitors, however, do delve into the site, go through the archives, look at older posts, etc. I know that a blog is no place to publish secrets but I have noticed that this document is a pretty self-aborbed piece... it really is all about me -- and, consequently, isn't really too interesting, and quite narcissistic.

Also in the world of "user generated content" (sometimes referred to as "loser generated content") I have a small youtube page which exists solely to support any videos I post on this site... I have no aspirations to rule youtube.

Anyway I posted a couple of videos from the Valentine's Day blizard on youtube, I would be the last person to suggest that they are in any way interesting (how interesting can video of snow piling up be?). The long, more boring, version of this video suddenly has been viewed almost 2000 times... I find this very curious. How is this happening, where are these viewers coming from, etc.? I wonder if this is an anomaly in youtube's tracking system or are there that many seriously bored people out there? And I find it curious that none of these 'viewers' have watched other videos posted on the page -- perhaps they were repulsed -- or visited this blog.

Trust me -- I know this isn't interesting.

Lastly, there is an interesting discussion of what Flickr is doing to the world of professional photojournalism here -- though I think the post exaggerates the level of 'professionalism' on Flickr. The cycling photographer Graham Watson recently noted a similiar effect recently, commenting that the momentary value of his work -- which is quite amazing -- had declined due to thousands of fans lining the roads with high quality cameras these days.

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