Sometimes it’s good to see nice things. So I’m gonna brag a little.
I’m the 57th “best photoblog” according to VFXY. I’m not sure how many members they have, but, 57th is pretty good, I’d say. My Photoblog has a 9/10 rating. VFXY, btw, is a great way to get Flickr style community on a non-Flickr photoblog. Or, alternately, it’s a great way to see some incredible photos, even if all you do is favorite mine.
I now have over 1,000,000 combined views on my Flickr account according to their stats. Special thanks to Liz, Gloria, Jennifer, and Danielle for their part in that. If you’d like to volunteer to be next, please, contact me.
36 of my photos have been recognized as one of the top 500 photos on Flickr for a particular day. A lot of people eager for this recognition post in groups, submit at certain times of day, and all other tricks in order to get noticed. I don’t have the time or energy for any of that most of the time. So 36 makes me feel pretty good. Special thanks goes to Mike, Gloria, Jess (for her help with my self portraits project, and various other self portraits), Erica, Adrienne, and all of West Texas for their part in those images.
I’ve had my work published in government papers about ecology and water supply conservation. I’ve had images used as illustrations in various college research papers. I’ve had one of my images blown up and printed on many smaller prints which were then recombined to cover an entire wall. I’ve had an image published in a book that I didn’t create myself. I’ve sold images to people I don’t know. I’ve even had repeat customers.
I’ve made so many new friends and have learned so many new things through photography. Sometimes I get down on myself because I don’t have time to do everything I want to do, or provide the attention to detail that I want to on various projects. But, when I look back, it really has been a huge success.
I’m incredibly thankful to each and every one of you who have played a part in this — either by posing for me, commenting on my images, offering advice, keeping me company while taking photographs, or taking incredible photographs yourself which inspire me to create even more. I love you all.