I’m off to a remote island the next couple of days (no cell or internet there!) but prepared posts to cover the time away.
In the meantime, I’m sharing my 2018 Top 9 photos. I was stunned that I posted my #1
photo (Pyrrhuloxia) only 2 days ago and it’s received more than 4400 likes and reached more than 24K unique accounts. I posted my #2
photo (Northern Cardinals) only 3 days ago and it’s received more than 4100 likes and reached more than 26K unique accounts. I posted my #3
photo (Green Jays) only 6 days ago and it has received nearly 4000 likes and reached more than 23K unique accounts. In the past 3 days, my photos have received an additional 11.5K likes, yielding the total of 248.8K+ likes. What do these facts mean? Am I figuring out what to post? Am I writing more about what people want to read? Are more people responding to what I post? Have I hit the “sweet spot” where new followers & likes grow exponentially? I’m stunned!
What happens next? Recently I’ve been thinking about why I joined IG & what purpose it serves. Prior to joining, not many people saw my images, so I knew it would take consistence & persistence to gain followers & business. I’ve spent hours at my computer, processing & preparing images to post daily. Each post includes an image, or 2-3 comparison shots or a series of shots, plus something I write to accompany the post. Once I post an image, I see many comments & questions (as many as 200+), which I feel compelled to answer. After all, my passion in life is to help others & share what I know, whether through workshops, classes, tours or guiding. Responding to comments takes more time than everything else.
The relationships generated here have been numerous & meaningful. I’ve generated some business as a result of my membership. The questions I have are the following: How much time should I devote to my social media? Business? Photography? Personal life? It is possible to spend too much time on computers & phones and not enough time away from them? My mission is to think about these questions the next couple of weeks & begin 2019 with good answers. Your input & comments are welcomed, although I may not respond…