See yesterday’s picture (scroll back to second post below)
This morning my Facebook photography page noticed me of the 1000th follower/liker. Co-incidentally somebody from the village I live in. In the meantime I see that there are 1004 fans. I’ve never paid FB for that although I know I could multiply the audience quite easily by paying for so called sponsored links each targeting a (geographic/demographic) market segment. Over 90 percent of my fans are (amateur?) photographers from around the globe and most of them prefer to be silent (thus not liking or commenting on different postings). According to the FB-statistics the daily average is 150 to 200 visitors; merely from the Americas and Western Europe and for the most part they click on my page via their own newsfeed. About 4-5% of the fans are ‘personal FB-friends and that includes 4 or 5 WordPress-bloggers (thank you guys!). One thing for sure: via my FB-pages I ship every month one or more prints to destinations from New Zealand to New Zealand and everything in between where FedEx (or a FedEx laison) is active.
This blog has over 2000 followers …. Not one ever ordered a picture BUT via Overbergsa.net I recently fulfilled an order for several large (120x80cm) framed landscape prints. That just made my year…
For what it is worth: one of my images became the banner of the Facebook page Cape Reflections. The administrator of this group wrote a review and that made my day ( 😉 ).
“The banner photograph at the top of the Cape Refections Group Page was the most liked image posted to the page in May as voted for by our members. Congratulations Herman van Bon! Herman is one of our regular contributors. He posts a range of his photographs to our page and it is always exiting to see which way he will point his lens next. Not only are his subjects carefully chosen illustrating a deep interest in nature and people and the world around him but he will often exercise his creative energies further by manipulating the image using a variety of tools available to the digital photographer, some times to very dramatic effect.”
The picture was one of a series of which I published a few in this blog some days ago.
A week ago I published some pictures of a jazz concert on the blog of one of my clients. I only gave myself 90 minutes to select 12 pictures and process plus publish them on the different social media. It took 93 minutes and the blog post alone got within 2 days more than 600 hits according to WordPress statistics; several tweets plus over 120 shares on Facebook. Not too shabby for a new blog (first post end of January).
Anyway I redid one of the pictures; the one of the South African Lady of Jazz: Janet Marshall.
Who would have thought that the archive picture of an unfinished wall ended up in the Top 3 of a national (South African) photo competition. Well … I certainly did not.
So I added this announcement to my personal FB-page this morning (including the picture) and suddenly people started to like the picture…..
And than I went into my FB-archives … when I first published this picture on Facebook …. Just 1 like …. Now I wonder with the present likes … is it because of the high ranking in a competition or what????
This is one of the fastest growing succulent plants in our garden. It’s an Adenia spinosa and this caudiciform originates from the Highveld in South Africa somewhere in the area where one of my most faithful followers is nestled. The caudex can grow to approximately 2 meters in diameter. Last year I published an image on Facebook and somebody, who forgot to put her glasses on, thought it was a ‘whale’. Since than we always say that we have two whales in our garden. 😉