A new theme, and a bit of a change to how I’ll be posting here in future…
PigPog is now running Blocksy – I spent a lot of time looking for a new theme that would do what I wanted, and it’s just lovely. I love it, and I hope you do too. The responsive design works nicely on all devices, making good use of bigger screens, but still looking good on small phone screens. There are nice little whimsical touches, like parallax scrolling header images and blocks that slide into place as you scroll. And, something that seems to be quite rare in themes so far, really good support for the new WordPress block editor.
Bigger Posts, Less Often
At the moment, there are four photos a day going up here. But each one is just one photo. Not much value on a blog, and there’s very little text, so nothing for Google (other search engines are available) to use to know if it should send people here. The result is very little traffic. Except you, obviously. Yes, I appreciate you stopping by.
Eventually, I’d like to get some money coming in through Patreon. But at the moment, I have no patrons. I’m not offering much other than some photos, though, so that’s not too surprising.
So, the idea is, I’ll make more useful content here. Instead of the photos from a photoshoot coming in one at a time, with just a (usually bad pun) title, over the course of months; they’ll be in the form of a Shoot Story post. A Shoot Story will have lots of photos. Some might have to be split into parts, to avoid making older devices cry (though the pagination feature seems to get around that quite nicely), but a post will have a lot of photos, and some of the story behind them.
Instead of a post being one photo of a model, it’ll be 50 or 100, with details of how the shoot came about, what we did, how it went.
Instead of a post being one photo of a model, it’ll be 50 or 100, with details of how the shoot came about, what we did, how it went. Hopefully that sounds like a more appealing way to see these shoots, rather than using PigPog like an alternative to Instagram.
This is probably stuff you don’t really want to know, but if you don’t stop reading, you will…
I’ve been using PigPog as the source for my photos – they go up here randomly with a handy plugin (Auto Post Scheduler). Once posted here, I was using IFTTT to cross-post them to other places – Flickr, and Tumblr. WordPress already cross-posted them to Twitter and Facebook. IFTTT also dropped a copy of the photo into my Photos library in iCloud, where I could easily pick it up and post it on Instagram.
For some reason, IFTTT stopped working. It fails in a really bad way. If it fails to get an image, it doesn’t stop and give up, telling you what went wrong. No. It uses a default ‘Image Not Found’ image, and just goes ahead and posts that. It’s a very stupid way to fail, but it’s done it for years, so presumably the people at IFTTT think it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to do.
They’re all on Instagram, enjoying the photos of cats and other people’s dinner. Because why not? It’s probably more fun than a bunch of photographers patting each other’s backs.
So. I had to turn off the rules that did the cross-posting. No posts to Tumblr. I don’t care. I never use it anyway, and the only reason I remembered it was happening was that their automated porn filter occasionally decided that something that wasn’t porn was porn. No posts to Flickr. I only cared slightly. I still love Flickr, but the rate of improvement under SmugMug has been slow, and it’s been clear for a long time it’s just photographers ‘liking’ each other’s work. Nobody else looks. They’re all on Instagram, enjoying the photos of cats and other people’s dinner. Because why not? It’s probably more fun than a bunch of photographers patting each other’s backs.
Anyway. Was I going somewhere with this? I think so, yes. Realising I didn’t actually care when most of what I’d set up and been running for all this time stopped working made me do a bit of thinking. And I realised I’d been thinking of Instagram as the real place. My own web site had become a tool in getting things there. And it should be so much more.
And if that’s all I saw it as myself, why would anybody else care enough to visit?
So I’m going to care more about this little site. Now this is the Real Place.
And Instagram doesn’t have to get worse while doing this – photos from shoots can still go there, and I can do Instagram posts with multiple photos at a time from a shoot, which might be good.