I think I have finally cracked the code on how to share your images successfully on Flickr. That is if you place Flickr notoriety as importance, which not everyone does.
I enjoy Flickr and I have personally made connections with some photographers whose work I really respect and admire. When someone that produces amazing images tells me they like my work, it motivates me to keep going, to keep trying to raise the bar and create even better work.
This one recently made the Explore page. When you get “Explored” on Flickr, it means that your image was deemed one of the top 500 most interesting images on Flickr in a 7 day period. In the past week since I changed my strategy on Flickr, I have had three images make the cut.
I don’t really know what changed. I have been on Flickr for a long time and never got much attention at all. Since 2010 the highest amount of views on any one image would be around 100, with 2 or 3 people who favorited my images. I’ve really been treating Flickr just like a storage dump. I didn’t calculate what images I was going to share, I just made everything public and shared hundreds of images at a time. I didn’t care about views or favorites or any of that. Turns out I was doing it wrong.
When I made my entire body of images private and started only sharing the stuff I think has value to my photostream I received instant gratification. My view counts were going up to 700, 800, 1000 views. People began commenting on my work. I joined in on conversations about other people’s photography, and suddenly one of my images started blowing up my iPhone alerts. When it was all said and done that image received over 13,000 views and was favorited 132 times.
It feels good, I feel validated, but I’m left feeling hungry for more. Now any image that does not get more than 13,000 views is like a disappointment to me. I know it’s all mental, but it’s weird how that works. Now that I have achieved something in the tens of thousands, I strive to get something in the millions.
It really isn’t as hard getting your work noticed as you might think. Here is my “stating the obvious” advice that you may have already heard:
- Share only your best work. Keep the rest of it private.
- Try sharing only 1 image every 24 hours.
- Browse Flickr and curate your favorite photographs, by leaving comments and giving good pictures the credit they deserve by favoriting them.
- When you leave a comment on a photograph, try to be a little more in depth. One word comments are cool, but constructive feedback and an explanation of what you find interesting about the image goes a long way towards engaging the community in a conversation.
Pretty much common sense, in Tumblr speak it is condensed down to “Follow for Follow.”
The blogging community depends on one another to gain traction and create a following. My success is your success, humans cooperating in order to help each other improve. We hold each other up, we provide encouragement and valuable insight, and we share our experiences. If you are a good person you can become a great blogger. It just takes hard work, dedication, and teamwork. Good photos are also a plus, but not always necessary as you will see if you browse the explore page.