Every day Flickr’s magic elves flick on their “interestingness algorithm” machine and select the 500 most interesting photos to display on their “explore” page. It’s a little like getting an image on the front page of the website, except that you have to share the front page with 500 other people, and let’s face it, most people probably don’t scroll further than the first 50 photos or so. The reward for having an image make the explore page is basically exposure in the form of views and likes. So with tempered enthusiasm I would like to announce that this image was deemed to be the 4th most interesting image in the 24 hour period that was April 7th, 2014. #4 out of 8.6 million is at least worth some shameless self-promotion I think.

“Flickr receives about 6,000 uploads every minute — That’s about 8.6 million photos a day! From this huge group of images, the Flickr Interestingness algorithm chooses only 500 images to showcase for each 24-hour period. That’s only one image in every 17,000!”

I’m proud of this image because that is my daughter on that swing, a moment that I was able to share with almost 10,000 people. It’s nice to be appreciated by your peers. It feels great to experience these small successes, even if it is only to affirm that you aren’t completely wasting your time following your dreams. It’s nice to know that someone cares enough to look, and every once in awhile throw you a bone in the form of clicks, thumbs ups, gold stars, plus signs, happy faces, etc. Those little virtual high fives that say “Keep up the good work, I see what your doing and I like it.”

I usually stick to haiku because it’s short and sweet, but packs a punch if you use it right. That’s all I usually have time for. Being a full time student and stay-at-home dad means that private time to write and reflect has to be snatched up in the wee hours of the morning when everyone else in the house is in a deep enough slumber to ensure no distractions. By then I’m so tired, I’m just like, 5-7-5, cool picture, and Good Night.

Thank you to all of you who take the time to stop in and check out my blog. I love sharing the experiences that I have and the things that I see with you. Thank you for being a part of this amazing, collective, internet brain that we all share. I travel the globe daily through your blogs. I learn from your successes as well as your mistakes. I value your opinions and your friendship. Most of us will never meet in person, but you will all be a part of the experience that is my life. All you complete strangers cheering me on, rooting for me, sharing your kind words, thank you, it really means so much to me.

You make me a little bit better at everything! Success feels great.




7 thoughts on “#Explored

  1. This is an excellent photo so I’m not in the least bit surprised it made Explore. Flickr’s Explore is actually filled with some of the best work I see on a day to day basis and I’m glad it doesn’t turn into the ridiculousness that is instagram. Keep up the good work!


  2. krisrileyphotography says:

    Congrats! I have been explored once and it felt glorious. Funny how that is sometimes, but I think that when you have a passion for something and people like it and give you that “atta boy”, it’s nice to enjoy the moment.


    • absolutely! I thought I might have had the whole explore thing figured out, but honestly I have no idea. One week I will get an image in explore for three days in a row, and then it will go for months with no love at all. It’s weird because you get addicted to it when you get like 14,000 views on an image. I used to think it was AWESOME to get 100 views, now I’m disappointed if I don’t break 1,000. It feels good when people like your work, you are right there. 🙂 Thanks for your comment and thank you for following my blog.


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