August 9, 2006. That was the date where I first took keyboard in hand and began typing out the blog that I entitled “An Artist’s Notebook”. I entitled that first post “First Journal Entry”. The categories for that first post were “Blogging”, “Contests”, “Jay”, and “Sara”.
This is the first paragraph I posted:
So here is the first journal entry. I felt like having as pretentious sounding name as possible for my journal. I have a few goals about this journal. My main goal is just to actually write in it. My second goal is to be as truthful as possible towards my true thoughts and feelings. I have another journal on another website, but it is really just a collection of sarcastic statements and cheap jabs at open faced sandwiches. This journal is meant to be about what my achievements and failures are in the world of art. What projects I am working on and what I have accomplished and what I have failed to accomplish. What I am photographing and what I am thinking about entering in photo contests. What I am thinking about. It might not always make sense. It might just be things I need to write down because they strike me as poignant or inspirational. This is in a small way an online “idea box”.
Then it goes on to talk about how I attended the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon Reception with Sara to see what two pictures had been accepted for display that year. Then I would go on to talk about how Jay had talked me into entering the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest.
The last line of the entry was simply:
I don’t want to mail it in.
While I was actually referencing the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, it is my hope that I also didn’t choose to “mail it in” as it pertains to “An Artist’s Notebook”.
It has been 5,276 days since that first post. 5,276 days to reach this day and the 4,000th post in this blog, or “online journal” like I sometimes call it when I don’t like calling it a blog. It is hard to believe I have made it this far, for this long.
It hasn’t been necessarily smooth sailing the whole time. My website has been through a couple different servers. I have been through a couple different hosts for the blog part of the website. I have been through 4 (I think) different image hosting options in those 5,275 days. That jumping around for image hosting solutions did cause the problem that images from my posts from the first few years of this website’s existence have had to be “restored” slowly over time. So far I have semi-successfully restored all the entries though June of 2010. Which means, I still have a full year’s worth of entries left to restore. Somewhere in 2011, was when I fully made the move to my current SmugMug image hosting solution. I have unfortunately lost a few images, probably forever, mostly old phone pictures, but those old posts are as complete as they will ever be.
When I hit these milestones, I like to publish a lot of fairly meaningless stats. This one will be no different. So, here are the “An Artist’s Notebook” categories that I have used the most often:
Top 10 An Artist’s Notebook Categories
#2. Flowers – 693 Entries
#3. Animals – 620 Entries
#4. Jesse – 495 Entries
#5. Portrait – 472 Entries
#6. Shannon – 421 Entries
#7. Carla – 391 Entries
#8. WPC – Submissions – 381 Entries
#9. Teresa – 364 Entries
#10. Mom – 363 Entries
Top Ten An Artist’s Notebook People Categories
#2. Shannon – 421 Entries
#3. Carla – 391 Entries
#4. Teresa – 364 Entries
#5. Mom – 363 Entries
#6. Jay – 320 Entries
#7. Derrick – 295 Entries
#8. Willy – 268 Entries
#9. Vest – 258 Entries
#10. Jen – 254 Entries
Top Ten Non-People An Artist’s Notebook Categories
#2. Flowers – 693 Entries
#3. Animals – 620 Entries
#4. Portrait – 472 Entries
#5. WPC – Submissions – 381 Entries
#6. Nature – 349 Entries
#7. Macro – 332 Entries
#8. Photoshop – 327 Entries
#9. Road Trip – 326 Entries
#10. Art – 314 Entries
People often ask what is the best way to improve their Photography 139 Category Score. The easiest way is to submit pictures to THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE. But posing for and assisting me with photo project or photo adventures is also a very good way.
What people have a shot at cracking the Top Ten by the time we hit Post #5,000? Kim, Sara, Logan, and Micky all have a shot. But 1,000 posts is a long ways away. So anybody has a shot!
But what are the Ten Most Popular Photo Galleries in Photography 139 history? Unfortunately, I can’t answer that question. I can only process stats up to 365 days ago. However, I can tell you the Ten Most Popular Photo Galleries of the last 365 Days are.
Click on the image to peruse that gallery.
Top Ten Most Popular Photography 139 Galleries (by view) of the Last 365 Days
#1. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – YEAR 7 – 57697 Views
#2. Christopher D. Bennett – 41080 Views
#3. 9 Emotions Project – 36972 Views
#4. Taylan Howard – 2020 – 34075 Views
#5. Daisies – 26800 Views
#6. Drone – 24659 Views
#7. Weekly Photo Challenge – HOF – 24603 Views
#8. Family Happenings – 18,231 Views
#9. Alexis Pregnancy Photo Shoot – 2020 – 17057 Views
#10. Black Lives Matter – Boone – 2020 – 16160 Views
The Ten Most Popular Photography 139 Images of the Last 365 Days (by Views)
#1. 7254 Views
#2. 3153 Views
#3. 2460 Views (Photo by Logan Kahler)
#4. 2228 Views
#5. 2127 Views
#6. 2111 Views
#7. 1971 Views
#8. 1916 Views
#9. 1891 Views
#10. 1830 Views
Now the secret to the popularity of some of these images is that they are cover photos for albums, but shhhh… don’t tell anybody!
Another category of meaningless statistics, I’d like to share is what have been the most popular posts since the inception of “An Artist’s Notebook”. Although it might not be the most accurate way to judge such things, the only statistic I can use to judge this is “Comments” left on each post. That doesn’t mean emails or text messages or comments I received in person. These are comments that were left in the Comments section of each post.
Most Popular An Artist’s Notebook Entries (by Comments)
#2. Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 9 – Food – 22 Comments
#2. Weekly Photo Challenge – Week 43 – Sunrise/Sunset – 22 Comments
#4. Town Sign Project: Hamilton County – 21 Comments
#4. Town Sign Project: Dallas County – 21 Comments
#6. Postcard Recreation Project: Some Churches – 20 Comments
#6. Rodan139: Swede Valley Lutheran Church – 20 Comments
#8. Will History Blame Me… – 19 Comments
#9. Yo, Ya Just Get in that, You Get in that Head Space, Ya Know – 15 Comments
#9. You Can Call it a Comeback – 15 Comments
#9. Wild Goose Chase – 15 Comments
#9. Sorry Not Sorry – 15 Comments
One thing to note is that each “An Artist’s Notebook” entry has its Comments section close 30 days after being posted. Some of those still have a chance to grow, but most have been locked into place forever.
The last statistic I want to share before closing out Post #4,000 is kind of a loyalty score. To even be considered for this list, you first have to have a Photography 139 Email Subscription. The following is a statistic based on “loyalty” for lack of a better term to that service.
Top Five Most Loyal Photography 139 Subscribers
1. Michelle Haupt – 99%
2. Joe Duff – 97%
3. Shannon Bardole-Foley – 94%
4. Sara Lockner – 90%
5. Corey Faust – 89%
Thanks to everybody that has supported this adventure for 14 years, 5 months, and now 10 days!