Today marks the occasion of my photo galleries at Pbase.com passing their 420,000th hit - 420,238 to be more exact:
For years I've been watching these stats and trying to learn as much as I can from them. For instance I've studied what I think people are most attracted to in my work from their comments. I've learned something about what makes for popular searches on the web - mainly by extreme guesswork because the one thing Pbase is waaay behind on is detailed statistics. They offer nothing like the information available through site meter and the like.
It's too bad, and I'm definitely tempted to go elsewhere. But then again - 420,000+ hits is no small change. This little number: Spooky Fish Tree has 16,576 hits all by itself, making it my most viewed page in history (probably from now until forever).
Without actively soliciting, I've sold prints to website visitors and I even helped out Bread & Puppet while they were on a national tour with no press kit by offering images of their work to newspapers for free (it was the least I could do).
I realize it's probably past the appropriate time to create a Kimberley-Hannaman-Taylor or Artiface Galleries.com proper, but when and if I do, I think I'll leave the galleries at Pbase alone for the long haul. Like Major Tom and Hal, they can perpetually float in space abstractly hoping to connect with whatever finds them out there.
Statistics suggest they'll not want for attention any time soon,
Torture numbers, and they'll confess to anything. ~Gregg Easterbrook