Building an Audience?

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue March. 30, 2019 2219 views

I was asked about my blog by Heidi: views and readership. Before she asked me, I didn’t give the topic a lot of thoughts, although I did read Helen’s very informative blog post about building an audience as soon as I started blogging on Photoblog.

I’m a passionate blogger since early mankind painted mammoths on cave walls - or to be precise since 1996. Audience? Audience just happens, although I always tell everybody on Twitter, Facebook and - since G+ is dead - also on Instagram, that I posted something new. Btw. I use a lot of hashtags and I also built a collection of Twitter moments. Nevertheless, I’m astonished too, why some blog posts attract more audience, why some bloggers have a more and other bloggers less readers.

Maybe it would be interesting to share some thoughts and discuss experiences about audience (views, readers, comments and more).

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Sylvia Warren 2 years, 1 month ago

I have two FB accounts: 1 for purely "personal" connections (old classmates, coworkers, etc.) and one for my photography. I initially started that one because I wanted to have a "presence" in case I needed to use someone's private property or to approach someone to model for a photograph. I wanted them to have a place to go look at what I do and feel comfortable that I'm not some kind of, well, you know... I did start an Instagram account this year on which I post some of my photography, but I use it for inspiration from other photographers. I also have a Flickr account but I rarely post to that anymore. I use each platform differently.

I started this  blog as an outlet for Project 365. I think this site is very easy to use and that it is dedicated to other photographers. And I like what I see here.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sylvia Warren 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes, indeed I like a lot what I see here too. 🙂

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

My FB is almost dead. I only use our blog and 500px ( more for ideas than reactions, also not easy to build an audience there).My daughter is going for her bachelor in photography, there they will cover all aspects of the market. Wonder how they gonna cover social media and getting out there.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

I tried 500px, but I didn't feel comfortable with , it's more a plsce to scroll through for inspiration. Nice to hear, that your daughter will be become a photographer! She will have to learn a lot about the biz - including marketing/pr - besides the art aspects.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

They say they will steam them ready for the market.

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

I really don't care a lot about audiences. I do not use FB, Instagram or whatever, just Photoblog and 500Px. Love the window, BTW.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

The pro world is another ballgame all together, than what we do here. I use what I feel comfortable with.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

It's a lot of work too, which I don't want to do ... wink

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

I care for audience on my website as a professional writer. I'm more or less surprised, that it also works in some ways for photoblog too, because I'm not a professional photographer but an very unprofessional amateur.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

With a good eye

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 1 month ago

I believe that what matters here is authenticity, and you have plenty of it. smile

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Deli Tlb 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks for this post and to others for their comments. I am trying to build  a large base audience but so far haven't really succeeded. Hopefully that will change lol

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Deli Tlb 2 years, 1 month ago

I think, you have to develope a strategy. I'm much to lazy to do it and properly follow (my own) rules ... sigh

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Heidi Egerman 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Sigrid. 
I had not seen Helen’s article. I look forward to reviewing it as well as some other resources. I know I don’t use my website or other social media assets as much as u should. I look forward to the discussion.

Thank you Laurie for your comment and recommendations. I do know the value of key words and SEO. I simply need to get very diligent and strategic to build an audience and following.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 1 month ago

Keywords seem to be a little bit more complicated as I thought! Yes, it's helpful to be very focused and stratetic, which I'm not ... sigh

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Laurie Madsen 2 years, 1 month ago

Having been a webmaster, I can give this tip or advice if one wants to "build an audience" or create traffic to their posts or website.
The most under utilized tool is KEYWORDS!
Googles (and other) search engines crawl every bit of content on the web. Using keywords RELEVANT to the subject matter puts your content higher in the SEO (search engine optimization) ranking, and will be found easier by people off site.
Effective keywords should not only be relevant to subject (pictures and text) but descriptive of your type of photography and message. For instance if I post a blog with horse pictures from the fictitious triple W ranch in Fargo North Dakota, effective keywords might be: equine photography, pet portraits, horse photos,  Triple W Ranch, Fargo North Dakota, North Dakota Photographers, and the name of the photographer.
Ineffective keywords would be: horse, ranch, foals, barn, photo,  etc.
Also, I think for those doing Photoblogs such as this, beautiful photos will get noticed more than mediocre snapshots.
I hope this helps get the conversation rolling!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh, that's interesting! I use keywords, but I'm sure I did choose them less precise. Thanks for this information.

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