The end of a chapter but the beginning of a book
For as long as I can remember, my camera has always been my side-kick. Something about being able to capture a moment, an emotion, or a light in turn captured me. From the beginning of the semester I knew I wanted to create an online space for my photography. In reality, it was the reason I enrolled in PUB 101; while I didn’t lack initiative, I lacked the knowledge and tools to create and curate a platform for my photography. Finding a domain name and aesthetic was the first challenge. It was important to have a very visual, professional, and clean blog – a space where images could stand out. Eventually, after much thought, I settled on One More Klick.
One More Klick features a blend of photography, travel, and the outdoors. “Klick” is another word for kilometre, which was very fitting with both the outdoor and travel aspects of tis blog, marking the distance traveled, in addition to klick also being the phonetic sounds of a camera’s shutter. Since traveling, photography, and the outdoors are a passion of mine, I aspire to always challenge myself by going further, reaching higher, and persevering through the fear of the unknown. For these reasons, there will always be one more klick – whether it be one more photograph, or one more kilometre.
With the help of photographs taken during various travels and adventures, my blog aims to share the stories behind photos, and provide context. While some posts feature more personal stories, they still hold some informative content – whether it be in the form of tips and tricks, political context, or specific photography settings to achieve a photograph.
Currently, the majority of the audience reading One More Klick consists of direct family and friends, with some page views coming from countries outside of North America. Some of the perks of traveling abroad include creating friendships and connections across the globe. Maintaining these friendships are even easier in light of the digital age. According to the 2018 Digital Media Report, there are over 4 billion active internet users across the globe, and there has been a 13% increase in active social media users since January 2017. The internet allows for greater connectivity, breaking the barriers of time and space. In just the touch of a finger, users can connect with anyone, anywhere. This immediacy has allowed me to connect with people from around the globe in little to no time. For example, I reached out to Hasham to ask for his permission to post his photograph for the Friends in Foreign Places blog post. Despite residing in Qatar at the time, within a few hours I received a response and we were connected once again.
This is especially useful for this blog, as I hope to expand the audience internationally. Already, this blog has most of its’ international traffic coming from the United States, with other countries including France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Croatia, Ireland, and Luxembourg to name a few.
It’s possible that some of the page views from the countries above are just bots, which are basically software that run automated tasks over the internet. This would become more apparent when cross referencing with the amount of time spent on the page and the bounce rate. Because I don’t know of anyone personally in Kenya, Sri Lanka, or Russia, I would assume that they aren’t actually real people reading my blog. If you’re reading this and you are currently in Kenya, Sri Lanka, or Russia, let me know!
With the goal of eventually creating a stronger following and international audience, having a strong social media presence would be a huge asset. Currently, Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram hold the podium for most popular social networking sites:
In his article Transmedia Storytelling, Jenkins (2003) highlights the importance of using a multitude of different social media platforms as opposed to restricting your content to just one. The advantage here is not only more exposure, but also meeting your audience where they are. With this is mind, I have created a Facebook page to share my blog posts. Having a separate page for One More Klick that is independent from my personal page means traffic won’t be restricted by my own personal privacy settings. Eventually, I will create an Instagram page which will feature different photographs linking them to their blog posts. If it weren’t for social media, very few people would know about my blog and even fewer would be reading it.
With blog posts being shared on social media, it was increasingly important for my blog to be responsive and mobile friendly. In Design Machines: How to survive in the digital Apocalypse, Travis Gertz (2015) criticizes the homogeneity of basic website designs. While I was trying to create a unique and customized aesthetic for my website, I ran into some serious challenged. While the desktop version worked perfectly, the layout didn’t translate well for mobile devices. As the majority of internet users access websites on their mobile devices, it was extremely important for my website to be responsive and mobile-friendly.
Social media allowed for networking and collaborations with other artists. My first essay 21st Century Nudes covered the topic of censorship of artistic nudity on social media platforms. This essay was inspired by Vince Hemingson, a photographer, filmmaker, and bestselling author based out of Vancouver, who’s beautiful photographs routinely encounter censorship. In wanting to share my essay on social media, I reached out to Vince for permission to tag him. Not only did he agree and share my article with his network, he commended my work and asked for my feedback and comments on his Artist’s Statement for his Nude in the Landscape series.
Already, creating this blog has allowed me to build concrete skills by learning how to use WordPress and Google Analytics, along with broadening my artistic and professional network. This blog acts as a live document, changing and improving as I continue to learn and create. I plan on continuing this blog alongside my adventures, and hope that one day it might flourish into something larger.
Gertz, T. (2015). Design Machines. How to survive in the digital Apocalypse. July 2015. Retrieved from https://louderthanten.com/articles/story/design-machines
Hemingson, V. n.d. Artist’s Statement: The Nude in the Landscape. n.d. Retrieved from http://hemingsonphotography.com/fine-art/nude-in-the-landscape/
Jenkins, H. (2003). Transmedia Storytelling. January 15 2003. Retrieved from https://www.technologyreview.com/s/401760/transmedia-storytelling/
Kemp, S. (2018). We are social – Digital report 2018. Retrieved from https://digitalreport.wearesocial.com/