A short meta update concerning the site – 16 Million pic views! – Stuck in Customs

A short meta update concerning the site – 16 Million pic views!

Hey everyone! Now that we have such a thriving little community here of clever commenters and cool people, I wanted to have a little site update day. There are a few interesting things and events that some of you might want to know about.

First, the site is more popular than ever! I thank YOU for telling your family and friends about it. I’m glad you find something unique about it and use it to find out unexpected things about yourself. I am sure that the word of mouth has made it as popular as it is. By every measure, we are now the #1 Travel Photography Blog on the internet. That’s no small thing! Traffic estimates are always very difficult to gauge, even with advanced tools. Google Analytics, RSS feeds, and the like have us somewhere between 300,000 and 350,000 unique visitors per month. Many of you come every day to see the latest photo, and that gets our total visits up into the millions. There are all kinds of interesting little stats too that you may find boring… like only 2.11% are using dialup…everyone is broadband now. The visitors are worldwide – from Bangladesh to Tibet to Brazil. It’s very nice suddenly having so many friends from around the world — I am honored that you like it here so much.

Second, the site is currently about to be unleashed with a whole new design! I have hired one of the best designers in the world, Fabien Barral, to come up with a new creative theme around the site. Fabien’s work is well known around the world and has a distinctive look. If you’ve ever been in Paris and walked around the streets, you have probably seen posters and art that was created by him. It’s one of those looks that just “feels” very French and different… you absolutely get the impression that you are looking at something special and different when you are seeing his work. For example, big movie companies hire him to make the French versions of posters for movies like Elizabeth. Here is a sample of that, and more of his work… and some more….

Third, there are scent trails all over. I appreciate all the Flickr visitors very much too. This is not a true measure of photo views, and it only registers for the subset of people that visit the Flickr photos. But we are up to over 16 million views there… I put that screenie below, although it is about a month old now.  My emails are also overflowing with 22K unreads… sorry for that! I need some kinda system here! I feel bad for all the nice people that send out such heartfelt emails and I don’t have time to respond… my apologies.

Last, Social Networking Update! I know that many of you use a lot of social networks like me… if you want to keep the digital vapor trail alive, here are the details for you… Speaking of this Facebook Fan Club… I don’t know what to do with that. I know groups now have discussion boards on there in FB, so I suppose people could talk about general stuff instead of having to limit comments to one photo post or another. I’m not sure… like anything, we’ll see where all this stuff goes!

My Intertubes Nine Lives:

Anyway, I hope you like the new site… it’s coming along soon enough (or maybe already here if you are reading this after-the-fact).

16 million views - thank you Flickr guys and gals - you're the best!