It has been a while since I've made a post for DSmithScenes Concert & Cultural Photography. In fact, November 7th, three weeks from the publication of this post, was the date of the last real bit of new content for this site. That gap in time has been of design, and I feel like I needed to give you all an update on things as to why.
Let me get this out of the way right from the start... DSmithScenes Concert & Cultural Photography isn't going away. That's never been in the cards, and it is something I can't fathom happening. If you've been thinking that, well, you've been misguided. I'll just leave it at that.
I am, however, adopting a new approach and mentality to what goes on this site. In the past, I would put up a blog post, a gallery, and a concert print from basically every show I photographed, regardless if the final images warranted such a release or not. My previous mentality would be to rush something out even if the show wasn't visually appealing because I wanted a constant content flow on this site. After some reflection on that, along with a very busy month on the other side of my photography business, I've decided to scale that back a bit.
Instead of putting up everything and constantly hyping content that very few people want to see (I read my traffic stats constantly so, yeah, I know), I'm going to be far more selective on what gets a recap, gallery, and show print. I do all of these late at night after my initial editing and transmitting from a show so there's that to consider as well. I mean I still put up something from each show on Instagram so, yeah, go ahead and check that out if you haven't already. I do update that daily.
There's also the fact that, as much as I love posting on this site and sharing the content with you, it really is just for show. My money from a show is made if images get licensed through a wire agency. I might make a print sale on this site, but, yeah, those are few and far between. Everything that goes up on this site is basically just for me to display my work and let others know that, yeah, I'm in this concert photography game.
Recently, though, I've asked myself, "Why should I continue to worry about that?". The first real step in this process was taking down the Facebook page for DSmithScenes Concert & Cultural Photography because there was no way in hell I was going to pay Facebook to expand my reach. Again, this site is not what makes me money, and I'm past the point of trying to impress people. I'm fine with letting my work stand alone as is and not worry about anything else. I'm really trying to ween myself off of worrying about clicks and page views and follower counts. I should be worrying about doing and showcasing quality work.
Now, again, don't worry that this site is going to go dormant because it isn't. I've got an active show calendar in December, and, if the content is good, they will be posted on this site and publicized. If they aren't, I'll still put something up on Instagram. I'll also try to post some more advice columns about concert photography in the coming weeks and months.
Speaking of December, I'll also be looking at that month and the end of the year to do a possible major redesign, but that is just an idea at this point. I've already redone the homepage, but I'm talking a full on skeleton rebuild. The execution would involve gutting things to the point where it might not be worth it in the long run. I've got 2018 to think of as well. My annual content cull will be happening as well so a lot of 2015 stuff will be cycled off the site.
To close out, I'd like to thank all the visitors to DSmithScenes Concert & Cultural Photography for stopping by and checking out what's on the site. I do hope you like the new approach to things and continue to visit the site in the future.