What if I posted a photo and no-one looked at it???????????

A question about popularity, rapid growth, success … have these changed RedBubble? And have they changed it for the better?

I’m a bit of a ‘spot the detail’ kind of girl, and I’m also a tragic hoarder, so this means that I’ve kept far too many photos up on RB (nearly 200), because I was hoarding ‘views’ till I achieved an arbitrary benchmark figure for me – 10,000. Once I did get there (and I was thrilled to do so!), I vowed I would delete many of my less looked-at pics, and refresh my whole portfolio with new ones.

I’ve been a bit out of touch with RB in the last few weeks, and as I started reviewing which shots I’d purge, my spot-the-detail eye couldn’t help but notice that my average number of views is way way way down on what it used to be, even 6 months ago.
Obviously this could be because the quality has dropped off … I like to think this isn’t so, but it’s the most obvious answer! So I got my spot-the-detail eye on the job, and looked at some of my earlier postings which frankly were pretty ordinary, to find that the number of views was way above what I’m likely to get now. To put this in perspective: I have two shots with more than 250 looks, and 12 with between 100 and 200, as well as over 40 with between 60 and 100. Lots and lots with about 30 to 50 (I didn’t count them). These days I’m lucky to get 20 views a shot.

I don’t think of myself as an artist … I don’t envisage selling my pictures (although I have sold 2 cards!!) … I just like taking photos, and I really like the experience of being able to post them in an electronic community which has such a wonderful feel of friendship and engagement … I don’t expect any of my photos to be the 1000-view shots, or feature on the Home Page, or sell buckets … BUT I had got kinda used to having lots of response and comments and views (sigh, yearn, eyes mist over).

I know this might sound like a Big Whinge, but it REALLY isn’t . I AM really interested in finding out if other Bubblers are experiencing the same relative reduction in response. Is it because we’re now 80,000 and there’s just too much to go around? I haven’t lost the sense of community yet, and I have absolutely no complaints about how RB is managed, or the way in which we can all network across the world, and obviously this is in no way a call for a return to the nice cosy days when we all semed to know each other. Just interested in other peoples’ thoughts and experiences …

What if no-one reads this???? LOL

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