Friday, June 26, 2015

OK, we're done here

I started this blog in 2008 to let family and friends stay aware of where I was, and to share with them the beauty I was seeing.  Well, no family member has been to this site in years.  That is blow number one.

Second, in the past 6 months, my blog has been visited a grand total of 19 times, or on average, about 3 visits per month.

Third, the purpose of the site evolved, becoming a site where I posted photos tied to a story.  That meant that the quality of the photos became very important.  And - Google alters the photos when I upload them.  Sometimes, often in fact, the alterations are not significant.  Sometimes it is a big deal. I have found myself not selecting my best photos because I know that Google's automatic processing will ruin the shot.  I have reached out to Google three times, asking that they at least provide us with the option of them "adjusting" the photo or posting it as is.  They have not had the courtesy to reply.

Finally, Google has started charging me for photo storage.

As Google alters my photos, I view those photos as becoming Google's, not mine.  I have decided to not pay for the storage.

So, for those few who still come in to look now and then, thanks.  I appreciate the interest you have shown.  This is my last blog post, and I wish you happy travels.



Anonymous said...

Well Ken, it seems in your quest to go unnoticed and under the radar of the rest of the world you have reached your goal. Au revoir, Don

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your blog - I have really enjoyed it!

I am curious about something: I follow you via RSS feed (netnewswire) and read you faithfully. I wonder if this type of reading does not show up in your counter? And if so, there may be many people reading you like I do, via feed reader.

Of course that doesn't change many of the (other) reasons you are ending the blog, but I just thought you might like to know that you may have many more than 19 visitors.

Thanks again, and here's to more fantastic voyaging.

Ken said...

Well, the log shows that 3 people viewed this post, and I have two anonymous comments, so I think most likely, viewing via RSS does show on the counter. In any event, thanks for the kind words.

Anonymous said...

Well, heck. I'm really sorry to see you go. Your pictures are great, and I've used your blog as a guide to both campsites and hikes. I always read your new blogs, and have for a couple of years, but I always get to them from another one (usually Life's Little Adventures.)Is there any way that would keep my visits from showing up on your count? Don't know anything about this. Anyway, best of luck, and remember that so many of us are envious or your life.

Enid Verdant said...

I've subscribed via RSS reader for a couple years and enjoyed your posts. Too bad the RSS feed doesn't register as a hit on your blog, because you probably have more followers than you realize.

Thanks for a great run, though, and I hope your continuing voyages are enriching and satisfying for you.