Slowing things down … 9

Google has developed an application that allows bloggers to monitor the traffic to their website. The application in question is called Google Analytics. It is a powerful tool that gives you information on the origin of connections. Besides, it’s precise enough to give you the cities ! It’s quite funny sometimes to see that someone on the other side of the world has visited my site. I still do not think I have seen connections from Russia or China … I have to believe that my blog must deal with subversive topics and must be censored !



The most important thing in this app is the detail on the pages visited. In this case for my site, it is about the pages of blogs. There is very little passage on the portfolio part. I think it’s the blog part that brings traffic. I had discussed with a friend who was creating his website. He only wanted to highlight his portfolio on his site and nothing else. Basically use it as a showcase. I specify that he is an amateur photographer like me and not a professional. I just told him he should consider having a blog part because that’s what brings in traffic and that’s what makes people come back. With a little blog, we go from a static website to something alive. That’s why I quickly created a blog section on my site.



What is true is that it takes time. Writing articles, finding topics … To talk more specifically about my blog, I had until a while ago a target for writing dozens of articles : social networks and of course the behaviors related to those this. For a year, I left Facebook and at the beginning of the year I did the same with Instagram. Each passing day moves me a little more than a hypothetical return on these platforms. Frankly, I have absolutely no desire to return. Anyway, if it’s to become embittered and constantly complaining in blogs, it will be a holiday for everyone that I keep away from Facebook and Instagram.



When I spent a few days in Bristol, my English teacher pointed out that Blogging was also some kind of social interaction. She is not wrong on this point, but the only difference is that I share what I want, and I do not have to suffer the innumerable ads, nor the posts of others. I decide to go to blogs or sites that interest me and I do not let myself dictate what I have to see. Besides, how did one do before the event of platforms like Facebook or Instagram ? People had blogs and they were going to see other people’s blogs.



To return to my blog, it’s quite interesting to see the most read pages over time. I clearly saw a difference between when I was on social media and when I completely broke with them. The most read articles so far are those related to the Ricoh GR 3 (nearly 700 views). Those who follow are related to the gear (fuji XE2, ricoh GR or ricoh GRD4), but at a much lower level (~ 200 to 300). Clearly, if you want to attract people, you have to talk about gear. Personally, I never wrote these topics on purpose and told myself that it would make a number. It’s just a statement I make. I wrote a lot about GRD4 because it’s a camera I love. Besides, I have just cracked and buy a second hand one again … We will discuss again in a future blog ! What is amazing is to see that even after several months (even years), some blogs on the GRD4 are still read by some ! I remind you that this camera is almost 9 years old. As I told you, since I cut the bridges with social networks, my articles peak at maximum 40 readings. It’s weak I grant you but it’s like the photo, I do it for me.



My most read article to date is the interview I did with Olivier Duong, one of the co-founder of Inspired Eye. He is a guy I really like with whom I sympathized and it was important to me to do his interview. He shared the interview in his newsletter and I must have nearly 4000 views for this blog ! It was just huge but obviously it is not representative of the attendance of my blog. Other articles related to Fuji XE2 were also read a lot because of HP Chavaz, a photographer whose work I appreciate very often shared my blogs on the platform Scoop.It  (If you’re using Fuji Gear, you should check this)



Two things emerge from the small study that I conducted on the attendance of my site. The first is that it is obvious that the presence on social networks increases more than significantly the traffic on my blog. Which is completely normal ; you touch a lot more people. The second thing is that articles on gear still attract many more readers. What I particularly like is that regularly I have people who arrive on my Blog from a Google search (organic). Which already means that my site is well referenced, but also that these people did not come by chance and that it is for a very precise reason.



This year so far, nearly 7,000 sessions have been recorded on my blog for just over 3,000 unique visitors. These numbers show that people are coming back to my site. My blog is a little over 3 years old today. Even if at the moment, I do not blog much, I still enjoy writing these articles and sharing with you photographic journey.

All photos were made with the Ricoh GR on Reunion Island.

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9 thoughts on “Slowing things down …

  • John Wilson

    Terrific you are settling in to your new job, your surroundings, and enjoying your family, and top it all off with a gorgeous new GR3, you must be grinning from ear to ear, and your back to your site! Congratulations,now you can dig into those Monochrome listings b/w on GR3 and show uswhich one you think is best. I still with GR2 and for backup leaning toward another GR2, the GR3 could take second camera purchase or not. Again glad all is working in your favor, Enjoyyourself and stay well.

    • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

      Yesterday, a friend of mine told to me that he was amazed by a photograph I made. Everything in the photo was in focus whereas there were multiple plans. This picture was made with the Ricoh GRD. A small sensor camera. Definitely that’s what I’m missing from the GR aps-sensor. The DoF. The result of this is that I’m dusting off my GRD 4. It feels so good in hands. A light weight camera. A massive DoF. Of course, the GR3 as a better IQ, better buffer, bigger sensor… But I have never been someone looking for the best specs on a camera. I need to be in symbiosis with the tool I have and for the moment, there’s no connection with the GR3. It might take time…
      Having the Ricoh GRD 4, I feel like home. I know this camera perfectly. I know its flaws and I know how to use it perfectly. I ‘m in a new environment and I need to worry less about the camera. For me, a new place, a new camera is too hard to handle. I will keep the GRD 4 for the time. When I will master my new playground, it will be time for me to use the GR3… I remember that I bought a GR and I still used my GRD4 more than 6 months before using the GR…
      BTW, I never use the B&W filters on my cameras. Just RAW that I post process in light room.

      Cheers man

  • John Harper

    That guy looks as though he has his hand in her purse! Perhaps he’s desperately trying to raise enough money to buy and Ricoh GR 3! On that subject; Please let Olivier and Misa know that I’m always available to look after their house for them. A month is not a problem if they feel that they need a break. I suggest they take a trip to Germany, just an idea, they could visit Wetzlar. Leitz Park is supposed to be an interesting place and of course if they felt the need to bring back a little souvenir for me it would be rude not to accept 😉
    Like the separation of the characters you achieved with the yellow t-shirt guy and the yellow motif running through the scene.
    I’m confident you won’t just pack up photography. It’ll take a while to settle in to your new life, once you have a sort of routine will emerge and you’ll find the time to get out and document Réunion with it’s people.

    • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

      This guy is like a politician. Waving his hand to catch your attention while the other one is stealing money in your wallet…
      I think that I might have more time next week when kids will go back to school but frankly, I have a lot of work for my new job. If will take some time before I get some routine. I will try to catch anything interesting in the little moments I will have left. But as I always say, there’s a time for everything. And now photography is secondary

  • jeanpPerenet

    Bon tu en as de la chance d’avoir le gr 3 même si tu as un faible pour le grd4. Le tien a-t-il été réparé?(et oui je suis l’horrible lyonnais et maintenant havrais qui t’a fait faire cette mauvaise affaire. ce n’était pas un reconditionné mais un invendu tout neuf). En tout cas les photos postées avec ce nouvel appareil me plaisent beaucoup. Ok tu n’as pas la profondeur de champ du grd 4 mais l’objectif est d’une netteté à couper au couteau pour le premier plan. je n’ai toujours pas de site mais si tu googleises mon prénomet nom tu peux avoir accès à mes galeries sur LFI gallery et aux articles sur macfilos en anglais. Profite bien de ta famille et de la Réunion

    • Jeff Chane-Mouye Post author

      Hello Jean,

      Je n’étais pas allé sur macfilo depuis un moment et je suis content d’être allé lire tes deux derniers articles. Au passage, merci de m’avoir cité dans l’un d’eux ! Celui consacré au GRD 4. Très belles photos d’ailleurs. Je sus toujours époustouflé par les photos faites part ce vieil appareil… Comme je l’ai dit dans un précédent blog, je me suis racheté un GRD 4 d’occasion. Je devrais le recevoir bientôt. Concernant l’appareil quad j’ai acheté au Havre, je le renvoie encore une fois au sav… Gros problème de netteté après le problème d’af. Tu n’y es pour rien ! C’est juste pas de bol de mon côté ! Mais je désespère pas que pentax règle le problème. Sinon je leur demanderai de me rembourser… J’ai décidé de racheter un GRD 4 car cet appareil me manque. J’ai beau avoir un GR et un GR3, eu envie de faire des photos avec le GRD 4… Je n’ai pas encore beaucoup utilisé le GR 3. J’ai noté que l’appareil chauffait beaucoup. C’est ce que m’a confirmé John en me faisant passer quelques blogs. Je vais renvoyer l’appareil à pentax. Si ils le disent que c’est normal, ça craint car l’appareil est vraiment très chaud… On verra.

      Best regards Jean

      • jean Perenet

        Je suis toujours un peu lent à répondre. J’ai toujours mon grd 4 à portée de main quand je vais en ballade (même avec un autre appareil). j’ai trouvé la solution pour les ciels blancs pourris de par chez nous et j’arrive à conserver des nuances dans le ciel mais c’est parfois compliqué. je trouve le rendu du grd 4 bien meilleur que le grd3 que j’ai donné à mon fils et qui l’utilise en alpinisme en espérant qu’il ne termine pas gelé sur une glacier ou dans une goulotte comme le précédent (un grd1).le grd4 est le meilleur appareil que j’ai jamais eu au niveau des couleurs, de la densité et du relief des photos. La stabilisation est un plus indéniable pour shooter à l’aveugle en marchant. Pour le gr 3, j’ai déjà lu qu’il chauffait beaucoup en lisant les articles que John m’a envoyé, en aprticulier celui du phtotgraphe sarde.