the photoblog world is somewhat like the german foto community: every image is superb and the more you comment the better your pictures get... mutual masturbation describes it very well. And look at the top and best known photoblogs: from time to time they have high quality work but most part of the pictures is - in my opinion - not better than the work of unknown photographers.
Is maybe a jealous and frustrated photoblogger speaking? Well, I wouldn't say that. I tried hard to get more traffic to my blog but resignated a while ago just because I don't see the point of it. When I look at comments of popular blogs I ask myself "whats the point of all that?". Most of the comments are just rubbish and pictures won't improve by that type of "feedback". In the end I'm happy for every constructive and honest comment, even if there is only one per picture. Sure, I'm participating at the photoblogs award and even managed to get to the final round last year with one of my pictures... but in the end I did not benefit that much from it.
The photoblog - at least for me - is a way to show what I'm currently working on. And people who are interested in my life and my photographic work visit the blog and are - hopefully - happy about the pictures on it. I don't need people commenting my blog just because the try to get as much back links to their blogs as possible... whats the point of all that??? Why do I need visitors that just visit my blog because they smell an opportunity of pushing their own popularity? I know, that is the reason why my blog will remain fameless... but in the end: who cares.
/edit: to sum it up: I don't like the lack of quality on 95% of photoblog comments... I mean how can you post 50 (!!!) constructive and good comments A DAY? I'm impressed if you can and IF you can go on... but I can't. So i minimize my comments on pictures I really want to comment. And thats the sort of comment I'd like to have on my blog: honest and "real" comments and not that sort of random-comments-generator stuff. so before commenting like a machine on others photoblogs ask yourself what sort of comments you want to receive and try to figure out how you can get them.
Last edited by marc; 03-25-2008 at 06:49 AM.