Flickr stats: me wins, my photos lose, meh

Screenshot of the Flickr app

What my top-five most viewed photos tell me is that I should have been a model in my early thirties rather than a wannabe photographer.

I have been using Flickr since 2005.

Well, I have not used it for several years now, and I think I just understood why:

The most viewed pictures are almost entirely pictures I posted where I take center stage. They are part of the story I told about me on this platform, but they are not photos I took. (Although I did a series of self portraits in a dusty mirror which are of me, by me.)

But I don’t use the platform to show myself (that’s what Instagram is about, right? And I left that one already), as much as to showcase my photography at the same time as I photo-document bits of my life.

The only photo where I am not, among the top five, is a byproduct of its title being the same as a porn site (a coincidence, which I blogged about in 2006 when I figured out why it was my most popular photo), or maybe it was a swingers club.

I think I will find out how much longer the pro membership I paid is, and find an exit strategy for all of my photos on this platform. There is appetite for how I was about 10 years ago more than there is appetite for the stuff I want to show, much to my dismay.

Visited 32 countries (14.2%)

Update (09:25Z): Karl suggests which has a finer granularity:Map of the countries, the ones I visited in green

Visited 32 countries (14.2%) - Map of the countries, the ones I visited in red

If I have not forgotten any place, I have been to 32 different countries or states:


Since I last updated the map (Aug. 2008), recent-ish travels to new wonderful places took Vlad and I to [pointers are to photo sets on Flickr]: La Réunion island (Aug. 2013), Costa Rica (Spring 2012), Guadeloupe (Spring 2010).

flickr krma

[This post originally appeared in Dullicious, where I blogged as Barbie-dull for several years.]

The most viewed photo from my flickr photostream is:

canal 96:
Nobody counts it as a favorite, it has 1 comment, it has 4 tags: 200601-Paris, "Canal 96", paintings, wall.

I was thinking some website had linked to it. Tonight, I googled “Canal 96″. (NOT safe for work).

So my tip, if you’d like good flickr karma on a photo, is to name it according to a pron website.