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2009: Best Articles of the Year

Doomed to be a Photographer

I did it in 2007, in 2008, and I’m doing it again in 2009 — a roundup of the best Epic Edits articles of the year!

We’re also approaching the 3 year birthday for the blog, and I’m super excited that this thing just keeps going. I’m also thankful that so many fellow photography enthusiasts keep coming back to join the conversation and participate in the projects. You guys are awesome, and I’m glad to know so many of you on a first name basis (seriously, I always smile when I see a regular leave a comment on an article).

So how about a few stats to check our progress? In just 2009, we had about 1,500,000 pageviews, 925,000 visits, and 750,000 unique visitors. And in the lifespan of the blog, we’ve had 3,685,000 pageviews, 2,245,000 visitors, and 1,835,000 uniques. We’re also up to about 8,100 RSS subscribers, from 4,600 at the same time last year.

Here are some noteworthy articles that were published in 2009. If you’re new here, check ‘em out!












NOW ON WITH 2010!!!

Blog Statistics Project Results

A little while back I blogged about the 16 Month Statistics for Epic Edits. That was a project entry with a fellow photography blog: photonovice.net. 8 other photography bloggers also participated in the project, sharing their most popular articles.

So if you’re looking for some good reading material, check out the articles and see some of the most popular content from these different sites. And be sure to check out the project pages at photonovice.net.

Project Results – Blog Statistics – Most Popular
Blog Statistics – Where Are You From?

16 Month Statistics for Epic Edits

Photonovice.net is running a BLOG STATISTICS PROJECT (deadline is May 9), so I figured it would be a good opportunity to actually look at my stats. Yep, you heard me — I don’t check my stats too often. After a while, it all starts to look the same and no amount of staring at the graphs will make them get any taller.

I hope I don’t come off as “beating my chest” with this post — they’re just numbers, and there are plenty of other bloggers out there with more impressive numbers. The one number you should pay attention to is “16″ — as in 16 months of constant blogging, relationship building, project participating, commenting, emailing, writing, posting, and everything else that goes along with the territory. It’s not a quick or easy process.

So if you’re new around here, the top articles are a good place to start checking out. Those same articles are also listed in my sidebar and are typically updated every month or so. If you’re running your own blog, the top sources ought to tell you which services and websites are worth paying attention to (and participating in).


In nearly 16 months of publishing, we’ve had approximately 1,400,000 pageviews… 850,000 visits… and 720,000 unique visitors. We also have over 500 published posts containing 340,000 words and 3800 comments containing 185,000 words! Here are 10 of the best performing articles.

16 Inspirational Portrait Photography Techniques
16 Inspirational Portrait Photography Techniques
324,596 Views and 67 Comments

87 Great Photography Blogs and Feeds
87 Great Photography Blogs and Feeds
110,673 Views and 90 Comments

28 Ways to Interpret a Photo
28 Ways To Interpret A Photo
109,007 Views and 167 Comments

Warning: These 9 Photoshop Techniques May Result In Great Photos
Warning: These 9 Photoshop Techniques May Result In Great Photos
108,674 Views and 25 Comments

7 Bad Habits of Digital Photographers
7 Bad Habits of Digital Photographers (a big thanks to Antoine!)
85,089 Views and 48 Comments

60% of Photoshop Users are PIRATES!
60% of Photoshop Users are PIRATES!
80,851 Views and 71 Comments

Five Fantastic Flickr Photographers
Five Fantastic Flickr Photographers
41,740 Views and 43 Comments

How To Create Photoshop Actions
How To Create Photoshop Actions
12,699 Views and 9 Comments

Creative Commons: A Great Concept I’ll Continue to Employ
Creative Commons: A Great Concept I’ll Continue to Employ
11,631 Views and 44 Comments

So You Think You Know What An F-Number Is
So You Think You Know What An F-Number Is
11,293 Views and 8 Comments


Over 5000 sources have sent people to the Epic Edits Weblog from 6 continents, 198 countries (US being the most popular), and 16,344 cities (London being the most popular by far). Here are the top 10 contributors of incoming traffic.

221,461 Visits

215,450 Visits

Direct Traffic
97,455 Visits

Google Search
Google Search
89,745 Visits

Google Referral
Google Referral (mostly Google Reader)
18,641 Visits

11,813 Visits

DIYPhotography.net — Udi, you rock!
10,040 Visits

digital Photography School
digital Photography School — Thanks Darren & Neil!
9,792 Visits

9,002 Visits

Yahoo Search
Yahoo Search
8,306 Visits

And just for kicks, here’s a graph of the feed subscription growth. Subscribe here if you want to keep up to date with the latest articles.

Feed Growth

I don’t keep track of numbers on my Flickr account, but I do keep a collection of my most popular photos based on various things such as interestingness, views, comments, and faves. I find that it’s kind of good to keep an eye on what’s working and what’s not when it comes to photography — especially for those of us who are still finding our way.

[VISIT THE PROJECT HOMEPAGE] So if you have a blog of your own, dig into your stats and whip up a post about your most popular articles or photos. Remember, the project deadline is May 9 — so hurry up before it’s too late!