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Dustin Abbott

October 31st, 2014

Hello, everyone.  This is just a quick post to muse on how grateful I am for the support that I have received this year.  It was December 14th of 2013 that saw me pass the million view mark.  It was quite the rush, and I mused at that point about how amazing it was after struggling to get anyone to look at my work in the early years.  You can read about that here.  John Maxwell teaches about the Law of Momentum and how important it is to any enterprise.  I’m thankful today that I continue to have positive momentum in my photography business.

Flickr Stats October 31st

Less than a year later I have passed the 4 million view mark on Flickr.  Wow!  One million in the first three years, 3+ more in the next 10 months.  This year I added a presence on Twitter and Google+ as I work towards using social media in a positive way and to connect with people.  I’m happy to say that I’ve been well received in those spaces in a limited amount of time.  I also continue to maintain a portfolio on 500px, and I’ve been blessed to have five or six images shoot to the front page there this year.  But I’m most excited about the traffic coming right here, as building your own brand is a much greater challenge.  Thanks to your support I have now had almost half a million “hits” on dustinabbott.net since it’s launch a little over two years ago. Thank you!  The traffic was so heavy at the beginning of this year that I had to switch hosting companies and servers. It was a stressful few days as the glitches were worked out, but it has proven worth it as the site continues to run smoothly with about 4x the traffic this year compared with the previous year.  A big “Thank You!!!” to everyone for your support.

I’ve got some exciting things coming up shortly.  As we head into the holiday season I will be casting an eye back over the year with some cool TOP 10 articles.  My TOP 10 favorite photos of 2014, my TOP 10 Reviews, My TOP 10 favorite photos from others, and some TOP 10 Gear lists.  I am also working on some interviews with some great photographers to share with you.  I am currently in the process of reviewing the Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZE, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG ART lens, the Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift, the Vanguard ABEO Pro Tripod and GH-300T ball head, and some cool accessories from EasyCover.  I am expecting the incredible Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 next week – so expect some great reviews plus a huge 50mm shoot-out coming soon.

Thanks again for your support, and keep coming back!

Dustin

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