The response to my article on the future direction of Macfilos — either to concentrate on a specific market sector and personal interests or attempt to do everything — brought a satisfying and unanimous set of comments from regular readers. It seems that everyone likes Macfilos as it is.
Kris Such said: “I enjoy the curation of this sector of the market, whilst appreciating your wider knowledge of the market sector in general.” And John Nicholson commented on the community of readers: “To me, the really valuable thing about Macfilos is that it feels like a community of people sharing what they know about and enjoy, and you are the lynch-pin in that, Mike. So don’t feel any pressure to cast your net wider.”
For Tony Vidler it’s the pleasure of opening Macfilos every day — his lunchtime treat as he puts it: “The pleasure of opening the Macfilos daily email with the gradually emerging diagonal shot of the Leica top plate cannot be replaced by any other — so stick with Leica — and a bit of Sony.”
And Dan Bachmann, a friend from the Leica Society, feels that “Macfilos is part of the Leica community which values the feel photography gives as much as the feeling that photographs can give others”. Several commentators, including Mike Amos, point out that there are other photo sites covering the non-stop rollout of gear, so keep doing what you are doing: “I come daily because I like to read something from a passionate writer who knows their subject, not a string of press releases or reviews of stuff just because it was released.” John Reynolds confirms this view: “Macfilos works for me because you cover things you are passionate about. I don’t think you will go far wrong sticking to that.”
As for the oddball nature of Macfilos, Bo Dez points out that oddball is good. Nico agrees: “I like this place because of what it is, so keep it as oddball as possible. I am not the least interested in the mainstream stuff from Sony, Nikcanon or Fuji.”
All of this really confirms what I really already knew. I just value your contributions and suggestions. I started Macfilos on the base of my enthusiasm for technology and photography but I don’t claim to be an expert in either sphere. I regard myself as a photographer of modest talents (and with a great deal to be modest about) but I enjoy what I do and, as I’ve mentioned on several occasions, it keeps me sane.
The Macfilos community is very real, at least I feel it so, and it is something of an oasis in the spiteful and bullying culture which so often typifies social media. I continue to be amazed that intemperate comments or ill-judged criticism are almost non-existent. I can recall only one comment in the past few years which has been other than well reasoned and polite. I think we all appreciate that. Indeed, I do not feel the need to moderate comments — they are posted immediately and automatically before I see them — and have never had to delete a comment or ban a commentator. That’s quite remarkable, as you know, and I will leave it unmoderated as long as I can.
Following yesterday’s article and the enthusiastic response, I think I can safely say that it will be business as usual. We will continue to major on Leica and Leica photography but in a completely unblinkered manner. Where appropriate, other makes will be brought in provided I feel the content is appropriate and relevant. But we won’t attempt to be a general review of new products and developments. That seems to work for us all.
Again, thank you all for your comments. Special thanks are due to Nico, John Reynolds, Jean, Bo Dez, George, William Fagan, Mike Amos, Dan Bachmann, Gordon Brown, Don McConnell, Tony Vidler, Paul Glendell, John Nicholson, Andrew, Kris Sukhu, John Wilson, Joseph Lam, PF Myers, David Bailey, Per Ofverbeck, Brian Nichol and Timmy.