Mike Johnston, over at The Online Photographer, has some interesting words on the perceived age of his readers. He has been criticised, he says, for appealing mainly to older readers and ignoring younger photographers.
This resonances with me, as I am sure it will with many Macfilos readers. Like Mike, here at Macfilos we don’t set out deliberately to attract older readers; they just seem to gather, in the words of Marlene Dietrich, like Motten um das Licht¹. I’d love Macfilos to have more younger readers and I’ve often wondered how to go about attracting them.
On the other hand, I think it’s a good thing to have a few sites which are attractive to the more mature reader. Most blogs and articles tend to be written by younger hands. But I’m old and I suppose this is reflected in my interests and, perhaps, in my phraseology.
Have a look at Mike’s comments and let me know what you think? Should Macfilos pull out all the stops to attract a younger market? Is it indeed possible? Or are we beyond redemption?
Answers on a wax tablet to the comments section below…
- Marlene Dietrich, Falling in Love Again: [Older persons] “gather round me like moths around the flame”. ↩