Today, Macfilos reaches the grand old age (for a blog, that is) of 14 years. Here in England, they are holding a national holiday to celebrate. And I have strewn colourful bunting across the facade of MacFilos Towers as a nod to the occasion.
Here’s the first article published on the site on 29 August 2008. It has had under 1,000 views in 14 years — and no comments. Must try harder…
Since then, editor Evans and the large contingent of contributing authors have laboured over 5,500 copiously illustrated posts, pounding out some ten million words along the way. I was a mere whippersnapper when it all started, but just see what it has done to me in the intervening years. Now I have to mount my SL2 on a walking frame.
Starting originally as an extremely amateur tech site, specialising in Apple (hence the Mac part of the title), Macfilos focus gradually turned to photography as I became more familiar with the techniques of blogging. We began to pick up a loyal readership from all around the world and have built up an enviable reputation for our even-tempered and informative discussions, with over 24,000 comments on the books.
By far, the most successful series of posts was generated by William Fagan with his Swiss Roll mystery of the undeveloped film that had lain undisturbed in a mid-1930s Leica for over 70 years. The initial article in this series has attracted 73,000 views and 331 comments and prompted coverage by mainstream media, including the BBC and New York Times. William’s final summary of progress has notched up 28,500 views and 173 comments.
Without you, the readers and contributors, Macfilos would not have survived for 14 years.
So please raise a glass to Macfilos this evening. The site has provided me with an interesting and rewarding pastime in my retirement. Above all, I have got to know many readers and contributors from all over the world. The blog has also created the opportunity to strike up relationships with trade companies such as Leica, Panasonic and Sigma and the many clubs and associations involved in the photographic world.