We may be addicted to moving pictures — on TV, at the movies or on our tablets — but we’ve still got a connection to beautiful photographs. That’s evidenced by the Web traffic we get on a regular basis for photo galleries.
Unlike the preferences of print readers, which often remains a mystery to editors and researchers alike, the habits of online readers are reported daily (not what specific individuals read, but how many times a story was read or a photo looked at). That daily report shows up in my email early in the morning, telling me what was hot and what was not the previous day.
Typically, the most-viewed topics online are photo galleries, sometimes from our staff but also often from readers who submit photos. This week is an example of the latter: a Fall Colors photo contest for readers is a big hit, as evidenced by the 4,569 page views it received yesterday. Also popular was a gallery on “Wildlife in Lithia Park,” submitted by WR Young, a regular contributor to our reader photos. The wildlife gallery ended Monday with a 24-hour page view total of 3,343.
Check out all the reader photo galleries on our website and you’ll see why so many people are hooked on the work of local community photographers.