The FlakPhoto Year in Review
2023 has been a fantastic year filled with images and ideas. I hope it's been the same for each of you. Happy New Year, friends!
Can you believe it?
Another year has come and gone. I swear, the older I get, the faster time flies. By all measures, 2023 has been good for me: I took up yoga, lost some weight, read a bunch of books, traveled in Italy, and looked at a lot of photography. One of the best parts, of course, has been writing this newsletter. I rebooted FlakPhoto Digest last year and am happy with how it’s evolving.
I hope you don’t mind some end-of-year reflections. ‘Tis the season, right?
More than 5,000 new readers signed on this year — thanks so much for checking it out. I don’t spend a lot of time looking at my subscriber stats. Still, I was delighted to see that as of this writing, FlakPhoto is read across all 50 U.S. states and in 156 countries across the globe. That’s pretty amazing, and it makes me feel like sitting at my desk week after week to share these things with you has been worth it.
Many of you know that I have a love-hate relationship with social media. I'm a photo guy, so Instagram is my favorite social net. I'm exploring Threads, and it's fun, but it doesn't really hold my attention. X continues to bore me. Many of my family and photo friends hang out on Facebook, and it's great for sharing pictures with my photo community. Substack Notes is something else — a thoughtful place where intelligent people write about big ideas and life experiences. I plan to spend more time on Notes in 2024. If you’re hanging out there, please drop me a line so I can follow your feed.
I had initially planned to write a “FlakPhoto Books of the Year” post this week. For various reasons — hosting an out-of-town friend, family time, and too much holiday celebration — that never materialized. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to use this week to reflect on the year and highlight some of my favorite posts from 2023. I’ve listed ten of those below. Since so many of you have joined me here over the past twelve months, I assume some are new to you. Take a look; there’s a little something for everyone.
Fear not, book folks! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to feature more photography bookwork in the newsletter in 2024, so stay tuned for that.
Finally, FlakPhoto Digest is a free, reader-supported publication. However, I am thrilled that over 300 of you support the newsletter with paid subscriptions. Seriously, that means so much to me. Writing this newsletter takes hours of work. If you appreciate my writing, please consider becoming a paid subscriber. For $5/month, paid subscriptions keep FlakPhoto going. Thanks for your support. I appreciate it!
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FlakPhoto Year In Review 2023
One more thing…
It’s a tradition to show Winter Pictures on FlakPhoto once the snow flies. There’s no snow in Madison right now, so I’m living vicariously through these images at the moment — No worry; it’ll be here soon enough. I show these reader submissions on my Instagram throughout the season. I’m curating another Winter Pictures post I’ll publish in the New Year. Please email me with your work.
Okay, that's all for 2023. Happy New Year, friends! I would love to hear what you have in store for 2024. Please email me anytime, comment below, or reply directly to this newsletter. Take care and be well. Have fun tomorrow night!
FlakPhoto Digest is a free, reader-supported publication. Writing this newsletter takes hours of work. If you appreciate my writing, consider becoming a paid subscriber. For $5/month, paid subscriptions keep the FlakPhoto project going. Thanks for your support. I appreciate it!