Dear readers, I would like to increase the range of this blog and I am currently thinking what would be the best way to do it.
Most of the interaction with you happens through the comment section here or through our Facebook account and I am getting the feeling this is not enough, especially considering you cannot get this high quality, in-depth reviews anywhere else with so little and unobstrusive advertising on the pages.
We do have an Instagram blog account, but honestly I hate the instagram workflow. Posting via phone sucks, the desktop apps suck even more and you cannot properly paste links leading to the reviews, because Instagram wants to keep you in their system at all cost.
Is Instagram the way to go nevertheless?
Is Twitter still a thing?
Youtube videos that go along with the reviews?
A whatsapp group?
Anything else that comes to mind I didn’t think of yet?
It would be greatly appreciated if you could tell us in the comment section what would be your preferred way to communicate with us and where you would like to be informed about new posts first.
Thanks in advance, Bastian
I am amazed by the sheer amount of feedback from you guys! I may not reply to every comment but be assured I read all of them. So I will comment on some of the more common discussion points in summary here.
I set up a phillipreeve.net Discord server, so you are invited to try it out with me and see if it is an useful addition.
It is now obvious that there is not one clear answer to my questions. Some people were concerned that things will change dramatically, but this is not my intention. For lens reviews I still consider an actual webpage the best solution. I hate it myself to try and gather information from video reviews, it is such a time consuming and annoying process.
The Discord option sounds interesting to me. It is not as shady as Telegram, not a part of meta and might even appeal to a younger audience. It would allow me to share bits of content with you whenever I like without getting screwed over by some questionable algorithm, which is definitely something I am interested in.
Youtube is also something I will look into further, but I need to come up with a suitable and at the same time sustainable concept first (I am saying that for years now, I know…).
I have zero interest in investing hours and hours in cutting videos and such, so only onetakes are an option for me. I am currently thinking of using OBS to create the videos, as I already know a little about its functionality and it might actually work for me.
Many people said the Comment section here does not have as much functionality as they would like. I generally agree with that. It might be possible to open up the option for you to register yourself here, in that case you would get notifications and would be able to edit your comments. For the regular readers this might be a useful addition, I will discuss with Phillip if this is possible to implement.
Guest posts/reviews come with a lot of legal and some moral issues. There is no way for me to prove the pictures in those posts are actually yours. Or if the people in the pictures are okay with having their pictures here. There is also no way for me to find out if you have been paid by someone to write that post.
That being said: if you have a great idea for a guest post or you even want to join the team (it means quite a bit of work with most of the time little reward) just contact me.
Be aware though the last times I tried to extend the team didn’t go too well, so I would be asking for a review written by yourself first (.doc/x, .pdf or other website/blog).
Forums. I am already active at Fred Miranda as well as the german DSLR-Forum and even the Leica Forum. I am not really interested in creating or trying to maintain a competitor to those.
I was shortly thinking of doing a cooperation with Fred Miranda to maybe have a dedicated Phillipreeve.net section there, but it would create problems of overlap and I think the “FMers” are already readers here anyway. Welcome guys! 🙂
Admittedly: I have mostly given up on promoting my reviews on those platforms though. Promoting my own reviews like that always feels a bit like begging for attention and I don’t like that. I am really bad at self-marketing.
PS: I was never really interested in reviewing the mainstream lenses and was very happy the others took care of that, unfortunately they are mostly busy with other endeavours (work/family) these days.