Monday, May 14, 2007

I'm Going To Review The K10D

(Updated for syntax edits) Alright, this blog has been a bit slower with updates in 2007, but I'm glad many of you are still coming back to read. I'm really glad you've stuck in there, so thank you all very much. It's been over a year I've been writing little old OK1000!

Since I started, when there wasn't anywhere to get just Pentax specific news and trivia in a homespun way, a lot of neat Pentax blogs have popped up on the landscape (shout outs to PentaxLife, Bruce Robbins, and all the others). My original intention of creating a Pentax blog isn't so unique anymore and for a long while that's made me question what I can still contribute that people will find interesting. In December of 2006, I met with Herb Keppler at PopPhoto*, and he was very good at telling me some Pentax yarns that a lot of you would chew your right hand off just to hear. But we also talked a bit about the role of writers, reviewers, and bloggers in relation to specific companies. It was such an eye opener, I'll admit it made me very self conscious about what I was doing. Especially considering that I started all this just for fun.

Then this weekend, I was talking with a personal friend of mine who has been a columnist and reviewer for many years in the video game industry, and a thanks to his pep talk I had a few new ideas that started cough and sputter to life in regards to my role as a little writer with a Pentax specific blog.

So from now on, I'm going to make it a bit more personal. We'll see how this goes.

First off, I'm telling you now I want to review the K10D for myself. No, I don't have one. But somehow in the next two weeks, I'm going to make it happen, even if it means borrowing a demo unit or finding a friend who can part with theirs for a few days. If anyone has any tips for making this happen, drop me a line. I'll keep you posted.

Second, it's about time I shoot from the hip. For example, I'm not sure what's going on with availability of Pentax DA lenses, but it's terrible right now here in North America. Not just lenses, either... how easy has it been to get your hands on an FGZ 540 flash? It's not that demand is simply outstripping supply, it's that dealers are waiting for the shipments longer than they should be waiting.

From what I understand, writing a blog, unlike a website, is a very idiosyncratic style, Everyone can get different expectations of what they'd like to see you talk about, but in the end they're coming to read what you have to say. So, even if I'm only in this for a little while longer, I'm going to make it worth my while so that it's good for you, too.

In the last 7 months, I've had over 250,000 readers. I didn't expect more than a handful a day, but now it's common enough to have about a thousand of you every 24hrs, with quite a few people going through the back pages and staying a while during a visit. That's peanuts compared to the big websites, but I'm happy.

* Herb has a great article he's posted today called "Hot Heir" about a lot of what I talked about with him last December, namely the K1000 and Pentax's attempts at a digital successor...

Herb writes: "...If stripping bare is still a must for a learning camera, and Pentax finds enough of a market for one, these eliminations and changes are what I would recommend in a Pentax K100D2, in addition to the well dressed Pentax K100D." More here.


Anonymous said...

Keep your blog post coming in again! I've been coming back to your blog to read your update every now and then. I like to read what you blog about pentax!


Dr Hiding Pup said...

Carry on at this rate, and you might get an offer from Amazon, like DPreview! Sell out, however, and I'll never forgive you :-)

I don't even have a Pentax camera (no intentions of getting one any time soon either) but find this blog a fascinating resource anyway.

Bruce Robbins said...

Don't give up! Your blog inspired me to start my own and I know where you're coming from with your post. My original intention was to write about the K10D but, let's face it, there's only so much you can say about a camera on an almost daily basis!

I've broadened my blog to include lots about the K10D but also Pentax film cameras, older lenses and the great little DA primes. I also post loads of pics as I believe people like to see something to illustrate a post.

You're right about making it more personal, though. I think the success of a blog depends on creating a relationship between the writer and the reader.

You've definitely been more successful than me in that regard. I'm averaging around 200 readers per day-well behind your level-but I'd probably do it if I had a fraction of that amount.

If any of my readers see this then thanks for coming back again and again.

In the meantime, keep plugging away. In a small way, you're making daily life a more enjoyable experience for some people and that's got to be worthwhile.


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