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This is great +Darren Rowse 
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Really excited about our brand new #photography  eBook  - Loving Landscapes - a Guide to landscape photography workflow and post processing. 

It's our 2nd eBook with +Todd Sisson and +Sarah Sisson

Inside you'll find over 200 pages packed full of juicy workflow and processing tips to help you bring your #landscapesphotography  alive!

Best of all - it's 33% off for Early Birds.

Details are at - http://digital-photography-school.com/guide-landscape-photography-workflow-post-processing/

PS: we're already seeing some great reviews on this one. Check out this glowing review from +Rowan Sims at http://www.rowansims.com/product-review/book/loving-landscapes-guide-landscape-photography-workflow-post-production-ebook/
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Looks great. I'll recommend to over 1/2M on Twitter.
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We're hiring a writer or two at dPS.

Details are at http://jobs.problogger.net/view/8225

Please pass this on to any photographer friends!
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I am a good one.
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Was just cleaning my whiteboard and found this little reminder
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Perfect, +Darren Rowse! Would you mind if I quoted you on that? I'm writing a post on the dangers of mindlessly sharing content you haven't even read and I think this fits pretty well!
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A Few Thoughts on Declining 'Reach' on Facebook Pages

I posted this on my Facebook page today but thought I might share it here too.

I've lost count of the number of people that I've seen today on Facebook talking about how their Facebook page 'reach' numbers are low.

They often talk about 'reach' as a percentage of the overall people who 'like' their pages.

I don't tend to look at the reach stats that often - I'm more interested in how many people comment, click through on links to my site and share.... but 'reach' is obviously on a lot of people's minds and I can kind of understand why ...

As bloggers we often look at how visitors we have to a blog post. This number is similar to 'reach' in some ways and it is often used as a measure of success (although I'm not sure it's the best measure either).

So here's my question for those who are feeling down about lower 'reach' numbers?

What is your 'reach' like on other social media platforms?
Take Twitter for example - if you made the same judgement about 'reach' on Twitter as many people do about FB how would that compare?

My feeling is that the percentage of my total Twitter follower numbers who see each Tweet that I do would be a tiny number. I've not tested it (and I'm not sure how I would) but my gut feeling is that my tweets are seen by far smaller percentages of my total follower numbers than my Facebook updates.

I guess the reason we feel upset about our Facebook reach is that things have changed - we feel like we've had something taken away from us - while on Twitter there have not been changes (although I can think back over the years to a few changes on Twitter too that have made using it less effective).

Then there's G+ - what's our reach like there? To be honest - I have no idea. I'm lucky enough to have a decent following on my G+ account (although I neglect it a bit) but when I do update I never get any stat on how many people 'see' the updates I do. I see +'s and shares... but no reach.

Update: It's been pointed out that with Pinterest there's no 'reach' stat either. Similarly I'm not aware of anything on LinkedIn. Do any other social networks other than FB even give this kind of stat on how many people 'see' an update?

My gut feeling is that if I did get that stat that it'd be pretty low too.
Let me emphasise - that I'm not saying I don't feel disappointment when companies like FB change rules in a way that impacts me. I get it... but I guess I also try to see the bigger picture and put what we're seeing on FB into perspective.
Thoughts?
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Google themselves say G+ posts, when shared thru the embedded link, are fully followed, and pass true PR, that is all I am going by +Andy Beard. 
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Hottest post on dPS in the last 24 hours.

http://digital-photography-school.com/canon-vs-nikon-battle/

It also triggered a huge 'discussion' on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/digitalps/posts/10152132086848049?stream_ref=10 :-)
We know Canon vs Nikon debates always spark an interesting ‘discussion’ among our readers (and yes we know there are other brands)… so when we saw this photo we just had to share it for a little fun. CANON N?KON WARS by Bekir Sozak on 500px What do you use? Tell us here on our …
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la foto esta genial y sintetiza cualquier comentario. se matan, espero que para mejorar
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The year was 1851 and two brothers stood by a bend in a creek that had wishfully been named by gold prospectors 'Golden Point' in days gone by.

The two brothers surname was Cavanagh and they'd been digging - along with around 600 others - in their 'claim' at Golden Point for days.

Some gold had definitely been found on this particular bend in the creek. In fact numerous miners had made good - although not spectacular - money from their finds in previous weeks. 

Most of the gold had been found in the sandy ground to a depth of around 1 meter (3.2 feet) but at that point everyone who dug hit a hard layer of clay and received no reward for their effort.

The result was that the area was littered with abandoned claims - holes in the ground were everywhere, all dug to a depth of around 1 meter.

Miners around the Cavanagh brothers that day were beginning to talk of rumors coming from further up creek of richer pickings and in the 24 hours that followed most of the men had moved on.

But the brothers Cavanagh had a hunch. 

They wanted to see what would happen if they dug deeper and so began the arduous task of digging into the hard clay that everyone else had stopped digging at.

They chose an abandoned claim from another miner and began to dig.

The work was hard and unrewarding. 

They dug and found nothing but more clay.

Inch by inch they chipped away at the clay only to find more clay.

All day they dug. 

The next morning they continued to dig as the last miners around them abandoned their claims and moved on to chase their dreams up creek.

I can just imagine those miners abandoning their claims shaking their heads at the brothers and laughing at their foolhardy efforts.

But the brothers had a belief and kept their focus.

As sunset approached and after hours of back breaking work the brothers finally broke through the last of the clay at around the depth of 2 meters. 

Under the clay they found what centuries ago been the old bed of the creek and in it were pockets of gold which had been washed down the creek from the mountains over hundreds of years.

The brothers worked into the night feverishly until the light from their lamps gave up. Imagine how they must have felt as they attempted to sleep that night!

The next day they arose early and assessed their work. In the light of day the full reality of what they’d uncovered started to sink in. There was gold down below that clay… and lots of it!

In a single day alone the Cavanagh brothers found 27 kilograms (60 pounds) of gold.

That days takings alone earned the men over  £3500 which was more than enough to set the two brothers up for life.

One month later 10,000 miners worked in the area around Golden Point - and the wider Ballarat area and it became known as the richest known gold field in the world for that time.

You can bet that those who followed the brothers dug deeper than they had previously!

Reflections on the Cavanagh Brothers Experience

I first came across the story of the Cavanagh brothers while researching a project I was doing in high school and have since found myself reflecting upon it many times.

I love the determination, the focus and the persistence of these two men. 

I love how that despite the distractions of rumours from up creek that they continued to dig... where others had already dug and given up at the first sign of clay.

I love that they persisted while others followed the exciting rumours of fortune and in doing so found a fortune that others could only dream of finding.

I love that through their persistence that they not only found their own fortune but opened the eyes to others - others who probably had looked at them thinking that they were crazy for digging into that clay - to a new way.

Sometimes Success Comes Through Digging in Hard Places

There have been times over the last few years where I've at times felt a little like the brothers Cavanagh. 

While my hands do not toil with a pick or shovel digging into hardened clay there are days where I do second guess my actions and wonder if I should head up stream to start something new. 

I've seen many bloggers come and go over the years. People who, like me, saw the opportunity in blogging to build something significant - but who at the first sign of clay abandoned their blogs. 

Then there were others who abandoned their work because of the exciting 'rumors' from up creek... bloggers who stopped blogging to MySpace... to tweet...  to Tumblr... to Facebook... to G+...

The blogosphere is littered with abandoned blogs and I sometimes wonder what might have happened if some of those bloggers had kept digging through the clay.

While I know not all would have succeeded I do think that persistence is a big part of successful blogging (and success in almost all fields).

My experience of blogging is that while there have been days where I've dug into rich veins of gold and great fortune that they've always come after focused effort of digging in hard ground.
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I didn't mean to send that yet. I hope you don't mind my following you. It's mostly for the knowledge, your experiences, and unexpected entertainment. Thank you for the Cavanaugh story, it was really great..
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I recently had the realisation that much of what I’ve done in the last 12 years as a blogger has had to do with building community and cultures on my blogs.

The success and failures in that time have largely been the result of the health of those communities.
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Everything starts with relationships, doesn't it?
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I'm really excited about this post - partly for the topic (creating products to sell on your blog) but partly also because it's a new format of post for ProBlogger.

We're calling it a 'he says... he say' style post. 

Check it out at http://www.problogger.net/archives/2014/04/01/creating-products-week-before-you-even-think-about-creating-products-think-about-this/

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OK How can I do it?
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Last weekend we visited the Enchanted Maze. When we got to the end the boys did a little celebratory dance.
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Cute! They look like they are enjoying themselves!
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Blogging was a medium that Darren Rowse stumbled upon by accident in 2002 as he was researching a new project - little did he know that just 18 months later he'd be one of the world's first professional bloggers and making a living from his blogs.

Out of writing a popular personal blog that covered everything from politics, to religion, to cultural observations Darren launched Digital Photography Blog in 2003. This quickly became a commercial success and the launching pad for many other blogs in the coming years.

These days Darren works mainly on two blogs - ProBlogger.net and Digital Photography School where he's also published a growing library of eBooks. He has also founded ProBlogger.com - a private educational community for bloggers.

He is also a co-founder of 'Third Tribe Marketing', 'b5media blog network' and the co-author of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six Figure Income (Wiley).

Darren also consults world wide with bloggers and companies interested in the medium, speaks on the topic of blogging and new media and is regularly featured in articles and interviews in both online and off-line media.

He also runs blogger training events in Australia.

He lives in Australia with his wife 'V' and 3 sons.
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Another great restaurant from the same group as Maha and Press Club. I held my 40th birthday party here in one of the upper room sand am still getting guests tell me it was the best night out that they'd had in years (given... we are all parents of little kids and don't get out much... but it was great). The staff were attentive, the food was plentiful and delicious and the atmosphere was great. There was a hens party in the next room and we didn't hear a thing and all had a great time. We also eat regularly here and Shane and his team do a remarkable job.
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I love Maha - it is our go to restaurant for a celebration in our family and never disappoints. The staff are friendly and helpful. the food is amazing and I always come away feeling happy with the experience and looking forward to my return.
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It's always great to find a cafe that becomes your regular hang out - Jam for Joe has become that for me. You can find me there most mornings. The Coffee is great, the food is exceptional (the baked eggs is my favorite) and the service goes beyond friendly. It only took the staff 2 visits to know my name and order and when they installed Wi-Fi - they had me!
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