We are two: second anniversary!

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Pick your analogy: organic growth in a semi-structured, harmonious way, or deeper down the rabbit hole we go…

Mingthein.com celebrates its second birthday today. There’s not a lot to say other than a huge thank you; without the support of my readers, students, clients and customers, I’d probably have packed it in way back when. In the last two years, we’ve had:

  • 780 articles
  • 1.9 million words of content
  • 36,000 comments
  • 3,800 published images
  • 9.5 million visitors to the main site, and 17.5 million to my flickr page
  • 13,700+ accepted images in the reader pool, filtered down from >100,000 with >1,400 active members
  • Somewhere around 6,500 Facebook followers
  • 165 email school students
  • 21 workshops, with another 3 planned (one space each for Melbourne and Havana)
  • I’ve lost count of the number of emails; my guess would be somewhere around 120,000?
  • Two dead keyboards

Suffice to say it’s a much, much larger community than I ever expected; sometimes I’m overwhelmed by it all. I’ve come to realise that my opinion is taken very seriously by a lot of people; perhaps too seriously by some. That’s a good thing and a bad thing, and I never take that responsibility lightly – especially if any of the findings are thoughts run contrary to expectation or common sense. I have always been and will always continue to be independent; even in the highly unlikely event that some camera company throws large sums of money my way. There’s no point doing otherwise: I, and this site, have always been about the images first and foremost, with everything else taking a secondary – but still important – back set. In any case, there’s plenty more to come as long as I can keep up with feeding the bear. Cheers to you all! MT

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Places left for 2014 Making Outstanding Images Workshops: Havana and London – click here for more information and to book!

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Comments

  1. Congrats, Ming.
    Keep up the good work. Enjoy your articles (and learning from it) tremendously.

  2. Hopefully in another two years, many of us will still be tuning in, and the discussions will be as fresh as always. :)

  3. Congrats, Ming. Thanks for all the hard work and intelligent discourse that make this blog so enjoyable and useful.

  4. xpanded says:

    Congratulations! Unable to speak for others my reason for coming back for more is the fact that you both write brilliantly and make great pictures. It is quite uncommon in the web world to find both qualities in the same person. And then you are consistent: I can – with a high degree of certainty – predict how a certain piece of equipment will do in my hands from reading one of your reviews, simply because I have another product you have reviewed before. Your production rate is nothing short of astonishing to be honest and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you commercial and personal success. PS: Your web layout is the most pleasing of the photo reviews I have seen. Easy on the eye and presents the pictures very well. May it stay that way for a long time. /Xpanded

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