The State of Shutter Photo


I don’t typically write posts like this and for good reason:  When things aren’t going the way you want, you want to keep a positive outlook and make it seem – to outsiders – that it’s business as usual.  But there has been a very long period now where it seems like our activity is low and I wanted to address that before the rumor mill started.

In short:  Shutter Photo is going strong and we have a lot of great plans ahead.  We are not, as some might have thought, tapering off only to disappear, adding to a long list of sites that have failed.

The real story:  At the end of 2013, Shutter Photo started to turn a profit.  And so we knew we wanted to start taking the next step to enhance our website.  The first and most noticeable upgrade was our logo.  The old one was created by yours truly.  It wasn’t bad, but it was never intended to be our long-term branding.  But we also started to put into place a number of improvements to the site on the back end and in our overall site presentation.  Unfortunately, that has proven to be a bit more troublesome and time consuming than I had initially thought.  At the same time, my day job (while it would be awesome to manage a site like this full time, it doesn’t pay the bills) has escalated dramatically thanks to the returning economy.  And we’ve had a few internet-wide security scares that impacted our server, WordPress as a whole and slew of other features and resources we utilize across the internet.  The rapid patch updates for our engine and our themes have broken a few essential components of this site.  For example, you’ll notice tagging is broken.  And if you try to share this post, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether the content will share properly or if the link will propagate properly.  We have a plan to fix all this, but we want to do everything correctly, test it properly and make sure we won’t have this problem in the future.  This is just another burden of a growing site like Shutter Photo.

So again, everything is fine and we aren’t abandoning our readers.  But I wanted to bring this to everyone’s attention while we fix this over the course of the next several days (possibly weeks, though we hope not).  In the meantime, you can find us over at Google+ (our growing favorite social media outlet), Flickr and Twitter. And, as always, if you have a topic you’d like us to discuss, if you’d like to contribute an article or if you’d just like to write and tell us your thoughts (we take compliments and criticism), feel free to email us.



About Author

D. Travis North is a professional Landscape Architect, a Freelance Photographer and founder of Shutter Photo. Ever since he picked up his first SLR, his father's Nikon N2000, he's been hooked on photography. Travis likes to photograph urban environments, architectural details and has a new-found interest in close-up photography. His work can be found at D. Travis North Photography. Follow Travis on twitter: @dtnorth.

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