Quiet times, at least on some fronts. I haven’t taken my telescopes or related equipment out at all over these last several months. But the pending conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter may spur me to action, cold weather permitting.
So this may be a time of opportunity to discuss earlier shelved commentaries. One I have been meaning to address for a while is the usage of pinterest. I have experimented in leveraging other social media outlets for this blog before, mostly twitter, but I found its value limited.
My latest experiment was with pinterest, a site that seems more geared to sharing fashions and recipes. Still, its format appeared suited to photography, so I decided to leverage it whenever I posted my astronomy images.
I never expected much traffic, and still do not, on pinterest. Some of the images have a few hundred “impressions,” most less. But one surprisingly has had thousands of impressions:
This was a Moon composite I shared a year ago. It’s nice, but I don’t understand why this one image, or all of my posted images, has received such a disproportionate number of impressions. I guess I neither appreciate nor grasp marketing in this realm, to know what is going to catch the eye of the random pinterest viewer.
Part of the answer is that astrophotography is an extreme niche. If you would like to share your own experiences with astronomical social media, I would be interested in hearing them.