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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Online Photographer Turns One

It's our birthday! T.O.P. started one year ago today.

To celebrate, we offer our (first annual?) T.O.P. Ten Best Living Photographers list, which you'll find below. If you think an omission just can't be tolerated, your nominations to the list are welcomed—just leave a comment under that post.

There's also an interview with Mike about T.O.P. over on The Luminous Landscape today.

A few stats: There have been 849 posts since last November 28th, for an average of a little over 2.3 a day. As of yesterday, we've attracted 2,218,890 page views from all over the world. Our most popular post (far and away) was "Great Photographers on the Internet." (It's really overdue for a Part II, don't you agree?) Two days after that was posted, we set our 24-hour record for hits of 26,537. More than 150,000 people have viewed that page. Another popular post was the "Sam Memorial Dog Camera Award," about the World's Ugliest Camera. This is probably the furthest off-topic we've ventured (admittedly pretty far, kyuk-yuk-yuk-yuk).

We have published posts from 37 different contributors, who are listed below; thanks to all of them. Thanks, too, to our sponsors, who have kept the site alive.

But most of all, thanks to all of you who read T.O.P.! We've all been gratified by the site's popularity, and we appreciate all the praise and compliments we get. To one and all, thank you. You're always welcome here, whether you come by several times a day, or once every few months, or anything in between.

Here are T.O.P.'s Contributors in its first year, in alphabetical order (the most frequent contributors in boldface):

STAN BANOS
GEORGE BARR
JOHN BATES
ALAIN BRIOT
JOHN BROWNLOW
JUAN BUHLER
PAUL BUTZI
CTEIN
DAVID EMERICK
GABI FITZ
ALBANO GARCIA
OREN GRAD
PETER GREGG
NICOLAI GROSSMAN
NICHOLAS HARTMANN
JEFF HENDERSON
MAX HERTELENDY
MIKE JOHNSTON
JOHN KENNERDELL
SCOTT KIRKPATRICK
JOHN LEHET
GORDON MCGREGOR
ROBERT MEIER
G. DAN MITCHELL
DENNIS MOOK
KENT PHELAN
SEAN REID
JOE REIFER
STEVE ROSENBLUM
DIRK ROSLER
WILLIAM SCHNEIDER
JOHN SEXTON
EOLAKE STOBBLEHOUSE
CHANTAL STONE
KEN TANAKA
OLAF ULRICH
CARL WEESE

13 Comments:

Blogger Donncha said...

Happy birthday to all of you! My own photoblog turned 1 back in October and I can't believe I've managed to post there every day.
All of you at TOP produce a great site that I've enjoyed so much, I find it hard to believe you're only a year old!

Donncha

9:16 AM  
Blogger Nick Meertens said...

Congratulations! And thank you (and your co-posters) so much for all the informative, insightfull, inspirational and just plain funny posts!

9:19 AM  
Blogger Silent Rob said...

Congratulations, Mike and co-contributers! I've only recently begun reading TOP but enjoy it daily. Reading real, editorial-style, opinion-based news and stories is a refreshing and educational change from the usual gear reviews and technology updates. Cheers to many more years!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Albano Garcia said...

Congrats! and thanks for making the best photography website!

12:41 PM  
Blogger JeffH said...

Congratulations Mike! and Happy Birthday to the site! I really have enjoyed the wide variety of interesting articles on this site. I visit at least once a day to see what's new and read the posts. I will make a point to contribute again soon. Thanks again for the great blog.

Jeff Henderson

2:37 PM  
Blogger canfraggle said...

Congrats and well done to you folks!

3:32 PM  
Blogger Gordon said...

Happy birthday, Mike. I've been enjoying reading more about photography and less about cameras.

Here's to the next year!

4:02 PM  
Blogger mulacs said...

Happy Birthday ya'll. Long may TOP last, well done and thankyou!
@Gordon: Couldn't have put it better myself. Finally quit the photography trade this year (retail) and have not looked back. the industry can eat itself for all i care. Maybe!

Best TOP moment? got to be the Photographing Homeless People Banned episode. Still sniggering to this day.

Best regards
Calum

5:20 PM  
Blogger David C. Fox said...

MANY Happy Returns. whenever i'm reading TOP i forget about my missing issues of the 37th Frame. :)

5:33 PM  
Blogger chas3stix said...

Mike,
Congrats and looking forward to many years to come.
Chas

6:19 PM  
Blogger edward parish said...

Keep up the good work. I have had a photo blog over one year and find it very helpful in keeping me humble or in check, which I haven't decided which is better.

http://edwardparish.blogspot.com/

6:33 PM  
Blogger scotth said...

Congrats.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Boris said...

Congratulations, Mike. Salutations T.O.P. Ever since I knew of T.O.P. existence I read it every day. Hopefully it will get even more interesting and fascinating to read and to participate.

It's a pleasure to be able to read the articles of so many great people.

2:25 AM  

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