Thanks, Saturday is the ShootShroomsSaturday theme day on google plus so when I put up my Saturday Shroom shot I'll direct people here as a place to try out, I'll set something up here so they have somewhere to play, we'll see what happens, but like most things it will start of slowly then turn into a rush then taper off to a steady flow, But good to be in at the start and enjoy the ride.
Yes I have no doubt that it was tough going at the start but for now you have the upper hand, Flickr is no longer an issue to worry about in one way for you, That’s one way of fixing competition, buy them, As you said not to many saw that coming. but a lot think its for the better, so good luck on that ride. Yes most people expect everything for free these days same way they believe it it’s on the interest its free and thing they can take images, I have a paid web site, where I pay my subscription each year, the last year of so I've been some what slack at keeping it ticking over, really need to get back on to that sooner than later, I use to have a regular weekly blog ticking over but a few changes at work and other things slowed that down including the opportunity to start my own photography workshops, which is all but settled down, I’ll still in the process of preparing the last set of nots and presentations for an upcoming one, once that’s done I'll have some free time to get back to the blog, I do enjoy training others in the joys of photography and seeing how they progress, some keep in touch and its good seeing how far they have come, but a lot of people expect everything for nothing and don't apricate just what it takes to get something off the ground and the recourses and effort it takes to keep it going. Then theirs people like me and plenty of others that really do apricate what organisations and individuals like yourself do for us. I can trace back my growth in photography to google themes and a weekly theme that had me out every weekend shooting mushrooms and that constant shooting and practice got me to where I am today and still improving, from there its got me to run workshops which now pays for my toys, I'm not in it for the money as I've ran workshops for just one person, so as long as some ones interested I'll share what I know. You gain a passion for something and when it gets you there’s nothing that stops you, like your motorcycle forum, as you say you have 2 million hits per month and growing and others are losing hits or closing up all together so guess who's doing something right. The important thing through out it all is to have fun,Life is way to short not to enjoy it all and enjoy what you do, be if for a job or outside of work, usually easier said than done, but something to always consider. Thanks.