Friday, September 20, 2013

A Random Linky and Then Some

The other day I was browsing through my recent flickr feed and noticed something unusual on one of my photos - a couple of non-English comments by men I didn't know. This has happened a few times, and at least now I know what it probably means. My photo made flickr-explore.
Vintage Pencil Case This happens at the most unexpected of times - and rarely on the projects where I think I hit it out of the ball park. Just random shots of every day projects, like my Vintage Pencil Case. For a numbers person like me, it makes me curious about the stats. Do you know you can see stats for your photos on flickr? This pouch, in three days, became THE TOP most viewed photo in my history of being on flickr. What the? It's all a mystery really. But now I'm curious. What's YOUR most viewed flickr photo ever? I'm curious enough to ask you to link it up at the bottom of this post! {If you need help finding your flickr stats . . . In flickr, click on 'You' in the upper-left corner. Move your cursor down and select 'Stats'. Under either column of most viewed photos, select 'All photos and videos'. Then finally click 'All time views' and there you go. You can click through on your photo then and grab it's link to link up below. CORRECTED TO ADD: I didn't realize this may only work if you have Flickr Pro - but others seem to be finding theirs so good luck finding yours! Thanks!}

Ok, on to other randomness . . .

The other night I needed to know what thread color to order so I could finish quilting my current project - see that Kona Olive bordering the improv blocks?
quilting detail on improv blocks Thankfully over on Instagram, Amy/During Quiet Time was able to make a recommendation. What I needed that night was a Kona-Aurifil conversion chart, which I was later able to find at Follow That Thread. Does anyone know of other conversion charts for solids and threads you use regularly?

Hopping around through Bloglovin', I came across Katie/Swim Bike quilt's very useful '25 Free Motion Quilting Ideas.' A few of the designs I've tried before, but several I haven't, so it's a fabulous resource. And this was only the first installment - two more to come.
25 Free Motion Quilting Ideas SwimBikeQuilt 1024x1024 25 Free Motion Quilting Ideas: Part 1
Photo by swimbikequilt; used with permission.

I was in absolute awe when I saw Susan/PatchworknPlay's neutral City Sampler blocks! She's using creams, greys, and blacks to make the City Skyline layout for her son. Won't this be terrific?!
Photo by PatchworknPlay; used with permission.

Not sure what possessed me, but I joined a mini quilt swap sponsored by Kristi/schnitzel and boo. If you're interested, sign up here by 9/23 at midnight. There's also a flickr group here. The mail deadline is Friday, November 15, so that gives us a little time.

And (almost) lastly, don't forget that next week is selfish sewing week, sponsored by Rachael/imagine gnats and Jill/Made with Moxie! I'm really hoping to finish up a couple of "must-do's" before then and be able to do at least a little selfish sewing! I bet you'd like to do that too?
 

Linking up with Random Thursday.

33 comments:

Vera said...

I see no Stats. It might not be there for the free version. No idea. Love the pics you showed.

Annabella said...

Nice post Debbie full of lots of interesting tid bits. I love your improv. and yes, Susan's city sampler is stunning! And in the spirit of playing along,here's the link to my most viewed photo on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/58545519@N05/8430665924/stats/ One of my photos got 'explored' and again it seemed totally random!

cheeky monkey said...

I have never had a look at my stats on flickr. Interesting what people are looking at.

Lynz said...

Wow. My most viewed has nearly 3 times the views of my second! Interestingly, my top 6? All were made for other people. *g*

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22953000@N06/6059824066/

Kelly said...

My top Flickr pic was for a quilt made mostly of brown - oh the irony! ;-)

RaspberrySunshine said...

Pretty cool! I never thought to check out views of my work. Of course I want people to look, but never knew we could see an actual number LOL!
Have a great weekend :)

joanne said...

I'd seen the stats, but never looked at most viewed!! I'm quite surprised. I thought a geranium top in Posy fabric that got loads of comments would be my most viewed!!

Patchwork and Play said...

Thanks for the inclusion in today's post Debbie! And congrats on your Explore! My 'most viewed' also lives with someone else, made for a swap! I really must make another Feathered Star, one day!

Paula said...

Love your improv quilt. I love making that sort of block myself. Thanks so much for the link to the Aurifil Kona conversion chart. As I order pretty much all my fabric and thread online it's great to have this to supplement my colour cards. I couldn't find Stats on my Flickr either but I've not been using it very long so it was easy for me to scroll through the activity on my photos pages and pick the one with most views

Katy Cameron said...

Apparently it's going to take a few days to build my Flickr Stats o.O Still, good to know there's that many views *ahem*

Swedish Scrapper said...

Thanks for the random links-- very useful! I still don't get why some pics are more popular than others, but I think it is interesting to check out sometimes :) Congrats on you Explore!

Leanne said...

I love Susan's quilt, I think I am going to do something similar with those blocks. I think your photo is a really interesting view and very nicely taken as a photo too - I can see why photographers love it too.

Lorna McMahon said...

It took me a minute to figure out how to show the number of views on my flickr feed. Did not have the options as you outlined. After clicking on YOU, I chose RECENT ACTIVITY. Then clicked on Activity on my photos. Thanks for the link up. A very interesting post. Nice to see everyone's latest works!

Katie B said...

Thanks for the Kona/Aurifil link!

(I had to do what Lorna did too. Think it's a little different if you're not Pro.)

Kate said...

Ooh, I really like the thread conversion chart - thanks for the link! My postage stamp quilt beat out Swoon by a mere twenty looks. Of course, I can't figure out the links from an iPad app, but I'll get it up later today.

Marci Girl said...

I love your linky today, that is a great one! Boy those City Sampler blocks are great!!! So much going on in this post, don't know what to talk about! LOL

Marci Girl said...

Oh and seriously, look at the number of views on my #1 photo...what the what? CRAZY!

Heather D. said...

I'm NOT a big flickr user at all, but my most viewed photo happens to be of my triple zip pouch!

Chandra said...

Thank you for this post, I didn`t realize I failed to import my photos properly when I moved from my own domain to wordpress.com! I want to have selfish sewing next week, so no mini quilting for me!

Rumeysa said...

Thanks for this post Debbie. This is the first time I check my Flickr stats. Patchwork Ribbon is my most viewed photo :)

allierae said...

My top viewed has a ridiculous number of views for me but I can't find it on explore. Weird.

For those of us without pro, go to your profile and then click the 3 dots in the top right corner, scroll down to popular and then you can see your most popular by number of views, favorites, comments, etc.

wipgirl said...

I think my photo only has so many hits by virtue of having been online for so very, very long - I think it is one of the first photos I put up on flickr in 2006 (though it's of pillows I made a few years before that)!

Katherine said...

Ironically, I recently had 2 of my photos "Explored"... one of them happened to be the first paper pieced pencil case I made for the Zakka along!
Same experience, I didn't know why I was receiving congrats on those 2particular photos from men for being on Explore (I did figure it out and like you thought it was a really random thing). Kinda cool, though.

Congrats to you!

capitolaquilter said...

fun post. My xPlus top was on Explorer a couple of weeks ago and kind of freaks me out with over three thousand views in a short time when I normally get double digits. My fabric stash in July was a surprise. It happened a few times when I first started back in 2011 and I thought I'd been spammed with comments from strangers. BigHugeLabs Scout can find them and make a mosaic.

Lisa in Port Hope said...

That was fun! I didn't know I could see the list in one place...I was at 344 on the linked photo, from before I made my blog, I'm curious how much I will add this week.

Tina Craig said...

That was a fun exercise! Mine was a pouch, too. Glad to see it was the cutest pouch I've made. I see it in swap collages quite often.

dirtyard designs said...

That was such a good idea about Flickr stats. Thanks! It is soooo weird to me the one with the most views. It's just a poor shot of a quilt top but must've been in a group or something. Thanks again!

Yvonne@thatssewcreative said...

You were so right, I love the neutral city blocks. Maybe I could just do some neutral with pops of color. I really love your pencil pouch too. It was fun linking up.

Julie Pickles said...

I was surprised at which one of mine was the most viewed, until I remembered it made Jeni Baker's list of Friday Favorites! I totally expected Mod Pop to be #1, it's is #2 though!

Jess @ The Elven Garden said...

I find the whole explore thing really strange - my forest qal feathers block made it and had a ridiculous number of views - and it was a horribly lit night time photo. Yours is a great photo though!

Mara said...

I use Aurifil 5016 for Kona Olive and it works great, off to check out the flickr stats, lol.

Amy DeCesare said...

I dropped my Pro status on Flickr but used Flickr DNA to see which of my photos has made Explore. The zakka sew alongs have been featured a lot, and my most viewed was the Bell Peppers, with 4,998 views...by far the most for me! Fun to see what is selected.

Kristi said...

Thank you so very much for including my swap info in your post! :)If I was at all tech-savvy, i'd go figure out the Flickr thing, but I think it's out of my comfort zone. I think it would probably be my scrappy trip-along quilt, though.