Your site isn't constructed to encourage feedback. There's no email link etc. on any of the article pages I looked at. You might want to use one of the free blogging applications that invites and manages comments.
I made a conscious decision in not including comments after posts. The web is full of blogs, and I just feel like that I don't need to be one of them. Just to clarify, I'm not expecting all that much interaction (be it by email or otherwise), but what I meant was that after posting some links to articles on other photography forums, not many have commented. This is the first time I explicitly ask for comments, previously I have just provided something to read.
Also the navigation isn't great, often clicking on the bottom of the pages doesn't lead the user to where they would expect to end up..
eg: http://www.henrik.paul.fi/articles.php?a=9 if you click on "opinon" at the bottom of the page you end up in basically a blank page. If the site is under construction, ask again when it's finished.
You are absolutely right there, and those tags at the bottom are kind of a nightmare for me, because I have not many ideas on how to improve that in a significant manner. It was meant to be a quick filtering kind of thing, but it's pretty much nothing at the moment. I'll surely give this more thought, maybe even scrapping them altogether.
As for content - if it has value to you, then keep writing, journaling is a valuable technique - although not necessarily valuable to others. You're competing with a large number of professional sites/blogs for "shelf space" - if your images aren't outstanding, then the content of your articles has to provide clear differentiation.
I know what you mean, but from my point of view, it's not competing per se
, just giving my thoughts to others, in the hope of they having some value to someone, some day, somehow.
Sorry if this comes across as overly critical, but I learned a long time ago, that if my motiviation and inspriation as a photographer depended on the acclaim of others I'd have given up long ago.
So the answer is YES, but in the context of managed expectations.
You don't have to be sorry, I asked for it, and received what I wanted - a straight answer. Sugar-coated answers are only unhelpful, at best.
I wouldn't say that my motivation and inspiration are linked to the feedback
I get. I would continue photographing regardless of the feedback, and I have other media for venting my writing urges. Writing thoughts down (in two languages) can be time consuming, so what I'm wondering is, is there any value of what I do to others? I'm not striving to be the next Luminous Landscape, I'm hoping to give someone something to think. I don't think I would continue writing for my own self - I already know my thoughts, opinions and ideas, so I don't need to read what I think.
That's why I asked for you (as a collective) to read and tell your thoughts - as a reality check.
Am I making sense?