hey sorry to bother you again, I've noticed my style of photography has been changing a lot recently and it's really affecting the amount of people that view my work. Do you have any advice?
First of all: Congratulations! Congratulations that you realized a change in the style of your photography. Not because one style is better than another, but because there was a change. Change is vital. A change means progress. A change means that you developed and evolved. That your view is now different than it used to be. And that is always a great thing.
And that even not matter if YOU or any other person like this “new” way better than the old way.
Whenever we learn something new, the “old” way is not lost. It is still there. You can always get back to that. It is like buying a new tool. You still have the old ones in your toolbox and can always get back to them, but you also have something new to work with.
And you changed your style for a reason. Sometimes the reason is not something you did consciously. Maybe you were just bored with what you did so far and wanted to try something new. Maybe you - as I mentioned - started to see other things. And that is always good.
I can only speak for myself, of course, but looking at the reactions of an “audience” is a double edged sword. Do they react the way you expect them to react? Well, that is a great thing. Because you obviously reached your goal. If they don’t react the way we expect them to (or hope for that they will) this can be indeed a downer. Sometimes reactions might be overly positive, which is thrilling and a great push. Sometimes reactions can be negative, which can be disheartening.
In the end, it all comes down to one single little thing: Expectations. If the reactions meet or exceed our expectations: Awesome. If they don’t… not so cool. So you have to ask yourself that one question: What do I want? What is the goal of my blog/my photography?
Please an audience or doing what _I_ want to do - what pleases me?
Reactions on the web (and especially on Tumblr) are unpredictable. I’ve been posting my own photos here for now more than four years. And not one single photo got the reactions I expected. Some photos that I almost didn’t post went “through the roof”, others that I considered to be “really good” and that I was really proud of hardly caught any attention at all.
People follow blogs for a reason: Usually because they like what they see there. Some people follow because they expect a refollow (or because they expect any other benefits) and don’t really care for your work. Which kind of followers do you want?
Post what YOU love, what YOU have fun with creating. Those people who like exactly that, they will find you. And these are the ones that will stick with your blog and will support you.
If your style changed, then the type of followers will change. Inevitably. But that will take a bit. The most important thing about this all is consistency. Keep on doing what YOU love. Interact with people, be part of this amazing community of photogs on Tumblr. And the followership of your blog, the attention for and the interaction with your photos will not only stay consistent but also grow.
(Edit: I thought this was sent to my personal blog :/ Damned combined inboxes. Please excuse, we usually don’t answer asks like these openly on PWS)