Since the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan on 11th March, I have written two blog articles requesting support and donation from my readers for the victims of this unfortunate disaster, I am sad to report that I am truly underwhelm by the response so far.
The two posts together have only received 311 hits so far, and that was despite putting prominent links to them on my 3 most popular blog pages. Out of those 311 hits, only 8 persons have responded by leaving a comment, and out of those 8 persons, 5 have confirmed that they have made a donation.
At my top 2 most popular blog posts, Camera and Lens Street Price List for Hong Kong and Recommended Camera Shops in Hong Kong, I regularly get a lot of questions there requesting my help on equipment prices, shopping advise, buying advise, camera choices etc, etc. Since my two blog articles requesting support and donation for the victims of this disaster, I have categorically asked 11 persons who have left question at those 2 pages asking for my help to visit my recent blog articles requesting support and donation. Sadly, none of them have responded at all!
My personal believe has always been that the majority of photographers around the world are good people, that are all willing to share and help those in need. Therefore, I have all along gladly given free advise and help to many people around the world who visited this site. As a consequence, I have accidentally build up a large audience. In times of need and turmoil, like the recent disaster in Japan, I was hoping that I could leverage the power of this site to pass the message of hope and support to the victims.
Perhaps I am just too naive. It seems that just because I was willing to give free help to others does not mean they will give back anything to the world in return.
Most of these people are certainly not poor by any standard. Many have bought and were considering buying expensive cameras and lenses. As I have suggested in my last blog post, even a small donation (of say 1,000 yen) would go a long way if enough people will donate. 1,000 yen is barely enough money to buy a cheap UV filter, but it seems that almost all my readers were unwilling to give.
I am seriously considering whether I should continue this site as it is now. I feel that I have wasted my time and energy helping people who did not really need or deserved my help. Perhaps I should channel my time and energy into helping those who really need and deserve my help from now on…………………….