One of my photos made it to Flickr's Explore page!!
For those of you scratching your heads and saying, huh?, Flickr Explore is a page of the top 500 interesting photos uploaded to Flickr on a given day. 500 may seem like a huge number, but keep in mind that the number of photos uploaded by Flickr users across the globe numbers an average of 3 million on a daily basis. So to be in the top 500 is saying something.
Nobody really knows the precise things that land a photo into a particular position on Flickr Explore. It has to do with how many views and how quickly you get them and where they come from, how many comments and favorites you get and the timeframe within which those are posted, the number of groups in which you've placed your photo (too many groups = a very bad idea), and who knows what else. All these things can change your ranking as well.
Like I said, it's complicated. It involves algorithms and things far above and beyond my expertise.
As of right now, my photo is ranked #31. This could change (when I woke up this morning, it was #291), but for my first explored photo, this is HUGE.
And it humbles the heck out of me.
UPDATE @ 11:24 PST
The photo is now at #4. Holy moly!!