Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It's not all about the art.

Sometimes I think the goal is to make a great emotionally packed image and sometimes I don't. If it was all about the perfect photo then why are we sharing on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and Google+? These are all social media sites aimed at connecting people with like interests. People you know and people you don't know…yet.

I recently received in the mail a very special print from +Me2. It is my favorite image of his (amongst many) and I will cherish it for many years. He is someone I wouldn't even know existed if it wasn't for this amazing thing we call the internet. This past weekend I went out photographing with good friends, all of whom I have met through the power of social media. A few weekends ago I met a couple of lovely Instagramers from a town three hours away and because of mutual interests became fast friends.

Suffice it to say, my life is filled with new, old and future friends met through my interactions on multiple social media platforms.

I may not be able to sell a photograph to save my soul, but I know my life is all the richer for the friends and connections I have made all over this planet. My only goal now is to make enough money so I can take a world tour and meet everyone in person.

Now that would be a gift of inconceivable value.

What is most important to you as you play on your various social media sites? 
Why are you participating? 
What does it mean to you?

~ xxsjc

Now if only Me2 would drop by the blog soon, I am starting to get maudlin. I dread how far I might sink tomorrow  


  1. I've enjoyed meeting you and the various other people I've met through our Lego photography on Instagram. I originally became involved with social media because my editors/publicists said it was how authors sell books these days. But there's nothing I hate worse than people on these sites shilling their work. My goal is to add value to people's day, through a story or a commentary, or by pointing them in the right direction if they're looking for information.

    1. I agree with you Lyn 100%! It's a fine line between promoting your work and trying to be a contributing member of your community. Lately I think I have been veering towards the annoying side of the coin. I admire anyone who can walk the tightrope of social media well.