I decided I'd write this series (hopefully) of journals in hopes of shedding some (personal) light on what I think about certain aspects of social media.Although I deal specifically with photography in this entry, this really is applicable to any medium (in my mind).
My first is about a simple aspect, posting
. I have found various trends and patterns on how sporadically people post in my lifetime of social media (not that long). Slow down, don't post so much!!
One that I find extremely damaging to one's personal reception and status among social media is posting too much
. I see it all the time, among those I do and do not watch, you run out and take a nice set of photos, or get around to processing your backlog and all the sudden you have 10s or even 100s of new photos. The temptation to upload all your great photos is both a very real but also a very bad
Take it from me, I did it, when I first joined this site and I uploaded my very first photo and that first favorite came rolling in within seconds I was ecstatic. So what was I to do but continue uploading all my "great" photos and watch things come rolling in! I followed this trend for my first few months on this site and the other site I had gotten involved in (G+) and as I went along I slowly noticed a fallout of faves/watches/comments as I uploaded photos in batches. I realized why after I started to watch some artists not unlike myself. In the early parts of my involvement in social media I was fine with a lot of photos posted and even went to lengths to look at each, fave, and/or comment. At the time I had a lot
of time on my hands (one of the reasons I joined was that) but as I went along that amount of time began to be more thinly stretched. So when I have people posting 10s-100s of photos at any one time, regardless of their quality, the chances that I will look at all and more importantly (to me) comment
on them is increasingly unlikely. I realized that if you don't check dA for 10 days, from any one person, you should have 10 photos AT MOST
, preferably less. The same goes for me and anyone else, to put someone on the spot that I'm perfectly comfortable doing so merely on how good they are is Nelleke
. If you've spent any time on this site you've seen her work make its way around the front page and DDs on occasion. She has fantastic work and I mean nothing against her. However after watching her I was quickly flooded with photos, great photos don't get me wrong, however the fact that I'm now dealing with 10-30 photos at any one time is too much for me, especially when I have little emotional attachment to the person themselves (again, I mean nothing against her). On this basis alone I have un-watched some people and this will continue to take people off my list.
To give you an idea, I checked out the 4 popular (8hours) works on the front page, 2 out of 4 of the artists had posted within roughly a month, the 1 other had posted a week prior, and the last was the only one posting a lot recently. The majority of 'good' artists don't post a ton, most don't even have time.SHARE THE BEST, SAVE THE REST!!
Not only does this trend of too much take place but an equally damaging habit seems to possess some artists. That trend is similar work.
I see this all the time also, and it can hurt just as much. If you post 2 photos of the SAME
object from a very slightly different angle, I'm going to do one of two things, (1) pick one to fave and comment, or (2) delete both and forget about it. ESPECIALLY
when you post 2-15 photos of the same thing. Don't post it at the same time, even similar types, I won't deal with it. If you have two stellar photos of a very similar things, WAIT
to post both. Post one now, wait a while, post a few photos in between, then add the other. To me, the viewer, the perspective of the other is now gone to me, and now I have a new treasure to feast my eyes on. It's easier for me to view them as separate photos!
If someone is actually nice enough to waste their time dealing with your repeat photos you will find that you're now wasting your time replying to all of them.
So what's my point? What to take away from the time of your's I just wasted?
1. Life is short and time is swift.
Old saying but still relevant, people spending their time perusing the interwebs for your work is time, many adults spend their time here, they have full time paying jobs, they want to watch talented people and spend a few minutes on your work a day, a minute or two to check out your latest work and maybe comment. Same goes for students and most anyone, there's almost always something else
that they can be doing.
2. RESPECT PEOPLE'S TIME
. Including your's
, despite the saying of the first point it's still good to take a step back and take your time. Don't post the same thing 10 times and expect people to waste their time commenting/faving/viewing all of them. Don't waste your own uploading something that'll be received the same as everything else.
In summary, decide for yourself what you're looking for in social media. If you're looking for maximum feedback, (watches/faves/comments/etc), then don't post everything at once and don't post similar photos. If you're looking for a storage device and all that I've mentioned doesn't mean anything to you, don't worry about it, continue as usual, don't expect me or anybody to comment and fave every one but be grateful if someone does. It all depends on what you're looking for and what you expect from others.
This reflects my personal opinion, no one else's, some may agree and some may disagree, I'll discuss it if you're interested! I have no one in mind by saying this, and I've made these same mistakes so please
don't take offense to this!!
If this was helpful or interesting let me know and I will make a couple other journals on my opinions