Reflection in the Mist

Just saw the statistics of this blog: last night two mile stones the first being 40,000 views (excluding the bloggers who scan through the WordPress Reader) and 1000 likers!!!

And it was misty early this morning …

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Me and social media; what about you?

EscapeThere are ‘those’ who are sending continuously their ‘where-about’ and ‘personal experience’ messages into cyberspace via a multitude of social media like Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. I’m not a favourite of opening my ‘well-being’ or ‘not-so-well-being’ plus my ‘where-abouts’ to the whole world. I’m a bit of a cyberspace hermit in that regard but I do see the value of sharing my pictures with the world and if you can ‘read’ pictures and between text lines you might get a bit of a glimpse of me. And that is fine.

_DSC2596_598_599_600_601_tonemappedI must also admit that I am very lazy and lazy-ness in my case results in efficient use of social media. Every time I post in this blog it’s automatically shared on my Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and (only if I want to) Facebook accounts. I rarely check my Tumblr and LinkedIn accounts but it’s a nice ‘niche’ to have as well. Once or twice per week I add one of more pictures to my Flickr account and almost daily I schedule my Tweets 10 to 100 days ahead with SocialOomph (meaning that I schedule a link to a blogpost with one click of the mouse) resulting in 50 to 100 repeating tweets daily. I do this since the discovery of SocialOomph a few months ago and it resulted so far in 4- t0 5-hundred new followers without having to follow others myself…. 😉 Another nice tool is Begware (just google); the free account allows you to automate retweets of up to 20 followers. And if these start to retweet your tweets the ‘snowball’ slowly gets bigger and bigger.

_DSC2126_45_50_fusedThe social medium most ‘intensively’ used by me is Facebook (although on FB I’m having a break until the beginning of January). And where I spend most time on FB is the ‘personal messages’ page where I and some FB-friends I personally know chat a bit every now and than). Bloggers/mutual followers on wordpress I also follow (also mutual) on FB are Leanne Cole, Andrew Harvard, Wendy McDonald, and Rabirius. A few of them also tweet.

blendedlandscape8HOWEVER I do have the feeling that more of my followers are on more social media than WordPress alone. Follow/like me on Twitter and FB and I will follow/like you. ‘Retweets’ do work on Twitter is my recent experience as do ‘likes’ on FB.

My Twitter account: @Greencathedral

My photography page on Facebook (abstract/surrealism): https://www.facebook.com/GreenCProductions (very recently started up next to my personal page)

SunsetBlendMy Flickr page is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/110355146@N05/

Thanks to all …

… as this blog just passed the 20000 visits mark. That is excluding the bloggers who read my submissions via the WordPress Reader.

Most of the visits are traced back to the Americas (>50%), South Africa and neighboring countries account for approx. 20 percent as does Europe. The rest is from where-ever!

Thank you all!

As Dutch (especially in South Africa) always say it with flowers here is a symbolic one for you all and it originates from the area I live in (Overberg region, Western Cape, South Africa):

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My Choice

I don’t reblog the beauty of others on this blog for I want to keep it to myself. But…. I see so many beautiful pictures of others that I really would like to share with the world.

That’s the reason I started an additional blog with ‘my choices’ or photographs/postings of other bloggers. “MY CHOICE” is the name of this blog and it’s my window to the world out there.

Personally I think that some photo’s get far too many likes (including ones I post) and others far too less. The general taste rarely goes beyond the average snapshot(-like) picture or like an extra-ordinary one because of the (PR) story with it. Not too far from the place I live is somebody with a camera with front shutter who publishes his pictures on one of the social networks. Every now and than this photographer has trouble with sand or dust that influences the shutter times etc. resulting in blurred images, sometimes partly over exposed and so on. These images are accompanied with stories a ‘normal’ human being won’t believe but the ‘sheep’ do and his pictures are getting the ‘likes’. He ‘elevated’ himself to ‘Art Photographer’ … well that’s fine with me… 😉

There is plenty of real talent out there; yet to be discovered. This new blog is a homage to all those undervalued photographers and bloggers. Indeed …. I am jealous of you guys!!! An old African proverb says that “Jealousy is an ungranted tribute” but I’m Dutch in South Africa and that’s different… 🙂 🙂 🙂