While it's not a subject I like to speak on, it's one that anyone who puts so much time and effort into something on social media feels strongly about...by Tess
I've seen and have been shown so many instances this past week... even up to this morning where people share info from me - and credit someone else, or themselves. Watermarked or not. The list of sales I shared on my blog post- someone cropped it off of their phone, and added their name to as their own and is circulating it in Face Book groups.
And yes, yes I know...On Sunday, it's pretty petty for me to bring this nonsense up in a world currently in chaos but must we lose all social graces too??
Let's talk - Photos. Ugh...the bane of my writings for years.
I take them. And share mine. Sometimes with a watermark when it is new..
Some I get from others. Sometimes I share with a watermark. Most times without.
I share not for any claim to fame Ha Ha ( Lord knows that's problematic) but to let people know I'm in this to share, help, maybe inspire you to step out of your day to day to try something new.
Someone said my blogging it's a distraction from my deep pain. Ya, no kidding.
But keep in mind, I'm not getting paid. I'm not under any contract. I'm not under any business obligation. I'm me. Here. Try this. Buy this. This is what I found. Etc. this is what I want to tell you.
I get sent photos and share. Some I'm careful about and don't share. It's not because I didn't love what you sent. But maybe your reflection was in it and you didn't know... I don't want anyone in trouble, and I am not asking anyone to get me photos to share.
I try to always give credit and - I will double check if it's a worker who sent the photo because no one needs to get fired over saying photo by (your id name —- )
I want others, men and women, to be built up, and feel supported. Share in the celebration of being social. To Grow Not be Torn Down. Not everyone feels that way.
When I shared a photo someone else took and it's making its way around social media and the original persons credit is getting removed, I make sure they get the credit they deserve. It's not about fame— it's about connectivity. We share so many parts of ourselves socially, this is only one small part...and it is important.
When I asked in last weeks Instagram poll about the blog being relevant and 50%+ clicked no and some sent messages how they just want info and nothing else - my first thought? Wow. How lazy to think that way. So busy in life you can't form any connection to anything but your own needs.
And for those with the mindset of: "Hey, it's public info and I don't need to credit anyone - she shouldn't share if she doesn't want it used." ( Said On Reddit about me) yep, that's true. But how would you feel if it was something YOU did. You shared. Nothing grand, just connectivity to something that made you happy in your life? Or what if everyone thought as you, and stopped sharing all together.
When I started opening up publicly years ago there were very few who did then. Now with Instagram, TicTock, YouTube, Twitter...eh, Facebook...Information is everything. And for those who still do this antiquated thing of archiving life...called blogs, Social media sites are only one part of the whole picture. We old bloggers use the photos as a way to draw readership back to the writings. And yes, this person of words still reads actual BOOKS...and Newspapers... I know, I know...shocking!
So when numerous accounts take your info, and photos and share them as a "fan" page...people will not come to see your page, and read you...when they can --- Just Get The Info Elsewhere. Building people up and their social media sites comes when they, too, share their likes, and loves of their life...not only yours.
So that was my rant for today...I have more info and photos to add today...but keep in mind... #sharingiscaring is a wonderful thing to post on these social sites as you share others work. We need to make sure we mean it when we do.
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