I remember I was quite offended at the time. It was fairly soon after I started my blog in 2014.
Thanks for following my blog. I suppose your blog is an intelligent kind of spam based on the wish of bloggers to let their ego develop on the net.
I have respect for your intelligence and wish you good luck.
(Kind thanks to drwilly of drwillylip.wordpress.com for a most excellent insult)
I came to realise, It’s actually a reasonable comment. A reasonable question to ask oneself. Sometimes criticism may seem harsh, but, it can be some of the best advice one will ever receive.
It’s a question I ask myself when I’m writing or sharing – is what I’m creating enriching people’s experience of life, or am I just creating “Intelligent Spam” ? Am I sharing something people wouldn’t normally see ? Am I distributing information which is interesting ? and so on.
I guess the answer is – it’s subjective, kinda like “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I’m FOREVER amazed at what people find interesting and engaging, and in a totally good way. You wouldn’t believe how diverse people’s interests and passions are. In photography for instance, it might be a spider on a spider’s web, or a motorcycle, or a wrinkly old man, which catches someones eye, and they find *real* beauty there. It might be just day-to-day stuff, like things breaking down as they always do (like leaky water filters).
It’s hard choosing which are “the best” out of a 200-300 photos from a “photoshoot”. Yes of course with multiple shots of virtually the same thing one can choose the best one (although with 30 photos of the same thing it’s tough) – out of focus, motion blur, pushing lens beyond it’s ability, photobombers, etc – there’s many factors, and it ends up being quite hard work to narrow it down to even just 75 photos, even harder to 5-10 photos, and then even harder from the full 300 to 1. And even then I still ask myself – are these the right photos ? – did I omit something amazing and beautiful, a photo that would have been highly cherished by someone, somewhere ?
I still don’t know – advice from more pro than I am photographers, on how they do it would be appreciated 🙂
I’ve watched Tony and Chelsea Northrup’s shows on YouTube where they let their audience upload their own photos based on a theme. Then the Northrups review them, give tips etc. But usually, after a while, I see that look on their faces, I know that look, because it’s the same look on my face after looking at 100s of photos – I no longer feel able to decide, like too many decisions in too short a space of time, fried brain.
Is it just a case of pushing though it, and on the other side, one becomes better at it ? Or, is it time for a break, have a coffee or tea, come back to it later ?
Perhaps others can see parallels in their creative processes
Anyway, It’s a triple topic post … So …
If you’re up for more “intelligent spam” or whatever you think I create, from myself, I do also syndicate out to other social media (which might be a more preferred platform for you), so here’s the links :
Twitter – https://twitter.com/don_charisma
Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/doncharisma.org/
Facebook account – https://www.facebook.com/don.charisma.doncharisma
Tumblr – https://doncharisma.tumblr.com/
Blogspot – https://doncharisma.blogspot.com/
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/doncharisma/
LinkedIn – https://uk.linkedin.com/in/doncharisma
YouTube2 – https://www.youtube.com/user/DonCharismaTV
My “work” site – https://DonCharisma.com
I also try and keep those links on my Gravitar – http://en.gravatar.com/doncharisma … so should be possible to find the same links here.
Mostly I don’t log in very often to those other platforms (Twitter is utter madness – I call it Shitter), so best to click back to my main site – https://DonCharisma.org (for leaving comments etc).
Here on WordPress.com feels more like home than anywhere else for putting creations out into the world. And I’m glad of the lovely people around me, who are sharing this journey, with me.
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