My pro fee for flickr was paid for again this year. the gift was from the very same generous giftee from a year past. last year he additionally found me a used yet brand new replacement camera for my canon s90. my camera of choice. wow. right?? That was pretty amazing.
In the mail are some funds to assist me with shipping fees for a show I HOPE I am accepted into from the same patron. I find out mid-january.
What tremendous kindness!
Gestures like this really really help me. They nurture the creative in me. They gift me a sense of freedom around the costs of things in my life. Many of which most take for granted. Gifts like this make me feel understood.
Many know that I stretch and eek my way to my almighty dollar. i live on very little
how I manage baffles most.
What I wanted to write about is WHY FLICKR.
my commentary is nothing profound. simply. i really love flickr and am glad that I can be there.
founded in 2004, Flickr attracted a certain crowd in it’s beginnings.
much like any of these social media platforms
it was pretty exciting early on.
i was into the blogosphere in it’s early days. 2005 is when i began to explore it’s value for my work.
I found FB very creepy in 2007. and left it for 2 years after being maliciously stalked.
When I moved to a new community. FB was the way to do things. Much like how the www became a given thing. If I was going to be part of that community I needed to get back on FB. I eventually grew very fond of FB.
With this blog I applied my knowledge of social media pointing strategies or what i call circles of influence and began using Flickr to drive traffic here. to my blog
i still believe that this space is something I can call my own. a personal expression vs a social media expression.
after giving it some thought, many of those who know me here
were first directed to me because of flickr.
that says something.
I love the ease of use of flickr.
i love the visual/user experience of flickr
i like that flickr counts things
i have one image on flickr that has almost 70,000 views.
that sortof blows me away.
folks are more apt to comment on flickr vs a blog.
the community of sorts has an immediate feeling/interactivity to it
many engage faithfully. for that i am grateful.
i have collected imagery from around the world that inspires me, that gifts me pause and beauty. I really appreciate being able to do that on flickr
recently the new CEO wrote and shared that Flickr is struggling financially.
it made me wonder what i’d do without it.
i began poking around.
i am but a very very small fish in the flickr pond.
i am a nobody.
when i see how some are using flickr at a very high pitch
with very very high volume of images posted
and so so so much traffic
it makes me think…wow.
and they pay the same fee as I do??
if FB and Instagram can do it for free/without fees
whats different about Flickr?
and for those who use Flickr in high volume?
image storage? isn’t that super risky??
or is it strategic, like the way I utilize Flickr??
what about all the rif raf? all the raunch and smut?
what i like to call bottom feeders.
what about them?
I don’t have the answers
and i probably have a very narrow/small and perhaps naive perspective
BUT while I have Flickr. I am very glad.
Took these images the other day.
happy red panty days.
the black and whites are gritty.
my hair is the longest it’s ever been in my entire life
have no idea how i got the first two color shots.
happy accidents as they say
and happy holidays.