I appreciate that the move to G+ was annoying to a lot of regular readers – some who have been reading this blog in one form or another for years. I also admit that I’m still not sure what the difference is to the reader / viewer between something I post on G+ or in my own blog. Did my writing style change? Uhm… okay, maybe a little.
No, I think the difference is the sense of community being so WAY WAY different in the two venues. I think that I stumbled over the explanation just now when I used the word venue.
The personal blog, remains just that – personal. It’s like a tiny hole-in-the-wall blues club. You see the same people over and over. It’s funny, because really what makes the difference is not what I write or post – but the sense of the smaller circle that hang out here.
Posting on G+ can garner hundreds of responses. As a content producer, there’s the incentive to post to everyone you can. You have a popularity meter on the left side and if you can turn that popularity into another fiscal stream – or if you might show a potential customer that you are liked by so many people that your art must be good. It’s a big loop that feeds on itself and you don’t just jump out of it when you are working to market yourself.
Someone asked me once whether I would post and push with the social network thing if I didn’t think there was some potential to use it to support myself. Answer – and I think you’d be surprised by this – but if I didn’t need the money – I’d have a very different blog, probably not even about photography.
If I didn’t need the money, I might not even sell my photographs at all.
And the proof of that – is that for the first five or six years when I was producing some of my best work – Poets Walk, Night Storm etc. I didn’t even show them to friends and kept them in boxes. If a lump of money came my way now – I think I’d do a photographic project – and then spend the time to create a fine art book with writing and hopefully good images. Not an ebook. Not a Print On Demand book. But I’d probably drop off the internet map for a while, maybe six months, and do my writing in private which is an entirely different thing than writing daily posts like this.
So money – or the lack of it – is behind many of the moves that I’ve made.
At any rate, I do notice that I have a sense of writing more honestly and openly in my own blog – but why that should be… maybe because it’s easier to communicate with you in the small blues club than in the cavernous Madison Square Garden.
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I’ve just made a pretty dramatic change to my G+ settings: you will need to be in one of my circles in order to comment. That seems to be necessary to control what seem to me to be way too many inane comments. Yes – inane.