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Marty Cohen
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Photographer, Retired Pediatrician, Tech Gadget Lover
Photographer, Retired Pediatrician, Tech Gadget Lover

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After entering the main door to the Point Sur lighthouse, there is a spiral staircase that leads up to the top where the light and lenses are housed. The old brick walls are beautiful. 
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Happy Mother's Day
To all the wonderful Moms our there...
Photo: Masai Mara Kenya #mothersday   #giraffe   #africa   #kenya  
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An Opening in the Clouds
Most of our days in Kenya and Tanzania (2009), we had very few clouds (much to my photographic dismay). On the day of this image, however, it was cloudy and as we traveled along, there was an unusual oval opening in the clouds illuminating the savannah below. #kenya   #africa   #savannah  
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Be Yourself... everyone else is already taken!

Navigating the choppy waters of social media is full of complexities, and many times the currents take you to places you never expected. But sometimes there are places you'd love to visit, but can't seem to get there. You try your hardest, but somehow never make it to the cool kids' table.

http://goo.gl/hnkkQh

Please take a moment and click through to the original post from +DeShaun Craddock because he really hit the nail on the head with this one.

This is one of the best posts on the subject I've read in a long time! I applaud his raw honesty, which is so often absent in conversations of this type. He boldly attacked the status quo, which is something that has probably been on a lot of peoples' minds, but which few have the courage to address. Having observed the progression of the SUL here on this network, I believe that although there may be some mathematical algorithms at work, there is also a healthy dose of favoritism as well. Yes, the cool kids get the most attention, and only a few of them actually take the time to pay it forward and use their popularity to expose other lesser-known artists to a larger audience.

He raises some very relevant points, but to which I don't believe we will see any significant answers anytime soon. The platform is constantly evolving, and not always in a way that makes sense. While I'm definitely grateful for everything this community has done for me in the last couple of years, I agree that it's flawed in the approach used to encourage additional engagement. 

There are dozens of users with more than a million followers, who have the power to heighten awareness, and raise issues designed to spark conversations about evolution and change on the platform. But with regard to the missing rotation at the table, only a handful actually invest time and effort to spread the word about those who are struggling to be noticed, even though their work is remarkable (and no one is seeing it). +Robin Griggs Wood and +Jake Johnson are at the top of my (personal) list of passionately proactive participants, who regularly use their popularity to empower and educate those with fewer followers. But more than simply sharing knowledge, their mentoring includes moral support designed to gain confidence in your own work (regardless of who sees it, likes it, or doesn't like it). And although she's not in the million+ club (yet), someone who I highly regard for her constant promotion of those she deems worthy of attention +Sandra Parlow always brings new Art into my stream, sometimes from people with only a couple hundred followers. 

Follower count in and of itself is irrelevant, unless accompanied by engagement. Having a million people who never plus or comment or share is pretty much just fluff. But having a hundred true believers who attempt to understand your work, ask questions, actively participate in conversations... You can't put a price on that! That is the holy grail of social media, figuring out your particular niche, and building your tribe around your core beliefs. Yes, having a ton of followers helps you spread your message. And sure, some opportunities only present themselves once you've achieved critical mass, and are recognized in a larger forum. But for me personally, while I'd love to have more people see my work and join my tribe, I'll always choose quality over quantity, because the people who want to be there will always have a louder voice than those who simply added you as part of some shared circle or daily trend.

What do YOU think about getting the most out of your G+ experience? I'd love to hear your opinions; but do me a favor, and click on over to DeShaun's post to continue the conversation. I'll disable comments here, so we can all have a chat over there. Thanks!


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This is another image from our journey to East Africa. I processed this image differently from the previous Masai Woman and her Baby photo.  I gave this image a muted tone because I felt it expressed the softness of the women's appearance, which is how I experienced them in person. #kenya   #amboseli  
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A Preschool in Al Haouz, Morocco
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The Milky Way Over the Sahara Desert
One of the most wonderful experiences of our trip to Morocco was two nights of sleeping out under the stars in the Sahara Desert.
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Tiles - Fes, Morocco
These tiles were stacked up against a wall at a tile and pottery workshop in Fes. The natural lighting from above was perfect and helped me make this image.
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The Potter in Morocco
While in Fes, we visited a pottery and tile shop that had many artistic staff creating pottery, tiles, mosaic table tops and fountains. It was interesting to see them work and their creations where really beautiful. This potter’s wheel was operated by foot power.
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Surfing in Rabat
Rabat, capital and second largest city in Morocco is at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. We took a walk along the shore in Rabat after lunch. There were buildings there with walls painted the beautiful shade of blue that we saw all over Rabat. Given that it’s at the coast and there’s a nice beach there, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when we came upon this surfboard resting on the wall waiting to be taken for a ride.
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