Soapbox TimeThe strain of being Social
I can understand why +Trey Ratcliff
makes it a point to note that no company pays him and that he likes to stay neutral and why +Mike Shaw
needs to step back from everything from time to time. Apparently after uncovering some closed door comments this morning I am paid to write reviews, such as my two most recent ones (Netgear ReadyNAS Raid Box and the Asus Transformer Prime). On top of that, I apparently pay Google to be on their recommended user list.
All good information to know and certainly news to me. Just for clarification, I have never asked any company, including Google for anything...ever. The reality is that while I do enjoy giving reviews of products, I also have my likes and dislikes, such as using Android phones and tablets over an iPhone or iPad while still enjoying my Apple laptop and desktop. Such is life I suppose. I like giving people alternative options to the popular choices, such as the iPad or Drobo for a Raid box.
On top of this, I do find a little amusement in someone that only publishes their own photography work talk about my posts as self promotion or advertisements. I will let them in on a secret...you are self promoting every time you publish your own work. I know it is hard to believe...but it is true. Knowing that with a different approach to social networking as a photographer, this mindset towards my approach is not surprising...just disappointing.
I am not writing this with the intent to mention who or whom I am talking about nor to illicit any pity or sense that I am a "victim" of anything, but more so to vent a little. I am a big boy and I am just fine. I have just been insanely busy lately with +The Giving Lens
my Haiti organization (Lespwa Haiti) as well as my own photography business, so maybe my patience has worn thin. I leave for California tomorrow for a much needed break from the social networking black hole. Hopefully I can catch +Scott Jarvie
in Vegas for a good laugh and some grub. I hear the RIO has a killer Sea Food Buffett ;)
"When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence."