Public v2.0 of My new G+ Resolution (like New Year's but everyday!): Reaching Out.I will attempt to personally engage with more photographers on a regular basis.
With G+ growing so quickly, especially among artists & photographers, it's easy to get overwhelmed, tune out, just +1 everything that comes up on my screen, and never really get anything out of the G+ experience except some (really, really) pretty photos on my stream.
There are just so many people doing so many wonderful things I want to see, so many great photographers, that it's difficult for new folks to stand out. +1's are great, but if that's all we regularly do, that's not really engaging at all. It does nothing to help me understand the person behind the post. With such rapid growth in this community, I think it's going to be those willing to reach out, person-to-person with others on their streams who are going to make G+ what it should be, what it's meant to be.
We've all heard the back & forth, especially w/ +Trey Ratcliff
's post about some preferring +1s over repetitive comments and why he likes the engagement of comments over +1s. I was of two minds on this until just this week when my G+ started blowing up w/ 100+ new people adding me, rocketing me up to nearly 400 followers (hi! I'm working on checking out profiles, and I'm glad to meet you.) Nowhere near the numbers of the "big names," but still enough to overwhelm considering it took me 4 years
on facebook to build my friends list to that level. I'm not a big name in social media or photography, and I tend to work behind the scenes on campaigns, so this level of networking for myself
is a bit new.
I'm not one of the most prolific posters... as a freelancer in politics, most of my time is not my own. Catch me around November 2012, and I'm likely to try to outsource my sleep. Anyone w/ their own business understands this. So I'm hoping to make the most of my posts while getting engaged in others' as well.
P.S. Sorry to those who've seen this twice and commented on the other one. I meant to post publicly & accidentally limited it. Absent a way to edit visibility, locking the other one & reposting publicly was the only workaround I could find.