As an artist and a photographer there is no doubt that sharing my work, my passion and my knowledge helps define who I am. However the reason I am a photographer is because of my love for capturing and preserving various moments of life from all over the globe...not because I want to be famous. Too often I see photographers step away from the reasons they originally got into photography and instead fixate on the popularity game when it comes to being active on social media. Instead they fixate on their followers numbers or their anger that the guy/girl next to them is more popular then them.
The purpose of social media and social networks at their core is simply to provide the possibility and potential for interaction with other individuals from all over the world. Nothing more...nothing less. It doesn't matter if you are on G+, FB or Twitter to market your business or just find inspiration, that core principle doesn't change. It is the "social" aspect of the "social networks" we all choose to be apart of. Don't let your EGO get in the way. Don't play the "popularity contest" game. As a photographer or an artist, this fixation will take you away from your passion for the art. Instead enjoy the fact that today, you have the potential to connect with more people around the world then ever before...and tomorrow...there will be more then today. Get to know the followers you have, strike up conversations and take the time to engage your community as it is.
Thanks to +Ken Kaminesky for sharing this graphic with me :)