10.27.2011

exposure

Does modesty still exist?  (No, I'm not talking about clothes. But do keep reading.)
I'm not really one to "toot my own horn" as the saying goes.  Case in point: Nearly everyone at my church had no clue that I could play guitar until we hosted an OAFC weekend last month and I played guitar during the Sunday services.  I don't brag about or flaunt my abilities.
Or do I?  Yes, there is a difference between modesty and shyness.  Consider this though: You might not verbally share something about yourself, but does that stop you from posting or Tweeting it?  When you think about it, everything you put out there is something you think is important enough for the "whole world" to know.
This train of thought leads me to social networking for businesses.  Self-promotion, more specifically.  Sure, making face-to-face connections with potential collaborators and clients it still the best way to promote your business.  But online social networking is now a given for businesses and freelancers who want to stay on top of things.  It's a new and convenient way to make connections.
The question floating around in my mind is this: How do you balance self-promotion and modesty?  Is this even possible?  Are modesty and humility still traits to be proud of?  How many times can you post something about yourself or your business before you come across as being arrogant, prideful, and annoying?
I ask again, does modesty still exist?




10.26.2011

vanish

Stupid artistic insecurities.
I don't like how you pop up out of nowhere.
The smallest things set you off.
I don't like you, insecurities.
Go away and don't come back.

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” - Carlos Casteneda


10.20.2011

back

It's been a while since I've written on here.  Nearly a month.  And I can tell.  Writing helps me stay balanced and focused.  I get a bit scatterbrained when I don't take the time to sort out my thoughts and write.  I do want to continue writing on here from an introspective point of view, but right now I'm kind of just free writing and dumping my brain.

I'm still plugging away at starting a business.  Had a photo shoot last week and have another coming up next week which means things are certainly picking up.  But my computer died and I had to buy a new one, so that doesn't help any with my income and expenses.

Sometimes I wonder if starting a business would be easier if I lived in a bigger town or a different state.  Is it normal to try to start a business in a podunk town like this one?  But I would probably have more competition if I lived in a bigger place or one more attuned to photography and creative pursuits.  Competition isn't necessarily a bad thing though.

I get frustrated with online social networking.  I know it's a good way to gain "followers" and drum up business, but does it really work?  Do people really pay attention to it?  Taking time to post things for my business and then for myself personally seems frivolous, time-consuming, and redundant.  I know there are other ways to get the word out, but I'm no social butterfly and find small talk boring, so it's hard to make myself employ those other strategies.

Another thing about social networking: it gets annoying.  People post stupid, meaningless things, complain about others complaining, take it all way too seriously, or say things that should be kept private.  That's another peeve: everything is so public and open for everyone to see.  I know there are settings and whatnot for what gets shown to who, but it can still be overwhelming.  For instance, consider relationship statuses.  A break up is painful enough to deal with personally in real life and seeing everyone's comments and input online doesn't make it any easier.  It's good to be honest and accurate with your information, but I don't like how people make it their own business to be involved in the business of others when they have no business being in their business.  (Did you get confused?)  Some people think there must be something majorly wrong if you don't list a relationship on Facebook.  Well that's their problem if they want to think that.  Not everyone wants to plaster their information all over the place so the whole world can see it.  What happened to privacy and decency?

I kind of miss my college classes.  I enjoyed challenging my creativity with the assignments and getting to interact with people who share my interests.  It's harder to do that when you're not required to be at a certain place at a certain time.  Time management.  Something I'm learning to do.

You know how you trust someone but then something happens, there's a hiccup or blip between y'all, and then you don't trust them like you used to, but you don't really tell them?  Do you ever wonder if they know?  If they suspect something has changed?