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The Christmas Skater – Sherwin Sleeves

Back in 2007 I spent a lot of time on the road for my day job.  I did the math once and discovered that I spent just over 250 nights in hotels that year.  Needless to say being on the road that much not only leaves you missing your family, it gets very boring, and gets boring quickly.  It was during that stretch of time that I discovered Sherwin Sleeves through the Ron & Fez radio show on what was at the time XM Satellite Radio.

Sherwin released a series of stories titled Atom’s, Motion and the Void which were great company when I was sitting in airports and on planes.  If you enjoy great storytelling I would strongly recommend you check it out, I promise that you will enjoy it.

One of the episodes in the series is a Christmas story told by Sherwin where he looks back on a long distant Christmas and how it relates to a tradition he has developed in his present day.  It is a very touching story and has become sort of a Christmas tradition in the Wood household.

I am embedding The Christmas Skater by Sherwin Sleeves, with his gracious permission, in this blog post and hope that you will take a little time over the next few days to give it a listen, I really do think you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Happy 4th of July 2013

Happy Independence Day everyone.  I have always loved the 4th of July and trying to get in as many fireworks displays as possible.  Oh yeah, the cook outs and what not are also a bit of a highlight.

Doggie Bliss

I can honestly say that I had no intention of going 11 days between posts here, and while Ursa might be in doggie bliss in this image, I have been absolutely hammered with both the day job and life in general.  I actually came very close to putting this over on my non-photo blog, but I liked the image so much I wanted to share it here.

The weather has been very nice over the last week or so and we have been spending a good deal of time doing yard work, and when you have a 2 acre yard, that can become quite a chore. :-)

This image was captured when we were getting a bunch of brush piled up.  We found a couple long since forgotten Ursa toys in the tall grass and the rest is history as they say.  For the record, the grass isn’t tall any longer. :-)

Why I deleted my Facebook Fanpage

I have had a Facebook fanpage for a long time, I set it up not too long after they were introduced by Facebook.  At first it was great, I would share something on the page and would get a lot of immediate interaction from those that had clicked “like” or that followed the page.  According to the Facebook stats, if they were to be believed, about 75% of those that were following my page saw my posts.  I never used my fanpage as a way to sell my work, it was simply a place where those that wanted to follow what I was posting could, and could also provide feedback and we could have electronic conversations about photography, as I said, it was great.

Since then, Facebook has implemented what they call “edgerank,” supposedly to help target your posts to those that interact with you.  Since edgerank went into play, I have seen a drastic reduction in the numbers of people who are even getting the chance to see my posts, it happend almost over night.  From that initial 75% view rate, it dropped down to about 5%.  Simply put, I was making posts that 95% of my fans and followers were never going to see, unless they specifically searched for my content.  Seems a bit crazy to me, someone who has indicated that they want to follow my updates and posts are not able to because Facebook deemed that they were not worthy to do so.  Never fear though, Facebook has a way for you to insure that those who follow you see your posts, you simply pay them per post to make your followers worthy of seeing your content.  I actually gave this a test, I promoted a post and sure enough, about 75% of my followers saw that post, worked like a champ.

Here’s the deal, I realize that Facebook needs to find some way to generate revenue, I am not against that at all, but I do have a problem with them in effect censoring my posts and deciding who of my followers is worthy to see my updates.  I would be more than happy to pay Facebook to promote certain posts to people who are not already following my updates, but I simply refuse to pay them for people who should already be seeing them.  It simply wasn’t worth the effort to maintain a page and post content to it that was never going to be seen, so my fanpage no longer exists.

I do want to point out though that this is based solely on my experience.  If you are a wedding, portrait, event or lifestyle photographer, I suspect that you get a great deal of traction out of your fanpage, when people can be tagged in an image and that image then shared with people who follow them, that is sort of like a snowball sitting at the top of a hill.  When you make images that typically don’t have people in them, that isn’t going to happen :-)

Does this mean that I am leaving Facebook totally? No.  I will still be posting stuff to my personal page.  Frankly, I have been getting better interaction there anyway, and isn’t that the whole reason for social media, to interact with others?  As for other social media sites, I am a lot more active on Google +, especially now that they have created the communities, and Twitter continues to be a mainstay for me.  I would highly encourage you to follow me on G+ and Twitter if you don’t already.

Just a little website update

I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know about a few changes I have made to the website.

In the past www.scottwoodphotography.com pointed to my SmugMug image galleries.  I had always intended this to be a temporary thing as this domain is much more suitable being the “parent” domain over everything.  When I moved the photoblog off of myblueheaven.com, I setup a domain scottwoodphotoblog.com to host it, that was also a temporary thing, and I am thrilled to say that all my domains are now where they belong.

www.scottwoodphotography.com is the “main” domain now.  The old scottwoodphotoblog.com still directs you to my blog, but I have setup scottwoodphotogallery.com as a homepage for my SmugMug account, but everything can now be reached from a single place.