Facebook And The Art Of Shameless Self Promotion

"Back In The Day" (Click Photo To Vote)

“Back In The Day” (Click Photo To Vote)

Okay, this is the moment I’ve been waiting for.  After several years of dipping my toes in the current of social media I’ve arrived at a moment of truth.  It’s time for me to determine if this high tech voodoo will actually do something to help me in a little shameless self promotion experiment.  I’ve gotta tell you, my Facebook balance sheet has thus far been heavily out of whack to the negative.

I’m 53 years old, yet I voluntarily jumped right back into the hornets nest of adolescent social life.    There must be something virtuous about putting myself out there even though it reminds me of how awkward and unpopular I was in grade school.  There must be a reason why people I used to know in real life are now knocking on my virtual door and asking if I can come out and play games like Candy Crush Saga or Farmville.   There must be a life lesson in having to listen quietly and respectfully to the strong opinions of others over and over and over again and resisting the urge to “unfriend” them because I don’t want to hurt their feelings.  There must be an advantage to handing your face over to every facial recognition server in the world, to telling every government agency and terrorists organization all about your personal life.   Finally, there must be a reward for managing to adapt to the counterintuitive culture of Facebook.  It used to be that “Status” had to do with relationships.  Now we are expected to know that “Status” is FB code for what the rest of the world knows as a “Post”.  Why is Facebook trying to reinvent the wheel.  To make things even more messed up, when someone posts a “status” like “my dog died and I’m very sad”, people who are supposed to be your friends are hitting the “Like” button.

Understandably, I’ve probable offended a few folks here and cannot reasonably expect them to assist with my shameless self promotion experiment.  To the rest of you, please add a few debits to my Facebook balance sheet by clicking on each of these three photos and voting for them.  Your votes and yes your Facebook Shares will make it all worth while.

Question of the day:  Do you Love or Hate Facebook?  or both?

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“Prehistoric Paradise” Click Photo to Vote


“Super Moon Over Denver” – Click Photo To Vote

18 thoughts on “Facebook And The Art Of Shameless Self Promotion

  1. We all have to find some way to toot our own horn in this day and age. Sucks though. Thanks for this post. Really hit home with me.

  2. Reblogged this on THE LOCAL TOURIST – COLORADO and commented:
    For those of you who have been wondering, we are still alive and well and working hard. Lately, I’ve been quite active with my other blog ArtSpiritVillage.com. I am hoping to get enough votes on three Colorado Photographs to advance to the next round of a national contest. I’d love it if you would have a look.

  3. I love Facebook and Twitter and social media in general. And those people who you didn’t necessarily get along with in your elementary days? Most of them grew up, too. I’ve built great relationships online with people I didn’t even know well back in the day because as grownups, it turns out that we share common interests.

    • Thanks so much for your input. For me, it is much easier to be social and interact with people through their blogs although I do believe that Facebook and twitter are the new normal necessities.

      • Yes, I’ve seen the shift, too. I think blog interaction is the way to go if you’re interacting with the blogger. But when you see a great post, you’ll share it with your own circle of friends on Facebook or Twitter and have a conversation with your own friends there. Good luck! And remember, you don’t have to use all forms of social media. Try them, see what fits for you. It’s better to do a few things really well than to do lots of things half-heartedly. Good luck!

  4. To me…

    Facebook is nice for keeping up with friends and relatives. However. Though I auto-post my blog posts to FB, none of my real life friends or blood relations have ever commented (in any way, shape or form) on my blogging. They simply do not grasp that my blogs are like ‘children’ to me. Or they have no genuine interest in me. (What I suspect!)

    But I have experienced much kindness from strangers…

    The WordPress.Com community is amazing! It’s the hub. Twitter is a great to develop community. Google+ for it’s beautiful, clean interface and its Communities, which online marketing gurus say are like gold for driving traffic (maybe Google Search gives more authority to your website?)

    Tumblr has lower community-building power. No commenting (that I can see).

    I voted for all your photos. Good luck in the contest!

    • Thanks again JoAnn, wow great comment with some good info. I didn’t know anything about Google communities, I’ll check it out. I’m lucky in that those close to me do read my blog and even push it on FB. Thanks so much for the needed vote. I wish you the best.

  5. I agree with Jane, I couldn’t have said it better either. However I am also realising that it is a “If you can’t beat them join them” situation. Or at least if you don’t join in you are getting left out. Everyone is telling me I need a Facebook page to promote my paintings, even my agent! So I am just starting one – but I really really want to avoid the usual banal chit chat. I am trying find my way around the pages trying to understand what the headings mean (e.g. status) and what might be the consequences of clicking them. Wish me luck!

    • You are smart to really think things out before you start the page. While you are doing your research, have a look at adding tags and descriptions directly to each photo of your work. I’m learning about this presently and it makes a lot of sense. Good Luck to you

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