stand out

stand out

Big hugs to Tamara Pruessner on this tough day.  ♥

#ourcondolencestamara  

my first public post was my whygplus

my first public post was my whygplus

Funny that this is the one because I still feel like what I was feeling then is true today – so precisely.  It was a big step for me to post publicly initially but hundreds of public posts later, I’m so glad I took that step because it opened so many doors.       

#myfirstpost   #myfirstpostong +   #whygplus  

Originally shared by Jennifer Luzio

Thank you.

Now, please don’t ruin it.

Starting out with G+ I was skeptical, of course. After years of using FB, I was used to the structure of it and I had found the few workarounds for the worst parts – grouping and privacy settings. (Yes, even with all of the changes they kept throwing at us.) I felt like it served a reasonable purpose of keeping in touch with (or tabs on) people. So I wondered how could G+ really enhance my life? How could it be THAT much better than FB or Linked In? Turns out – G+ is so completely different there really is no comparison.

Keep in mind that I am deeply interested in photography and G+ seems to currently be “the” place for photographers to mingle online. Maybe it’s because so many tech people are photographers or being technically savvy is a must for the new digital photography world, but whatever it is, nothing else compares to G+ right now. For me, “the average user”, anyway.

A few key people clearly set the tone and created the trends on G+ for the photog subset which have made it so appealing. HUGE thanks to them and their continuing efforts! However, most of those folks appear to have solid presences on the other sites as well. The giant difference here versus other sites is how the “mob” AKA “average users” seem to be following suit and are well above par in their decorum, intelligence, and passion for their interests. I have yet to need to “hide so-and-so’s posts” because they repeatedly dump useless comments on the feed. Rather, I find myself wanting to “follow” more and more people every day because their work is so brilliant and inspiring!

My greatest use for G+ right now is learning and networking. There is no better place – free and online anyway. With the ability to control content through circles, G+ has succeeded where all the others have failed. Of course, I realize the invite method has limited the troll factor and while G+ intends to control that with their “verified” account rules (whatever those are), it will change over time. The question is will I be able to easily control that with circles or will it become too much effort?

All I can hope for is that the “powers that be” will stay ahead of the curve by maintaining great communication with the “average users” and implementing changes openly and with care. This thing has the potential to replace all other major social networking sites that I’ve ever used. Keeping the UI clean, the ability to control your own content easily, and creating networking opportunities with truly useful ways to search are the keys to making that happen. For me, anyway. “The average user.”

big day

big day

Happy Birthday Google+!!!  

It’s been quite a year!  Hard to believe it’s been a year already.  I’m thankful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met and how much I’ve been able to learn.  I love the community on here.  You guys are what makes G+ great!  ♥

before and after

before and after

Another day or so and they say we will have sunny skies again.  Clean up will begin and benches like this one will be less lonely.  Crazy fires are going on in my home state of Colorado while here in Florida we’ve had epic rainfall.  I wish I could send all this rain to my Colorado friends.  Everyone be safe!

rainy days

rainy days

What to do when a tropical storm is hanging out over your house and nothing works but your computer?   Go take some pictures!!  

red

red

Arguably the most interesting and evocative color.  To me it always represented passion, alternatively Communism, or just plan STOP maybe.

 

Red is evoked from light that is primarily from the longest wavelengths discernible by the human eye.

In some cultures, certain shades of red are used to symbolize anger or aggression.

It is the color of blood when it is exposed to sunlight.

In western countries, it is most commonly referred to as a color of evil, love, and sometimes, though rarely, happiness.   

Evil and love? Red you are a strange one

(source: Wikipedia)  

(Note: the red here is not enhanced)

for FloralFriday, of course, and storm shooter extraordinaire Tamara Pruessner!   #floralfriday  

It’s raining frogs

It’s raining frogs

Seriously, these little guys are all over the place!  Most weren’t very cooperative when I tried to shoot them, but this guy posed for a short time.  

interminable

interminable

Or, my TO DO list.  I wish it was as pretty as a sea of flowers, then perhaps it wouldn’t seem so daunting.  🙂

reach out and grab it

reach out and grab it

It’s Monday which means that Kerry Murphy, Kelli Seeger Kim & Jennifer Eden are all busy little bees with Macro Monday!  Here’s one from me…     #macromonday  

until tomorrow

until tomorrow

For Father’s Day tomorrow, I will be participating in our somewhat traditional golf and pizza day.  It’s what my dad likes and it’s fun (even though I suck at golf).  🙂 

Happy Father’s Day to all you awesome dads out there!