A large part of the joy of photography is sharing photos with those who want to see them; for what good is a photo buried on a hard drive where no one can enjoy it?
When I was running my business, I thought it was necessary to share my photos on my Facebook business page. However, I always found it quite frustrating trying to jump through Facebook's algorithm hoops in an attempt to get my photos to show up in my followers' news feed. As a result, I never really enjoyed running the page.
(For anyone who has never run a business page, FB shows you how many people have seen each of your posts. Then they give you the opportunity to boost the post by paying them to show it to people. I really don't understand exactly how it works, but I do know that if people don't start interacting with the post moments after it is posted, no one ends up seeing it. That's why businesses are always nagging you to like, comment, tag, and share their posts.)
When I decided that I wanted to start shooting again, I hadn't made a decision regarding my FB business page. I suspected I would end up going back to using it, but I haven't found that to be the case. After posting a few photos and links, I realized that only a handful of people are actually seeing them. So, I decided why waste my time?
Because 12 people out of 696 followers? Seriously?...
Since making the decision, I've been struggling with where the heck to share my photos. I already knew that I was going to continue posting them on my blog, just like I always have. It seems like blogs are dying a slow death these days, but I still really enjoy keeping mine so I'm going to keep doing it. So, if you ever want to see what I've been shooting, pop on over to my home on the internet and check out my photos! I also decided to keep posting to my MWP Instagram Account, as I am a total IG junking and love using it. If you're on Instagram, follow me (@michelewhitacrephotography)! If you're not on Instagram, what. are. you. waiting. for???
Which brings me back to Facebook. As much as I wish it wasn't so, Facebook pretty much runs the internet world and it just makes sense to use it to share photos. If I'm not going to be using my business page, that leaves my personal one.
In the past, I was always hesitant to share photos because I didn't want to drive everyone insane. I said as much to a friend recently and her response was that I was being ridiculous. She said that when you chose to be FB friends with someone, you sign on for whatever they choose to post. Her reasoning made a lot of sense to me and eventually ended up changing my mind about using my personal account to share my photography. So consider this fair warning that I am going to start posting more images and blog links soon!