TOTALLY READY FOR 2015.
I want to grab life by the balls in 2015, and here’s why.
Hi. I’m Martin Moore. I’m a photographer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You probably don’t know that because I spend about zero effort trying to promote myself on social networks on any kind of meaningful scale. I have 474 Facebook ‘Likes,’ 250 Instagram followers and 750 Twitter followers. Up until this point I haven’t really given a shit how many people are following me or what I’m doing, but in 2015 I want to care, I want to do something about it, and here’s why.
I’ve been shooting pictures since I was in high school but I didn’t get terribly serious until about 2008. 2014 was a big year for me as far as photography goes. I reached and even broke a lot of my personal goals I set for myself. I finally became a real company (fuck taxes), I exceeded my financial goals (fuck taxes), and I put out my first book ‘Up in the Air’ (gotta pay taxes on that too). I’ve played it pretty safe over the years, trying not to take to many chances with this thing, but this past year I finally decided to take some, and it’s paying off. But, for 2015, I want to up my game on one aspect of my photography that I’ve been lacking on, being more socially relavent.
You see, the thing is, it shouldn’t bug me, but the fact that some 15 year old high school girl has more people interested in what she’s up to on a day to day basis than someone like me who’s doing something creative, does. It seems a bit off. So, I want to change that. I want to whore myself out on the internet. Interact more with people on social networks. Put more of my work up for people to see and enjoy and to also be inspiration for others, because after all, thats how I fell in love with photography all over again. I was following guys like Chase Jarvis and Lee Morris and those two are who really made me realize that you can do photography and it can be cool; you won’t necessarily end up like that fat guy shooting your cousins wedding sweating profusely.
You see, for me, the big pay off I’m looking for is not to reach some magic number of ‘Likes’ or ‘Followers’ to somehow validate my success/failure or make me feel good about my self, my goal is make real friends in my industry, share my work, connect with and inspire others; to get my name out there and be heard so perhaps clients who have no idea who I am stumble on me and give me a call.
So, for 2015 my resolution is to be relentless about social networking. To make my self more relivent in this digital era. Because after all, regardless of how big of a deal I think it might not be, it really is.