April has been a pretty exciting month so far, and I can't believe that we are halfway through it already!! Seriously, where is this year going?!?
The first half of April has been spent with friends and celebrating as our team makes it to the Championship game (but sadly they lost), as well as growing my photography business. Last week, the release date came from the photos from February's shoot, so I was able to share them. Coming up this week, the April issue of the magazine should be out (I was able to do this shoot back in March). Once again, I'll have to wait for the release date about two weeks after that. However, I am even more excited about those images than the last.
It's such a great feeling showing your work to the world and getting such a positive response. That feeling will never ever get old.
Sadly, we lost. It's okay though, because we are still UK, which is one of the most successful college basketball teams in history. There is always next year. Either way, I still had a great time going out for the Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship game. I went to the same place each time, because 1) that place is awesome, 2) it's downtown (the biggest celebrations take place there), and 3) best pizza ever.
I saw a lot of hate about UK and people being glad they didn't win. I couldn't help but think, When did your team get knocked out? Oh. first round? or Oh. We knocked you out? or You're team wasn't even one of the 64? Umm.. yeah, you don't get an opinion. Sorry.
That's just another reason that I have a love/hate relationship with social media (and I LOVE social media). People are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS find something to turn into a negative. I honestly just feel bad for them, because of the constant negativity about anything and everything. Personally, I would find that exhausting.
Be happy, please. It's good for the soul. Promise.
|As of April 12, 2014 at 1:57am. This really is the stats from April 10-12 (on the 12th at 1:57am)|
This may not seem like a big deal to some, but it is to me. We all know that facebook wants you to pay to promote your posts, but I don't believe it is needed; just my opinion. There are ways. Why those ways might not be 100% foolproof, but it is something. (Unless you want to pay, then cool. I'm not saying that I won't ever pay, but I don't foresee myself doing that anytime soon).
On April 9, I posted all of my published photos from March's issue to my personal page, because I wanted to be sure 1000% that my friends would see them. I kept watching my page and was like, boy it is on fire. Hours and hours later, those numbers kept increasing...
As I'm writing this (Sunday evening), I received about 38 likes on my album of published pictures and 14 comments (this was just on my personal page). On the pictures themselves (there were five), I received about 94 likes and 2 comments.
I decided the next day that I needed to add the same pictures to my business page, and there I received 11 likes and 12 comments on the album of the published pictures. On those five pictures, I received about 25 likes and 10 comments.
The same day, I added about thirty pictures to my business page, and then shared it to my personal page. The bad thing about doing that is that if you are on a mobile device, you can't see it on my personal page whatsoever. However, if you do go to my business page, it will show up. It was so frustrating, because I wanted everyone on my friend list to see them, but sharing albums won't show up if you are on mobile devices. Sad but true. Sigh. (and no, it is NOT anything to do with privacy settings).
Anyway, I was super bummed but I just went with it. I made sure to tag everyone in the photos, along with my business. I then started receiving like after like, comment after comments, share after share, and likes on my actual page. Even though it doesn't show up via mobile, people were still seeing it, so I was happy. By the end of the day or so, I had received 11 likes and 2 comments on the album itself, and 198 likes on the pictures and 17 comments. Not too shabby (especially considering I had only 225 people that have liked my page at the time) and people are still liking and commenting. Such a wonderful feeling... there are no words for how happy that makes me!
P.S. I did NOT pay to promote any of my posts on facebook.
Either way, I have a plan of attack for my next one...
P.S. More from that shoot will be added within the week, along with even more the following week. Also, additional shoots will be added as well (one specifically was at an animal shelter, where I also modeled)!! I'm too excited for words!! I also will be posting some of my work on my instagram.
The rest of April is going to be even busier... editing photos, redoing/updating my website, blogging my sessions of my website, celebrating my friend's birthday, celebrating MY birthday, going to the biggest/weirdest/wildest party ever, and at least two or three more sessions (as of this post).
It's a busy life, but I love it. It's so wonderful.