The Scamperbeasts Rule

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Patti on her throne, Leica R8 + Macro-Elmarit-R 60, Kodak TMax 400

If you love science fiction then you have to read John Scalzi’s books. They are wonderfully done. He also has a great blog and is fairly active on Twitter.

As an author who doesn’t shy away from sharing his personal thoughts online I’m sure he has to deal with his share of trolls. He came up with The Scamperbeasts Rule, which may be one of the single best ideas for social media management I’ve ever heard.

John’s written a lot about how he uses Twitter and why. He’s not there to argue or to engage people who have no interest in a real dialog. Setting the bar for engagement to be the same as his cats’ Twitter following is as good a rule as any to manage the signal to noise ratio online.

The Importance of Editing

I was listening to the Magic Hour podcast this weekend as the host Jordan Weitzman spoke to photographer Mark Steinmetz. The whole episode is great but the following quote (around 19:22) really captured my attention.

Mark explained,

I’m much more interested in an edited version of photography. I believe that good photographs are extremely difficult to make. You have to, it requires a kind of careful awake mind to make a picture that contains a lot. You simply don’t see it on the Internet.

This is where I’ve been struggling. For so long I wasn’t thoughtful or careful about what or how I was shooting. Instead of working to make something good and sharing it because I thought it was good, I kept waiting for some external definition of quality.

Don’t do it for anyone else.

In the last few weeks I’ve deleted thousands of images. It wasn’t just the old, out of focus, basic images that found the recycle bin. It was the images that didn’t have anything to say to me.

It’s clear that if an image doesn’t speak to me then it has no voice to speak to anyone else.

You can find Mark’s work on his website.