interacting with experts: steve thomas speaks

This fascinating man works by day, reads, posts interesting articles and takes FABULOUS photos in his spare time.

I have to confess though to having one of those famous FaceBook moments where I couldn’t remember how we originally hooked up!!

The aaaah moment came when I remembered it was through one of my daughters rowing team mates mums FanPages, linking me through the Barr Smith Library page to a guy who was having trouble attracting members to his group (phew – what a classic). I offered a word of advise (it was limited to the Adelaide network) and there in lay the start of a few conversations. I am now in aw. Steve was already in the process of setting up the FanPage better and he in no way needed my help really but I guess it’s really just the support and chat that makes all this fun. I have now personally met Steve and his lovely partner Kay through the Adelaide Bloggers meet-up.

I asked Steve a few questions… especially about his photography work and how he links it all together. This is what he came back with:

Letters from Adelaide

(Charlie) “Saw your comment on my blog page too. The makings of a good “interview”:

“So, what makes Flickr so much better? Does it have itโ€™s own niche? If we have happy snaps on FB, why donโ€™t professionals sell via istock? Is Flickr just the professional photographers hide out?”

Flickr has just been around for a long time, is all. It has been dedicated to photo sharing (they’ve just started allowing short videos as well), so in that sense it is a niche site. But it has all kinds of images, from happy snaps to the most wonderful artistic work. And pr0n of course. But they have a pretty good safe-search system that means you have to look for that, so easily avoided.

Flickr is not for professionals, because it doesn’t provide a mechanism for selling your work. Some of us use Red Bubble for that, but there are other sites that do similar.

Interestingly, some people use Flickr as a kind of blog, adding long texts to their pictures. But there are better options now: it’s so easy to upload a picture to your blog and write about it there. Or add pics to Facebook. Or … One thing we’re not short of in this online world is options.

“Where do you find people – FaceBook or LinkedInโ€ฆ “

Well, if I was looking for work, I’d be working on LinkedIn. But I’m not, so that’s just a “placeholder” for me. (But others have found me through that.) Because I have a (hopefully) secure position at the Uni, I’m more about exploring the uses of social media for communication, so currently “working the room” through Facebook. But I happen to think that Facebook is maturing rapidly into something that might compete with LinkedIn, as a way of developing professional relationships. Once you get past the vampires and other nonsense, FB is a pretty good way of maintaining contacts. Teamed with Twitter, a blog, and RSS, it’s shaping up as pretty amazing. Something like a complete online expression of self. Yikes!

“What is your blog strategy?”

LOL! My blog strategy is to try to remember to blog about things I have an opinion on. E.g. I’m now reading the papers online as well as in print, which means I can express my opinions instantly as I read. Maybe not always a good thing, but then I’m not looking for a Pulitzer. Or a job. I don’t bother with AdSense (yet) because I think that would make me sensitive to the number of page views, and that would make it into a chore rather than a joy.

There’s a whole book waiting to be written on the subject of page views and comments and the anxiety engendered by not getting any!

Feel free to ask more questions!



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