“What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn’t worry about prestige. Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world.

Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you’d like to like.”

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Paul Graham

I read a web page called Brain Pickings quite a bit, I find it both inspirational and educational.  Not only do I share the quotes and meanings here on this journal (maybe I should reopen comments to find out if anyone is reading this … no …).  The above quote is a good one for today. Here is the full essay.  It is something that I will put away in my reading list.

Seeking prestige or even approval of the masses is likely not a good idea.  I have always been one who did not care about the opinions of others, yet I am constantly seeking approval.  FaceBook is a particularly bad avenue to seek approval.  Unless you pay for FB to force your posts on pages of viewers, most viewers, unless the purposely go to your page, do not see what you post.  Constantly pages are posting blurbs about FB not showing their posts and to “like” or “comment” on the post to help drive viewers to their content.  Silly.

Traffic finds my web site just fine so in order to get “attention” it is best to continue to update this journal.  Facebook is an after thought, a little bit of icing on the cake.  I am certainly not going to pay to have my content appear. It is not that important.

So, I keep exercising my writing muscles and will continue to try to write in this journal every day.

Yesterday, as part of an assignment for my Portfolio II class, I had to “shadow” a professional photographer.  I chose a photographer we went to visit in Hickory last year.  At first, I thought this was a worthless exercise, but I realized while I was there, it is contact.  It is putting yourself in front of someone who knows a lot of people and you never know where it may end up.  As it turns out, she knows Brian Rollins, a farmer I’ve photographed in the past (image below) as well as Loch and Memory of Beans and Berries Farm.  Memory died a while back, but Loch is still around and he’s on my list of people to photograph. Note to self: follow up with Loch.  It is a small, small world.

Brian Rollins-2

Until later …