Sharing Is Caring

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Today, I’m talking about sharing. I mentor women who are creative and healing entrepreneurs, so this is a topic I see all too frequently. Bear with me as I look at this important topic from several different viewpoints.

Let me first point out, that none of us create success in a vacuum. It’s impossible, since life is not a vacuum but an interweaving holographic energy experience. The most successful people understand how important it is to support others.

Even if you have not dealt directly with your potential clients, they feel you on an energetic level through your website, social media interaction, resource materials, products, services, and by how they observe you treating others.

My second point is that creative entrepreneurs (artists, designers, writers, etc.) get the word out about their skills by sharing their work online through their website and social media. The value in sharing is having people find out about them, contact them, visit their site, and ultimately, buy their work.

So, when others share a creative’s work online, it can potentially help get the ‘word out’.

That’s a good thing, right?!? Well, it depends!

Sharing is (Not Always) Caring

Once creatives upload files to their portfolio, website and/or social media, the file is then picked up by search engines for dissemination. The creative’s contact information is lost, and sometimes people download the image to share separately and fail to credit the artist.

The creative only benefits when people make a conscious decision to also share the creative entrepreneur’s contact info (web, portfolio, or social media link/s) when they share. Otherwise, it’s just another random file with an unknown source.

The internet, particularly social media, has made it very easy to blindly share visuals without crediting the artist or providing links back to the creative. The excuses for not giving credit are many…and they are bogus.

The image at the top of this post is a perfect example.

Artist, Martina Hoffmann created this gorgeous image of the hummingbird, and she shared it on her facebook feed. It also appears on her website portfolio. Search engines picked up her image, and people who saw it began sharing the image.

You can see why: It’s gorgeous, great colors, beautiful flow, nice composition, many layers of meaning embedded in it, has a hummingbird, etc. It’s easy to see why people would love and be drawn to this image!

Problem is, without sharing who created it, the artist has no way to benefit from the sharing. No one will visit their site, or refer others, and no one with know where or how to buy the image. The link between the creative and the work is lost, and the point of sharing the image is invalidated!

It would be best for all involved to become aware of this issue, and take the time to credit the creative whose work they share.

Insult to Injury

When professionals PROMOTE their own services, products, and/or professional image share a creative’s work without crediting them, it really adds insults to injury. They are receiving a benefit by sharing the creative’s work (catching people’s attention), but then failing to give credit where it is due.

Now, some would say this is a legal offense, but I would go further to say this is an energetic offense: How can you expect people to VALUE YOU and what you offer, if you are not willing to VALUE OTHERS? That is energetically out of balance, out of integrity.

I first saw this beautiful hummingbird image by Martina on a social media feed from a “spiritual teacher” who was promoting her ‘love is all that matters’ image and way of seeing the world. The image caught people’s attention, and they flocked to LIKE and comment on her post, visiting long enough to read what this teacher had to share. I know, because was one of them!

Then, I dared to ask: Who is the artist? Because that information was not disclosed.

What ensued was…the reason I am writing this post:

The “spiritual” person sharing the image said they had no idea who created the image. I found the answer in less than 30 seconds, and shared the information in the thread. Rather than immediately ADD that credit information to the post, the “spiritual teacher” said they just didn’t have time to find the creator of every image they shared.

I privately messaged her to consider what message she was sending by failing to honor the person whose work she had grabbed for free to promote herself.

She then deleted her post and blocked me. I guarantee you that the people who witnessed her unwillingness to credit the creative, even after given the information, realized something about this “spiritual teacher”…and energetically, the message was not a good one.

Interesting, isn’t it?!? That a person who teaches connection and love and kindness flatly refused to take 1 minute, or less, of her time to honor the creative (credit the work shared), wouldn’t even do it after she was directly provided the information, then blocked someone who suggested she *walk her talk*.

Now, you may say: “It was on the web, so it’s fair game.” NO. It’s only on the web because a search engine crawled the file on the web. Humans download and share without crediting the originator, so the original source is lost…unless someone goes looking for it.

“Does it really matter that we credit creatives?” YES. Creatives who can’t make a living doing their creative work have to stop, and work somewhere that pays them enough to survive. They have bills to pay, too. It is worth a minute or two of your time to ensure that a creative is properly credited for work you are sharing, whether it’s for the joy of sharing or because the work catches people’s attention long enough to hear/read the message you have to share.

Found an image or video you like, but not sure who the creative is? Here’s where to start your search:

REVERSE SEARCH IMAGES
Either of these sites allow you to upload an image or point to a URL. Facebook image URLs appear ‘hidden’, so you must download the image first, then upload to the reverse engine search. Here are two to bookmark:

Google Image – often the fastest, but not always the most accurate. Click on the camera in the search bar to upload an image or point to a URL.
TinEye – will show you the FIRST time it was crawled on the web, and where, which gives further clues.

Using one of the above links, the VAST majority of the time, you will find the creative source in less than 1 minute, but occasionally you need to do further searching.

For instance, I found an adorable GIF animation, but when I searched I couldn’t find the origin of the original art. A still from the animation proved that the art came from one creative and the animation came from another.

SEARCHING A VIDEO
Facebook allows people to grab another person’s video and post it as their own. This is why so many are now putting their URL and/or logo directly on the video.

Start, first, searching the subject of the video in your search engine. Those who take videos sometimes rename them according to the subject versus the original title. You may see several variations of the video, and have to check dates and length to determine which one is the original. Once you find the earliest version, look in the description box which often contains the creative’s original contact information.

I’ve found videos shown on Facebook that originated on Vimeo, and Vimeo videos that originated on YouTube. Be patient, and focus on the subject. You’ll be amazed how much information you can find when you bother to look!

Just Ask!

I am not saying to forever stop sharing beautiful images and videos that you like. What I am saying is: CREDIT the creative when you share! LOOK for the creative’s contact information when you want to share the image. Take one minute to reverse-search, if necessary. Once you know who the creative was, CREDIT THEM in your online posts.

When someone else shares it from you, make sure that the creative’s credit goes along for the ride. (Add it in your comment to the share.) Look out for creatives the way you would want someone to look out for your creative efforts.

Creatives want to get the word out and share their work online. If you ASK THEM for permission to share and credit them, most will be THRILLED and happy to let you share! Many will even, if needed, provide a higher resolution of the file you are requesting. I’ve never had a single person turn me down, when I’ve asked and offered to credit them.

This is what I have done with the image above. I saw it unfairly shared without credit. The person who shared it was not willing to credit the creative. I reached out to the artist and asked permission to share in this post. Permission was granted, she told me which link she preferred, and then I wrote this post about this topic. The creative is benefiting, now, correcting the wrong that was previously done.

Energetics of Sharing

When you honor and value others, you send a message to the Big U that you appreciate honor and value. When you give credit where it is due, people remember to credit you, when it is due. It truly is a give and take, and the Golden Rule in action: Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you.

Sounds like karma or ‘what goes around, comes around’, and it is…and it is also about personal integrity. YOU know when you are not in integrity. Your lack of willingness to honor, value and give credit will ensure that you are not honored, valued, or given credit.

Whether you bought a royalty-free stock image (majority of images on this site are bought, others are created by me, or used with permission of the creative) or got permission to use a creative’s image, give credit!

If you care enough to share, care enough to credit the creative!

If you are a creative, ask people to credit you and provide them the links you want them to share—social media, site, portfolio, etc. Give them one that will point to the others.

Appreciate everyone who credits you and other creatives. If you see others sharing work that is uncredited, ask who created it. Increase awareness that the best practice is crediting the creative when sharing their work. If they don’t know and you have a minute, search and share the information, yourself.

While the one situation I shared above was an exception, MOST of the people with whom I share the creative’s information will immediately amend their post to include the credit.

This is how we share with integrity, and creatives support each other.

Image credit: Martina HoffmaNN

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Fine-tuning Inspiration

In case you didn’t notice, last May, I just stopped.

Fine-tuningI needed to reboot and regroup – and the first step was to begin fine-tuning my inspiration. To do this, I had to stop.

I stopped…

…writing blog posts that felt like pulling teeth

…forcing myself to have something to say

…expecting myself to write anything, at all (I can hear the social media experts GASPING all the way over here!)

…and found the silence within to rekindle my inspiration

At the about the same time, I started…

…focusing on what felt better

…reaching out locally and connecting with more people

…participating in more interesting conversations

…a success team, focusing on helping each other

…reconnected to some new sources of inspiration

…allowing myself to take as long as I needed to be inspired

…participating in daily appreciation sharing

In other words: I stopped doing anything that dragged me down and started only taking action where inspiration guided me. Little by little, I began to see what really inspires me. It did me a world of good and helped me heal from the inside out. How you fine-tune your inspiration may look a little different even if the effect is the same.

Is there something you need to stop doing to get back in touch with your inspiration?

How about something you’ve been meaning to start?

As time went on, I just noticed that I wasn’t inspired to write blog posts, but I was making a lot of new networking connections, talking to a lot more people face-to-face, and finding many new ways to feel inspired.

After replying to another person’s post, I was asked to write the guest post about my experience as a mother teaching my then-teenage son, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, to use affirmations to improve his relationship with Math. I was so busy networking and getting word out about my illustrations/web design business, though, that I never got around to writing it. Molly Player, bless her heart, proactively took my blog comment and stretched into the post on her LOA Stories blog. Still, I was inspired to share what Mollie had posted.

Meanwhile, nothing more was inspired for this blog.

However, when Jeannette Maw, The Good Vibe Coach and founder of Good Vibe University, asked me to write a blog post based on a conversation we had last week, I took advantage of the quiet holiday week to get it done. Not only did I write the post based on a discussion we had during one of last week’s Good Vibe University LOA calls, I also recorded myself reading the post for those who do better listening than reading. Go read and/or listen to the blog post Invite Your Problems to Stay and leave a comment!

What all of this has shown me is that inspiration is not only an individual experience, it cannot be mandated. It happens when it happens. Forcing it doesn’t encourage inspiration, it suppresses it.

I also realized that I really enjoy interacting with people. There hadn’t been enough interaction here on the blog to make it fun or to inspire me. I love to discuss ideas with savvy Deliberate Creators who understand the world is a mirror and appreciate the reminders that it is always an ‘inside job’.

Taking the time to fine-tune my inspiration has helped me focus my energy in the best way possible.

This blog was built for interaction…as I continue to fine-tune my inspiration, I will continue to post only when I feel inspired. However, you can help inspire me with your questions and discussions. If you want to hear more from me, here is how you can help: Let me know what questions you have or what subjects you’d like me to address!

Let me know your questions in the comments section below, or ‘Like’ the AffirmingSpirit Facebook page message your question to me.

Your turn: What do you do to fine-tune your inspiration?

Law of Attraction in Social Media

I’ve been on LinkedIn since 2003, got a Facebook account a short while later, and fell in love with Twitter in late 2008. I’ve been in social media a while.

Through engaging many wonderful people on Twitter, I found myself finally actually using my dormant Facebook account. Suddenly, Twitter had provided me an incredibly upbeat, positive and kind network of people to connect and share videos and information on Facebook. I have met and connected with amazing people through social media and find it a fantastic way to engage colleagues and clients!

Yet, rarely a week goes by without someone saying something like:

“I can’t stand social media. The people on Twitter are just (ugh)  and the creeps on Facebook freak me out…”

“I’ve heard really bad things about social media…you better be safe!”

“Why would anyone want to be on Twitter?!? Facebook is bad enough!”

How can my experience of social media be so wonderful, while others only see sociopaths and weirdos?!?

The difference in perceptions is created by the Law of Attraction, which is always at work, even if we are not aware of it. Social media, like everything else, is subject to the influences of the law of attraction. In social media, who you are as a networker attracts more people like you:

  • People who like to find fault and complain find each other.
  • People who like to appreciate and find reasons to be happy find each other.

I’m in the latter group.

Yes, occasionally a person I find inappropriate will try to connect with me on Twitter or Facebook, but both platforms have ways to block those people. In most cases, they are gone the first time they are offensive, and I never see them again. I don’t dwell on the ones I don’t want to connect with…just the nice folks I enjoy connecting with!

Once I posted on Facebook how I have the best FB friends and Twitter followers, and that social media is what you make it. Not surprisingly, many of the really nice people I am connected with came forward to second my comment. They, too, have enjoyed their connections in social media. It’s not a coincidence!

My social media experience reflects how I have chosen to experience social media. If you are not happy with your experience in social media, take a look at your own expectations and attitudes. It’s never too late to make some shifts and experience something better!

How have you chosen to experience social media? Share with us below in the comments…

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