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Who cares about the numbers?



Whilst I was judging #fmsphotoaday I spent a fair amount more time than I usually do on Instagram.. I suggested last week that it opened my eyes to the good and bad.

The good on Instagram has always been good, the support and community is quite fabulous and just the fact that so many people connect through visual art is for me a magical thing..

The thing that saddened me was something that probably more angered me.. its not a biggy but I just couldn't understand why you would do it?

In photography games be it #fmsphotoaday #7vignettes #weekof... #everydaystyle all those fun tag alongs.. the idea is you use your own content so when someone steals an image it just seems dumb (especially if the owner of the comp then shares it as so good and they get found out) or if the image IS yours why use the hashtag of the game if you don't want to be part of it or have in regrammed?

I suppose it is just like the twitter/fb/pinterest etc platform when everyone appears to be polarised by their numbers so they are looking to gain numbers. I totally found new people to follow via the hashtags so yes it works but do you want people following you if  you have no connection?

I saw some total glamour girls tagging themselves in on some very inappropriate hashtags and I just find the need for numbers so weird #followforfollow WTF?!

I have focused DTLL numbers on pure quality and never quantity as it means we are speaking to the right people, who wants to spend time chatting to someone who doesn't want to listen?!

Anywho, rant over I just wonder if someone can explain the need? 

40 comments

  1. I don't get it either! it perplexes me....
    As a brand we want the people who like our FB page, who subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on twitter & instagram to connect with our brand on some level. Most on FB will be because they love our clothing as well as what we say. On twitter & instagram some will follow because they like our ethos, some wont even know that we are a clothing brand, on these platforms we find there is a differing connection, we have a lot of followers that do so because they like what our brand stands for and what we believe in & that is a worthwhile connection to have.
    great post
    Have a happy Monday & a magical weekend
    K
    www.harlowstore.com

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  2. For me, I can't stand when people pimp their kids out on shady hashtags.

    I don't get it. I'll never get it.

    Where's your protective Mama Lion instincts, Mama?!

    My humble opinion ;)

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  3. I know!!.. my kids are less and less on my Insta these days..


    Mainly cos they are not being very cute of late!

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  4. And you lovely, could not agree more.. it is a funny old world :)

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  5. A beautiful texta drawing by my son at 4 of me. It was perfect including bright yellow for my blonde hair and then a big black splodge on my head where my re-growth was so obvious to him. I booked straight into the hairdresser! Honesty from a child is delightful xx

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  6. My children love drawing pictures but one of my favourite is a drawing miss 3 did of our family. It includes the baby in a blanket (ie minus legs and arms). It was perfect and still is.

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  7. I think people get caught up on numbers, whether that be likes or followers or stats and it's easy to misconstrue these numbers with success.

    I do find it odd if your playing a game that you'd copy another's image & tag it... Bit weird.
    But as a business when it comes to followers or likers others define these (without thought) as consumers and are more likely to deem you a reputable business the more likers or followers you have. It's not correct but it is perception.
    I no longer look at any of these things as having a million likers or followers is like being rich in monopoly, it means nothing really.
    Focus on your business and genuine people interaction, quality and you will grow an organic community of worth.

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  8. My most treasured drawing that I ever received was by my Sister, aged 9 and my Brother aged 7, when they were waiting for me to be born. They drew pictures of what they thought I may look like. The pictures are full of anticipation and excitement. The story of the both of them drawing these pictures was retold to me countless times as they both fondly remember sitting in the car with my Dad, as the hospital that I was born at in Johannesburg, South Africa was run by Nun's and Men and children were not allowed into the delivery room! how times change

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  9. My daughter drew me with a giant smile and a giant head. With caption "My Mum likes to do the washing"

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  10. Being a foster mum all my children's artwork is priceless, but my favourites are self portraits with big smiles on their faces.

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  11. A drawing of my boyfriend, me and my boyfriend's niece, by my boyfriend's niece. I bought it out on her 21st birthday as her Aunt.

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  12. My uncle sent me handrawn pictures about his holiday to India, I was 6 or 7, and still think now, I'm 42, wow i wish i could be like him.

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  13. My my maid of honour gave us a massive drawing of our wedding flowers (frangipanis) complete with akem she wrote for us and read out at our wedding. Most special gift ever and it hangs on our bedroom wall.

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  14. From my 5yo daughter, a picture of our family . . . my daughter and I have enormous eyelashes, and we all have big smiles. Love it, them.

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  15. Who can choose one? I love the tower block my daughter drew of "where mummy works" and a picture of her and I next to her first go at writing saying "I love my mummy because she cooks for me more than daddy does."

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  16. A simple line drawing in black... that at first glance appeared to be one thing but on contemplation could really be anything. Bless children's imagination!

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  17. My uncle would tell a story and draw a picture on my hand. i have one drawing and story he put on paper [30 years later].

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  18. Last week, to my complete surprise my daughter drew a drawing of all the jobs she needs to do before she can go to school - uniform, hair, teeth etc. So she really does know and my hustling every morning has finally worked!... Pity the very next day she totally forgot what she needs to do to get out the door - back to normal!

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  19. My son drew his two arms and said I could carry them around with me for a hug if I wanted too.

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  20. My daughter drew herself as a princess, me as Queen and her dad as a green frog. Guess the frog was waiting for a kiss.

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  21. A drawing by my grandmother just before she passed of me in a beautiful abstract way.

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  22. Both my kids got to draw a self portrait in year one as a prince and a princess, so glad they had the same teacher!

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  23. I love every drawing my children have created which is why I have storage tubs full of butchers paper with odd lines & bright colours.

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  24. It is difficult to say...I love all of them for different reasons but if I had to choose one it would be the first time my son could identify each colour he was drawing with. Pretty special.

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  25. The first painted handprint from Daycare sits on my desk at work. Sometimes during the day i place my hand on hers. Even though she is bigger now, I am reminded of a time when her entire world rested in my hands.

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  26. The first family portrait by my daughter as a family of four. She had her baby brother's likeness perfect, right down to the bunny-rug wrap! So cute!

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  27. I would really love to win this to display the obscure creations of my kids however, I really think Claire Floyd should win...so touching.

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  28. It's hard to pick a favourite, but as the kindy paintings start to pile up, this would be such a great thing to win! If I had to choose, it would be one my daughter did that looks surprisingly like a gorgeous Fluoro pink flamingo! (An abstract flamingo, she's 3!) :)

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  29. ......was presented to me by my best friend's daughter over thirty ago. It was a drawing of her mummy and I drinking coffee - framed it!

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  30. I'm an educator and was presented me with my baby in my belly. So special so thoughtful something to keep to show my newborn!

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  31. My little nephew gave me a picture of my son, stillborn last year, in heaven with my Grannie. They looked so happy and were looking after one another. It was incredibly touching.

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  32. I received several artworks via a relative that my Mum drew as a child. Priceless & now are framed & loved.

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  33. When my father passed away my son drew a picture to cheer me up of him waving goodbye to his grandfather drawn as an angel.

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  34. I had a bit of a pregnancy hormone moment and was having a quiet "woe is me" sob in my bedroom. My girl (3) came in with a wipe that she had coloured in with textas that she wanted to show me. I thought I had hidden my tears pretty well until she told me that she had made me a "beautiful wipe" to help dry my tears. She then wiped my face (and yes, the texta went all over my face). The wipe then dried into a beautiful abstract water colour piece of art which I will treasure. I also think Claire Floyd should win as well :)

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  35. A caricature of my sister and niece that looks freakishly realistic!

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  36. The first artwork my son ever made me. It was spectacular (in my eyes). He's 15 months and holds a pencil backwards. Also likes using stickers in random places. So much fun.

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  37. They are all favourites! But the most surprising was my 15 month olds etcha sketch of a boat - what is it? I asked - Boat! he says proudly - and it sure was! I photographed it. <3

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  38. My son's daycare mum gave me a crayon drawing he had done and gave it to me after he passed away. It is the most precious thing I own and always will be.

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  39. My favourite masterpieces from my son are the drawings that have a long winded story attached...that I'm pretty sure he makes up as he is telling me, but he never forgets anything on the page even a dot symbolises something to him...such creative minds our little ones are.

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  40. Oh Tessa this is a wonderful idea. My fave piece was drawn my 3 year old boy. He drew a decent sized portrait on the wall in our rental property. When he showed it to me my mouth dropped open. He said 'it's you mama'. My shock turned to surprise and then a smile.. Of course a talk about not drawing on walls followed. I found a piece of tracing paper so I could keep a copy of it before cleaning it off.

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