Posted in Lifelong Learning, Photography 101, Social Media Connect, Storytelling, Writing

How many other ways can a content curator serve up value?

First of it may help to define what a curator does. One definition is a person who selects content for presentation, as on a website.20161112_194742

Instagram is a photo sharing and social media platform for sharing content.  Although Facebook is a force to be reckoned with in the social media marketing ecosystem because of its larger user base, however, unlike Facebook, Instagram is more about the images.

It allows for short writeups but the focus again is on the visual content and less on written content – the image (should) encapsulate the message.

A well curated Instagram feed is more likely to garner impressive engagement.screenshot_20170131-184112

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words and I would add, a great picture has the potential to have an incredible impact on engagement with a blog, a brand or a business.

A visual platform like Instagram reaches beyond for example your blog, and connects with a diffetent demographic and sometimes broader target audience.

Did you know thescarletredishrack blog has an Instagram page?

Hop on over to scarletrr_ (yes that is an underscore at the end) to find out more.

Posted in Creative Content, Culture, Faith Life, Lifelong Learning

Why would you do differently?

It is so easy to make big plans at the beginning of a new phase of life, a new job or even a new year but being consistent and persevering irrespective of the different demands on our time and resources is the bigger challenge.

This year my approach will be to breakdown big goals into more attainable tasks and douse it with a healthy confident and pleasant disposition with dollops of kindness to boot!

I am learning more and more that in the the end it’s not so much how much was done but the experience for the person on the receiving end that makes the bigger impression.  What are those basic tasks you have considered or committed to that will make for a more productive year and perhaps also a big positive impression on others?

Spill it!

 

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Posted in A New Year, Culture, Faith Life

How extending grace can shift our focus

As I recall several occasions especially in the last few months, where I was given grace that I was not deserving of, I am grateful.

As we wrap up and move into a new year, I pray that I am intentional in being gracious towards others, deserving or otherwise.

May the new year bring about a shift in our focus towards service that honors our Father in Heaven.

 

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Posted in Photography 101, Resources, Social Media Connect, Storytelling, Writing

Why giving credit to stay out of trouble may not be enough?

I must confess soaking in a podcast with great content is like a scoop of soft serve ice cream on a hot summer day!

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So you know, I was on cloud infinity the other day, when  I stumbled upon juicy nuggets listening to a podcast that was spot on.  It shed some light on the pitfalls in this culture of social media and content sharing, in which using content by others has become mainstream.  Sharing on its face is not the issue, however being aware and not crossing these not so defined boundaries of sharing or reposting is where the challenge lies.

In general, giving credit to the “source” seems adequate but what happens where the source does not own rights to that capitivating shot of the Bay bridge or that post that would fit right in with the rest of your well curated content on Instagram?  Things can get sticky and that is where requesting permission in addition to giving credit may be the smart approach to avoid potential fires in the future.

Here are a few considerations with your next share with your tribe of followers hat may help in keeping the lawsuits or and cease and desist letters at bay.

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The information gleaned from the podcast was so rich, so juicy, the urge to share with others is almost overwhelming and looking gorgeous from my vantage point.  You guessed right, best believe, my request is going to have “receive permission” and “give credit” written all over it.

Happy sharing!

 

Posted in Creative Content, Culture, Faith Life, Lifelong Learning, Storytelling, Uncategorized

Kemelayefa Crisis- Identity Crisis

It had been three years since their meeting at IDC by the 7th floor elevator banks.

In spite of several invitations, Kem’s schedule seemed to never allow him make it to Bible study at Tam’s church such that he was pleasantly surprised when he got a call from Kem asking if he could join them at the next Bible study. 

Tam made a mental note to talk with Kem after their Bible study about finding a Bible based home church even if OTR was not an option.  From the Kem’s questions asked during the Bible study, it was clear he had at a minimum a curiosity about a personal relationship with God but seemed to think he needed “to “be ready” before he could make himself fully available. 

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He suspected this desire to draw closer to God had something to do with Kem’s efforts to get back in Sammie’s good books.  Sammie had made it clear that her relationship with God was her first priority.  In Kem’s words “I am pulling out the heavy artillery for this one.”.  He had met Sammie about  a year ago and things seemed to be going well. 

However, he was surprised when seven months into the relationship Kem decided it was best for him and Sammie to go their separate ways.  Tam’s cue was how, Sammie seemed to come up more often lately in Kem’s conversations. 

It had been two weeks since the Bible study at OTR when Kem called to ask that they meetup the next day to go over the design mockups for Kanyi’s group.   Continue reading “Kemelayefa Crisis- Identity Crisis”

Posted in Intellectual Assets, Lifelong Learning, Social Media Connect, Storytelling

3 questions to ask before providing valuable feedback

 

What would I say? How would I say what I liked or did not like?  Would it be insensitive to tell it like it was?

My fingers beat my brain to it and by the time it dawned on me the confirmation that email had been sent had popped up on my screen.  My euphoria was short-lived and what I was feeling at that point in time was nothing short of raw consternation.

Here, I was battling a deluge of emotions and also attempting to manage the anxiety this simple email request had inflicted on me.  I was quickly transported back to the white knuckle moments waiting on a response from the bank to my offer and dreading the call from the agent after two rejections on previous offers.  The difference with the third offer was I had found a home I wanted needed.  I had no doubt in my mind, I did not have it in me to stomach another rejection and resume the search online as well as traveling from one end of town to the other to view properties.    Continue reading “3 questions to ask before providing valuable feedback”

Posted in Creative Content, Culture, Faith Life, Flash Fiction, Storytelling, Writing

Kemelayefa’s Crisis -Lets Talk

“I am done.  I can’t do this anymore.”

Kem blurted out, clutching his head between his palms, his anguished expression partially visible to Tam.

“My guy! what’s the problem?”

“It’s Rio.”

“Backup, what about her?  Are you not trying to work things out with Sammie?”

“Arrghhhh!! yes that was…is still my plan but…”

Kem had met up with Tam .  He wanted Tam’s opinion on some t-shirt mockups for Kanyi’s  youth camp group taking place in a few months.

Tam which was short for Tambari placed his glass down on the wooden slab table, wiping off the droplets from his sweating glass with a napkin.

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“What are you talking about Kemelayefa?”

Kem slowly raised his head.

What? Tam asked astonished by how quickly Kem switched from the  bewildering facial expression to a relaxed countenance.

“Oh its nothing!”

Tam sounded like his father, the way he pronounced his full name.  Kem short for Kemelayefa which means nothing is greater than a human being, was named after his Ijaw maternal grandfather.

 Tam continued ” I thought that the business with Rio ended when you made the decision to work things out with Sammie?”

Kem was quiet.  Tambari knew his friend all too well, so his non responsiveness was even more disquieting.

Continue reading “Kemelayefa’s Crisis -Lets Talk”