Why is Sharing with Sincerity Important?

The best example of sharing with sincerity I could find is Trey Ratcliff.. his caption on his profile is .. “Life is short. I create pretty things.”

Trey is almost up to 1 Million followers, Why? I believe because he truly shares with sincerity.

I recently viewed a video Photographers@google:Trey Ratcliff . It featured Trey sharing’ his concepts about sharing’.

The most important message I got out of it was, about being vulnerable. And through being vulnerable, this is when you can have a more enriching experience in whatever it is that you are doing, in whatever it is you are sharing.

For instance, in social sites, finding people with common interests, being genuine and sharing how you feel about a post, concept or idea. Not just saying what you think everyone wants to hear, but to share about what you truly think or feel.

As adults, sometimes we forget to just be who we are, fear can hold us back from truly expressing ourselves.

Another important point Trey shared;
It’s okay to be uncomfortable artistically, it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s in the creation process of being creative, and letting yourself go, is where ‘art’ has the possibility to blossom.

How are these two concepts related sharing and being vulnerable?

The next time you share, try not to think about approval or disapproval of your post, but more about what you want to share.
Ask yourself, to step out of the bubble, give yourself permission to feel uncomfortable, and share what you are passionate about.

Margie is the personal editor to Chris Lang, he’s the author of “Google+Marketing: An Hour A Day” coming summer 2012 from Sybex… and also serves as the Corporate Secretary for Gadget MVP.

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Women of Google+ : Pat Kight

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Pat KightFeatured G+’er : Pat Kight

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

By a friend who works for Google.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

  1. The ability to broaden connections and read/communicate with interesting people beyond my immediate social circles.
  2. The sense of having some influence over how this thing develops, thanks to a feedback mechanism that actually seems to work, and Google’s willingness to let its employees engage publicly with users.
  3. Superior time management, via circles. I can tailor my reading stream on the fly to suit my time, interests and needs.
  4. I will soon be able to drop Facebook entirely. This is no small benefit.
  5. G+ is starting to function as the best RSS aggregator ever – a number of science and tech bloggers I follow are posting very actively here.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Seamlessly, so far. I’m an information geek, and I’ve already found connections, suggestions and meaningful conversations about everything from Drupal design and programming to politics to photography to knitting. I’m also happy that the cluster of friends who’ve been following each other around the ‘Net since meeting on Usenet in the early ’90s are, for the most part, here.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

As a female arts-and-sciences geek in my 60s, I’m part of a decidedly small demographic. It’s been particularly exciting to connect with other smart-tech-savvy older women here.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m a former newspaper and wire service journalist who jumped that ship two decades ago to become a university-based science communicator and Web developer, and sometimes activist for queer/feminist political causes. I’m interested in how technology enables, enhances and sometimes impedes communication of complex and important issues.

In my off-duty hours, I direct, act and design for a small, semi-professional theater company, and am an avid photographer. I garden, knit, try to maintain a 100-year-old house and am voraciously catching up on seven years of speculative fiction reading, which I lost to failing eyesight until eBooks came along.

I also serve, pro bono, as the webwench for International Talk Like A Pirate Day. No, really: http://talklikeapirate.com

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Women of Google+ : Ellie Kennard

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Ellie KennardFeatured G+’er : Ellie Kennard

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

A programmer I work with and I had been discussing on facebook (and having a quiet grumble about) the fact that G+ invitations had been halted due to the huge demand on Friday. On the Monday he was sent an invitation and signed up and sent me the invitation straight away. I do not see any input from him since then, but I took the plunge and have not looked back.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I find that I have made a lot of new contacts who are creative and inspiring and have found that my previously existing FB contacts are showing a side of themselves that is more creative and cerebral than I have seen on Facebook.
I have selectively been inviting friends, colleagues and family who I feel fit the Google+ profile (male and female) which I think of as being ‘interesting and interested’.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

I have quickly sorted G+ circles to represent my various business and life interests and find this enables me to catch up on important or entertaining postings from different groups easily.

At the start of the day I categorize and archive those posts that I want to read later, after work and do the same at the end of the day. Checking an individual circle’s posts focuses my thinking and is not hidden under other posts irrelevant to that topic. Once read I either keep archived or delete these posts.

No time is lost with me being distracted and having to check up on every post as it appears. This is vital for me.

A particularly interesting story or thoughts you may want to add regarding Google+

I was dragged kicking and screaming into Facebook, but made good use of it finally for my business and that of my partner. I got sick of the spam/scams and of warning my contacts of the risks. I hid all the games. I coped.

I did not find Twitter to be user friendly and quickly was overwhelmed with tweets that did not seem to be relevant. My own tweets seemed to be going out into a void.

As soon as I set up my profile on G+ (I confess to having more than one, though I shouldn’t, perhaps), I felt at home. Most of my FB friends have stayed behind and I feel that’s as it should be. They were always at home there in a way I never was.

I really enjoy being a part of this brave new medium and glad that as a woman I am able to have my voice heard and, as the developers are open to suggestions and bug reports to make a small difference in the development of it.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I am a writer, photographic processor, graphic and web designer. Our company, Innovative Imaging Studio, is a featured studio on the Adobe site, my photographic restoration work was featured in the book by Katrin Eisman, I am one of the listmums of Prodig, the professional digital photography forum. In the Good Ol’ Days I worked for JWT in London for a short period before continuing my education.

My various sites are:

  • http://www.iistudio.com (our business)
  • http://www.elliemunroe.ca (blog site for my writing)
  • http://www.shadowsandlight.ca (site built to feature the performance photography of my husband, which we both work on as a team)
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Women of Google+ : Shavonne Wong

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Shavonne WongFeatured G+’er : Shavonne Wong

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I was originally invited by my friends who were in the creative industry

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

I do think that with Google+ I’ll be able to get more exposure for my photography work
Also, I’ve gotten to meet alot of good friends from the Google Hangouts, which has been alot of fun.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

Google+ allows me to put more of my work out there to more people and let them know about me.

Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

I’m a 20yo fashion photographer from Singapore and I plan to go New York to study and work. More of my stuff can be seen here:

  • website: http://zhiffyphotography.com/
  • fb: http://www.facebook.com/zhiffyphotography
  • twitter: http://twitter.com/zhiffy
  • blog: http://zhiffy.wordpress.com/
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Women of Google+ : Vivienne Gucwa

As we come across amazing women in Google+, we wanted to highlight some of them and give you the opportunity to find out how fabulous they are for yourself.


Women of Google+ : Vivienne GucwaFeatured G+’er : Vivienne Gucwa

How did you originally get invited to Google+?

I was invited to Google Plus by an online friend of mine, B Dean Skibinski.

What benefits are you seeing from being in Google+?

The top benefit has been connecting with the wonderful photography community on Google Plus. It has also been equally wonderful connecting with a plethora of thinkers, innovators, artists, writers and musicians.

How does Google+ fit into your life or career?

As a photographer navigating the early stages of a serious career in photography, Google Plus is meeting many needs that haven’t been met on the other photography focused sites and/or social sites where I display my photography.

I have found that Google Plus offers more meaningful engagement regarding my photography than other sites which is quite incredible given that Google Plus is still so new! I am hoping that as Google Plus evolves and grows over time, these connections will grow and evolve as well.

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Where can I find more information about this fabulous woman?

Having grown up in New York City, my love for this city only grows more and more over the years. What better way to channel my passion for it than via photography and writing?

My photography is focused on the urban and natural landscapes found within and around New York City. I try to focus on not only the iconic locations that people tend to know and love but also spots that people don’t necessarily associate with New York City.

I feature my New York City photography on my website which I update daily with photos and writing here – New York City Photography – NY Through The Lens.

Other places you can find me and my photography:

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