I’m A Bad Picture Taker

As I look at my Instagram in complete shame, I realized one thing. I am a bad picture taker. That’s the wrong thing to be on a platform that was originally designed for photographers. I need to step my game up tremendously.

I need to capture the beauty of the things I see. I also need to catch my great angles and good sides, ha! I’m sure it will enhance My Gram profile tremendously. Real life, Taking a selfie is super hard for me. Like, I really don’t know what I’m doing. Trying to capture yourself at an alluring angle that doesn’t appear awkward is honestly a skill and I had no clue how much of a skill it was until I realized I couldn’t do it consistently. I will definitely take it seriously moving forward. Also want to take more pictures with people. I think it’s just a good element to add.

As I improve my body and my wardrobe and making it a point to smile more, I will need to take some pictures and well, they better be good! New task. New goal. Pray for me, ha! Although the picture I used for this, wasn’t that bad. At least I didn’t think so at the time, lol!

Building Social Influence

I think it’s safe to say that out of all social media platforms, I’m definitely obsessed with Instagram. It’s the only platform that I actually enjoy checking periodically throughout the day. Facebook is honestly number two because my engagement of conversation is greatest on there, but something about the functionality and idea of IG has it as top dog for me.

I never ever really liked twitter although I can’t deny that I get pretty decent engagement from “high profile accounts” and celebrities whether positive or negative. I can’t remember the last time I sent a snap on Snapchat. That platform to me is for travelers and people with interesting lives. Of course YouTube is great, especially after having to temporarily cancel my music streaming services. I can still keep up with all the new music I love on there and it’s still my number one spot to watch content.

I’m in the process of learning the game of becoming a social influencer on Instagram. My goal for 2018 is to have 50K IG followers by New Years Eve. It’s a pretty heavy task seeing that I’m not even 10% there. I’m currently running into the “follow then unfollow later” crowd and it’s killing my numbers and engagement. I do a pretty decent job of following back as long as you are active. I don’t really follow private accounts unless I know you and even then you need to have a decent post count. If you follow me and haven’t posted in months or years. I just expect you to unfollow soon so I don’t follow back. Just being realistic.

My first plan of action is to take better pictures. Not selfies either. I want to capture some great moments, reveal what I’m into and tell some “you had to be there” moments in pictures. I think that is the first step in achieving my goal.

Second thing I want to do is get and create better graphics and content. I think this is vital because it will set me apart from everyone else. It’s time to step my photoshop game up to Intermediate at worst and make it happen. Another reason why YouTube is a great platform.

Third thing is to have fun and not agonize over the numbers. This is my favorite platform. I don’t want it to become my least favorite because I’m trying so hard to grow it. It’s hard to find the fun on social media some days so I don’t want to ruin the good days with “How come more people aren’t following me?” For the followers I have, my engagement isn’t bad. It’s all about making it better from here.

I have a really good camera to help this process. I’ll need to get a better phone soon and I should tell more stories in a different way. Maybe treating IG like WordPress is how I will excel at it. ūü§Ē

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October Discipline Challenge: No Social Media

In the final hours of September a lot is going through my mind. The main thing on my mind is “Did I waste time?” To answer honestly, I think so. I was on a roll writing this book and all of a sudden, I went days without typing a single word for the book twice this month. I honestly should have finished and been preparing for phase 2, but I am not. Another thing I looked at was my creative space. Am I still on fire to create and push the envelope like I was 4-6 week ago? Possibly, but I’m losing some edge.

With all that in place, it’s only right that my next discipline challenge be “No Social Media for the month of October”. No Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. I will continue to check content on YouTube. I don’t use that for friends, comments and conversation, so that really doesn’t feel like a social media platform to me. YouTube is also going to be my A-1 go to for time spent on the toilet now that I don’t have FB or IG to fall back on. I can’t just sit there and do nothing most times, so a good interview or short doc will help.

Why cut off social media? Because I believe it cuts down my productivity and assist in my loss of focus. I also hate to be on there posting to be posting. All the time I spend mindlessly and aimlessly liking and sharing could be put to greater use. The more I think on it, social media is for people that are already content with life as is or they are the people who are doing enough to make life look interesting. I’m trying to be in the “make life look interesting” group, but I got a few goals to knock out to get there. Then I’ll come back posting with purpose!

I loved the creative space I was in when I deleted all my apps and “got away” for anxiety reason back in August. That week got me here, with this site and all the content that you’ve seen since then. It can only get better with more time away. While I’m gone, feel free to catch up on all of the content on the site. Over 40 live post in less than 2 full months. I cranked out a lot and most was on the fly and I would love for you to view it. Lets be honest; Less than 1% of you have viewed everything on here and that’s with the site doing pretty good. The content will not stop on LifeWriterCam.wordpress.com.¬†There will just be no social media push by me once content goes live until November.

You could also check out BehindTheRhyme.com while it’s still up and running and 100% in my possession. I got an offer to either buy out or invest in the site and well, I’m listening to any offer that makes sense.

If you would like to reach me, I have an email for that. LivingAsCamQuotes@gmail.com. My phone will always be open as well. 630-NOT-HERE. [If we have that kind of rapport. You know it’s cool to text or call me.]

A Bonus Challenge: I’m also going to eat meat a maximum of 3 times a week. I fell off the wagon so hard after not eating meat for a month. I can’t lose all my progress both physically and psychologically. Plus this will help increase my results as I continue to lift weights and get in the best shape of my life. These challenges are not just for the moment or the month or for social media conversation. These challenges are for life. So I must implement them every day after the challenge is over.

Taking it back to 2000-2002, when all I had was email and a phone for calls and texts. Let’s see how that fairs in 2017.

Social Changes: Connecting With “@LifeWriterCam”

#Change¬†is the best word to describe the last few weeks since my¬†#writing¬†has picked back up. So many¬†#aspirations¬†and¬†#emotions¬†have been released and it feels good to¬†#connect¬†with people by just being me. The connection has been so real that I don’t really know if it is wise to continue on as “CamQuotes” anymore.

CamQuotes was a media persona based on something I do naturally. Remember and deliver famous, humorous of thought provoking quotes. I like the ring to it, but that and the content I was pushing out doesn’t really stick the way I want it to. End of day as a media personality you have to put something together that connects with the people. Something they want to support and definitely buy into. I can honestly say that not many people have bought into “CamQuotes”. At least not in the way I envisioned. About 5 years ago I was selling CamQuotes Tees. Made a little noise, but didn’t become the phenomenon I wanted. I then started an interview series turned podcast called Cool Conversations with CamQuotes. Again, sounds good and made some noise, but outside of the vanity, I didn’t feel my work connecting.

That brings us to present day. I’ve soft launched the “Pen Pimps” website and opened the door to my world, which I call “Life Writing” and I can see and feel the connection. I get more comments and praise than I do feedback and opinion. I see new followers and likes from people who I don’t know. I get text messages about the content. I get into more honest conversations and the energy is different. It feels different from @BehindTheRhyme. It feels different from @CamQuotes. That different feeling is so good and I think it is giving me the one thing I’ve always wanted my work to do; connect.

There is no brand without a connection. People want to feel, understand and believe. Me as myself in a vulnerable, emotional and creative state is building that connection. I love it! I feel that I have finally arrived and that the work is not going in vain, like I felt it did so many years prior.

Who knew Cam writing about his life and feelings would get an overwhelmingly¬†#positive¬†response? Definitely not me, but I’m glad it did. So, with all that being said. It’s time for a “Social Change”. I want to officially welcome you to the “social life” of¬†@LifeWriterCam. My Twitter and Instagram will both be @LifeWriterCam. I tried to change my snapchat user but the username can’t be changed on that platform. I don’t need to go as far as deleting the account and starting over. However, the name you can search to find me is Life Writer Cam.

To all of you that I have connected with; I appreciate you and thank you for embracing the transition.