There was a fire this afternoon in South Holyoke. A garage burned up, and some poor guy suffered burns. I totally missed it. (Hey, It's not like someone is paying me for this.) It's the third Fire in South Holyoke in as many weeks.
Two of my photos from last week's fire are in this week's edition of the Holyoke Sun. I freely share my photos at Flickr, but even before they were printed, journalist and friends were telling me I should get paid for my work. I've always been happy to share, and it's a nice ego boost to see your photography on the front page of a local newspaper.
Fellow blogger Max Hartshorne, who has writing talent I would kill for, posted a story that got me thinking about my photography, and why nothing good stays free for long.
Max posted: "It sounded like such a good idea: develop a print magazine using reader-contributed stories and photos. And let the readers vote on which articles would make it into print. Sort of like Digg."
That doesn't sound like a very good business model. What if all submissions that month are crap? And they are going to be crap. Because anyone who produces good content will quickly run into someone who helps them monetize it, and they won't be giving away their content anymore.
Digg. com has suffered from this effect. When it first started it was great. Lot's of interesting stuff. Then some of the good contributors created their own sites. During the last election cycle it was flooded with political opinion stories. How many ways can someone say they don't like Bush, A lot apparently. Diggs rankings have Subsequently fallen dramatically.
This leaves me with the realization that as my photography, and writing skills improve I will be increasingly solicited by people who want my content for their publications.
Funny thing, while writing this story, fellow Crusher Thomas posted a comment on my crush page. Thomas says: "I like your eye for photos and news. Several years ago in the mid 1990's I published a local news paper in the Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield and nearby communities. Wish I had known you then. You do good work friend."
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