Why Creativity And Not Begging Would Get You Far in SteemitsteemCreated with Sketch.

in photography •  8 months ago

Asking for help seem to be "becoming a trend" these days. Charity is one proof of love, caring and sharing but my folks taught me - "charity when forced is no longer charity"- it's close to extortion.

It's freaking easy to help specially if you are able isn't it? However, helping someone too often could lead the person to become too dependent. Too dependent is not a good thing to develop - its the road to parasitism and creating an overly dependent community would hamper each individual's capacity to become the best that they can ever be. I don't think we would ever want that to happen. Do we?

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If you have noticed I've resteemed two contests the last time I was here. I was hoping the begging spams in my chat would stop but I guess sometimes messages need to be worded and I'm trying my best to be as polite in doing so as possible.

Can you see the caterpillars below? Yes, they are all chewing on one brocolli leaf. When I saw them they gave me an idea of what to post. Unfortunately, I couldn't due to my very busy sched.

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See, @papa-pepper is running a contest and is throwing away his generosity in this post. When I took that pic it was during the night so taking a pic with a paper that shows my account name on it wasn't an option so I went back last Saturday to take another one at day time.

I resteemed it so the people spamming me in the chat would find a way to earning Steem the creative way. There are so many opportunities knocking on your doors you just have to open your eyes and find a way to do something to meet them. By the way, here's a video as a proof that I did take those pics which would pass as a proof. Yes, that's one of the rules. I read the posts people I follow throw here and sometimes, I upvote and comment on it.

This afternoon, I was still recuperating from fever, soar throat and chills in my garden when this lil' fellow showed up.

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It gave me the chance to have a second entry.

Yes, that's his lunch on his mouth. Here's the video of proof.

As a bonus, he decided to land on my hand and flew away when he's finished eating.

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Why did I join? I would never say no to anyone's generosity and I have often written this line as a comment. However, whether I win or not doesn't matter. I had so much fun watching these lil' creatures do their stuff specially the damselfly. It's very seldom that one catches a damsel fly having lunch and to be able to capture and show it to you is I believe - what makes this post valuable. I haven't surfed the net to check if there's any footage of such a thing on the net but I don't think there's much. Most of the time they're just showing them laying their eggs in the water.

See ...you can say well, you have a lot of SP so you should help me or .. look for authors hosting contests, challenges and throwing gifts on their posts if you are after scoring some Steem but in my experience and the many authors who have been here for a year and are pioneer in posting here, it's mostly creativity that brought us this far and is still giving a lot of people a break through. Begging is never a solution. It could fend people off and you may actually unconsciously be pushing them away if you go on doing so.

Is it easy to be creative? Yes! If you believe that it is. It's all a matter of thinking out of the box, stepping out of your comfort zone, doing something that has never been done or posted in here and and being open to growth. Yes, yes, there are many other values to possess when Steemiting and if you could choose some more choose positive ones only. Those that would make you grow and take you far down the road in this community.

Before you click that submit story or even draft that novel you wrote - ask yourself .. and put yourself into your readers shoes... - what value could you get out of your post? If there's none then don't be surprised that no one paid you a visit.

I took each pic and both video with my Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 and no cute little creatures on plants were harmed in making this post.

Have you been Steemiting for a long time? Would you attest that it's creativity and not begging that got you this far?

edit : spelling correction



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Dear @englishtchrivy......you have been missed.

So sorry to hear you have been poorly.

Lovely photographs and videos.....good luck with the contests.

Keep the damselflies coming.....Steemians cannot get enough of them.

There is a principle for the topic here.....One must be able to discern when support becomes enablement. It is a fine line. Hold that line....

Wishing you and yours all the best. Abientotlater. ^_^

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thank you!
oh - not so bad :)
now doing well .. had to rest really been acting like a bee the past days
but we also need to attend to our social life don't we?
this one is with really good friends - the ones you want to have in your life
for the very reason that I resonate with the many of them plus they exude positivity and no small talks
I totally agree with that principle !..
We very much like to support everyone here, too isn't it? However, in order to get help one must help one's self first, too !

As for the damselflies - he was trying to smile while holding on to his food! hahaha
only that guy can pull that off how does he do that? it's even bigger than his mandibles haha
he eats quietly though must have learned some etiquettes :D

Merci Mon ami!

Aw sorry to hear you have been ill lass. I completely agree with your post. It puts people off when they are cold called in chat.

Nice damselfly shots!

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much thanks haha
had a crazy busy super fun weekend which led to sleeping late and short and getting wet in the rain was no ideal bonus :D though it was sure fun, too
I guess they found another way instead of going through your wallet :)
through the chat
plus lamenting on their posts .. I find complain containing posts very unattractive plus I try to stay away from those, too - energy is contagious lamenting sounds miserable - no thanks!

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I totally get you. There are quite a few of them and they do suck the life from you. I am all for the occasions where everyone rallies around but there are a lot of posts these days just out and out panhandling! Now they do it in the wallet a well sigh

At least you had a super fun weekend!! :0)

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I don't mind helping - it feels good to do so anyway
that's what we've been doing isn't it?
but if it's forced and it already feels like a gun is being pointed at you - it kind'a gives you a heaving heart - that's when helping becomes sort'a forced = fake- no fun isn't it?

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That is the equation that sums it up.

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I agree. I want the unpleasant bot to disappear

I hope that at the moment you are much better, You are very right in what you say, here we have to work hard and try to do our best, set as a goal to improve day by day, as an old friend said "A better always better, Level of exigency, eagerness of perfection "
Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful images and their corresponding videos.
I wish you a speedy improvement dear friend @englishtchrivy

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thank you !
I totally agree :) except for the work hard part :) not all the time ;) there's also that work smart :)

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When I said hard, I meant the content, control before publishing, publishing, interacting with people, answering the messages in your post, visiting other jobs, that takes permanence and time, is not only published and ready. Maybe it's the word instead of, hard, no doubt intelligence is essential in these things.

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hahaha okay okay I got you :)
and I agree :D

Hope you are feeling better :-)
Posts with value are definitely key...so are comments with value! Which brings me to ask...how do you get those awesome close-up shots? I definitely cannot do that in such detail with my iphone. My guess is you are using a 'real' camera??

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I am :)
took a homeopathic meds
and slept till 1 pm this afternoon
can you imagine?
aching back but fever's all gone
napped earlier this evening now can't sleep haha
tsk tsk tsk
no I really took them with my Samsung Galaxy A3 - it has an 8MP camera
both pics and videos were taken with the same phone
if you click on the video - utube usually adds the medium on the details I can't fake that
so does the pic
if you download it - and click on properties it would show you which phone or camera was used to take it

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I just love the close-up photos...I think I need assess the need to get a 'real' camera :-)

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thanks a lot!
or you could buy a phone with a good one
how about the same phone?
these days it costs less than 200 euro - open sim
dont know how much it is in dollars though .. maybe 190?
still cheaper than an Iphone 6
still cheaper than a DSLR or a canon D7 - I'd really like to have that ..

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i have an iphone 6+ It just doesn't do those close-ups. Maybe it's just an app? hmmm, gonna look into that

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no really :)
it's 100 pure organic Samsung Galaxy A3 2016 phone cam :)

Awesome post, totally agree @englishchrivy

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thank you!
I haven't seen you in while!
i hope you are well!
am glad to find you here!

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Thank you. Yeah I haven't been feeling well for a while, but trying to keep making some money lol. Take care

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be well :)
dropped by your page no post it seems
a lot of resteems :)

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There are post but yes some resteemed

amazing post as always and I agree with all your words.
Also, amazing pictures and video's!

I am glad you are feeling better again. Being sick asks a lot from your body so the fact that you took rest is a good thing!

You have been missed!

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aw! dank je wel!
.. iets gek gedaan :D
maar komt allemaal goed
alles goed?
lang niet gezien! maar .. ik ben ook vaker absent :D

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Iets geks doen is altijd leuk! lol
Ik merk inderdaad dat je vaker afwezig bent.
Met mij gaat het allemaal prima.
Lekker bezig van alles en nog wat!
Hopelijk binnen kort een grote verandering :D Maar ik kan nog niet vertellen wat hahahha

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I have only just started posting on steemit a couple of days ago, and already, I have rediscovered my love of photography! (after looking back through my folders, after leaving them 'gathering dust' for a while).
I'm looking for new camera now ! great post

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thank you and good luck!

Pictures of bugs...really creative!

Very creative and you have a good blog for today.
I really enjoy the beauty of your work is my friend @englishtchrivy

You are right! The only good way is to be creative. It's hard but it's possible. It needs just a lot of efforts and patience. Only in this case the person will have a success.

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it's not the only way, no .. there are many ways
but rather do so than go begging

Did you feed him? Those damsels won't usually linger near anyone let alone have his dinner on one's hand!!

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no no no .. hahha I took the video first and then on my first video I actually touched that guy but I forgot to mention @papa-pepper's name so I took another one.
That guy and his mate has been in the garden for weeks - plus his friends too
so I guess they're used to me
or I must be that skinny he thought am a stick?

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Probably the last one lolsss

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:P lols
wala ka post? matutulog naku
antok na me nyt nyt n
duty k?

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Demanding kah! Hirap nga ko eh. xoxo

Its an ancient problem. Maybe you can even force people to read, but nothing can force them to understand.

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can we force them not to beg?

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well only in person, because they wont read it. and if we flag them, ,they will get pissed, but still wont read.

Good article ..it is all about content being king!

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thanks !
exactly ^ ^!

I fully agree about being creative to get you further along on your Steemit journey. I started with sharing my 3D modeling projects and had some early success - I was picked for Curie on one of them and thought I'd got it made. Similar rewards were not forthcoming, but instead of lamenting or going round with my hand out, I have joined the fiction-workshop on PALnet and have learned to write fiction. I am doing ok, but more than that have a new found love for writing.

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thank you for attesting
there you go - cest' la vie :)
what matters most is you made your breakthrough without begging right?

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Exactly.

speaking of creative- here is my newly built, and painted, american civil war, old house ( and walls and fences) For my 25mm scale wargaming .
I love building models.

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Very true

Great post, I'm new here, and i agree with you, i might not get many upvotes and views, but it's not like i keep posting, i don't think the right way to get exposure is begging for upvotes and resteem, when you create quality content, people will notices, and the path to success is a marathon, not a sprint.

Not only are these very good entries, your point is timely and far too valid in this post (unfortunately).

Job well done! Thank you!

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Thank YOU!

Hi @englishtchrivy, those are some great shots of the dragonfly looking critter! Good luck with your entries.

I couldn't agree more; always choose creativity over begging. I'm not even going to discuss the soulless con artists I've seen in my first two months here on Steemit, let's talk about the other end of the spectrum!

We are creative beings! Our minds are firing connections as we read and communicate. When we create, we share with the universe. We can cast ideas around the globe in nanoseconds thanks to the Internet. Our interactions drive creation and we are natural born creators. This modern world was not built by beggars. It was built by creators.

Rather than asking for followers, I try to give a reason for someone to follow me. That makes perfect sense (to me), but some seem to think that incessantly begging is the answer to 'building bridges'. Little do they know they are torching the rope bridge..🔥😆

This was a dynamite phrase that made me read on and ultimately want to give you a high five through my iPad.:

It's freaking easy to help specially if you are able isn't it? However, helping someone too often could lead the person to become too dependent. Too dependent is not a good thing to develop - its the road to parasitism and creating an overly dependent community would hamper each individual's capacity to become the best that they can ever be.

Boom! That is better than I could've put it. One saying that I keep in the back of my mind - Protégés want what you know, Parasites want what you have.

Earned a follower - because I like your wit and critter photos
Only thing I'll ever beg of you: only follow me if you brought directions; I might be lost 😂

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thank you
:)
funny, we seem to be attending the same seminars?
I wonder if you are actually one of my "warrior" friends

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My pleasure, @englishtchrivy, My wife says that my stubbornness and resilinecy alone make me a warrior..haha
You attend seminars with like-minds and you have warrior friends? I like you already 😎. We are gonna get along famously

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yes :)
hahah
i actually thought you are one of my friends in a certain .. club
anyway, am damn glad to bump along with you

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Likewise..
Who knows, we might be ;)

Gorgeous pictures!

Indeed, be creative, express who you are and what you belief in. No guarantee for big payouts, but it sure is more fun that way. :-)

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i want both :P

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That would be awesome. :-)

Great photos of the damselfly. I agree with you sentiment, thanks for sharing.
I hope you feel better soon.

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thank you!

I agree with you. Dignity is much more important than steem. I think there are too many in this platform ..... pucher distributing steem as a drug to create steem-dependent communities. But they do not care about the cultural growth of people and do not take into account the quality of content. In this they have many responsibilities for important users ....
You did some beautiful photos! I can never photograph these insects ... ah Have a good day, my friend @englishtchrivy

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thanks
am sure you can ;)

It is a nice caterpillar photo. My child likes insects and I am interested in this beautiful caterpillar.
Insects will nurture children's creativity.

Good information brother, as always I follow all your post, a big greeting from @joserc.vzla

Yes, give the man fish and all.
Does asking people to follow and upvote count as asking for help?😎

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give a man a fish and all? hmmm
no that's spamming :)