Friendly Miss Iceland

Doesn’t we all stumble upon people on the internet that are so friendly and seems to know everyone that you wonder: “how do they do it?”

If you are on Google+ and like photography, there is a big chance that you have stumbled upon Jorunn Gudlaugsdottir. She is exactly like that. She seems to know everybody and if I post something, she is there to give a comment or maybe a +1. Of course I do the same whenever I get the time to look at her stream and then I always get impressed that she has a very high level on response from the people who follows her.

There has to be a correlation between being nice and having an enthusiastic group of followers (I would guess that she would rather call them friends).

So instead of guessing I asked Jorunn a couple of questions to get a better understand:

Q: Hi Jorunn Gudlaugsdottir! Anyone interested in photography and a part of the photo community on Google+ have for sure heard that name before – could you please introduce yourself.
A: Wow heard that name, sounds too big for me because Im just a girl from Iceland who started to take pictures exactly one year ago, yes April 2011. I live in Reykjavik capital of Iceland and work in a bank. Just love to go out in the nature and shoot and try to do that as much as possible. It really nourishes my soul. I really started to appreciate Iceland and its nature more after I started in photography and now I can see beautiful things all around me but since I can remember I always put everything I saw in frame so I guess photography has been in my mind for a long time. Hiking has also become a hobby for me so now I can combine these together which is great.

Q: I have noticed that you are very engaged at Google+, how much time do you put on the Google+ community every day?
A: Haha yes I’m engaged to G+ but true I think G+has taken over from Facebook at least I spend more time on G+ than on FB because I like the activity there and all the beautiful streams that Im able to see plus all the fabulous people over there. Hmm how much time maybe 2 or 3 hours I really don´t know 🙂

Q: Is there more places, like Flickr, Facebook and Twitter, that we can find you?
A: I’m on Flickr yes and Facebook too and my plan is to open a website or a special site for my photos in the nearest future. My links are:

Q: Do you have any tips for us that you would like to share to be better Google+ friends?
A: I think to be a good Google+ friend you have to be active and interested in what people are doing. Show that you care and “talk” to people. Its not enough just to be there doing nothing. You have to show interest and be honest and friendly with people too. What you give is what you get. That is my favourite quote in life and it goes for Google + too.

Q: My last question, who would you recommend on Google+ and why?
A: Oh this last question is too big. there are so many people that are in my favourite circle. If I name some then I feel bad if I forget someone but of course I care about the people who I have met from other Nordic Countries and so many more. I wont give you names Jonas 🙂 I would just recommend that you circle the ones that you find interesting and have interesting work for you and then the snowball starts to roll 🙂

Thank you for taking your time to give me your answers Jorunn and hopefully we all got a bit friendlier – kindness pays off!

(c) Jorunn Gudlaugsdottir


Good social media behavior

I have always wondered about why some people are more successful than others on the different social medias (Google+, Facebook and Twitter).

The idea that I had is about being a nice person – write about what is on your mind and connect that to other people’s opinions.

So, today I stumbled upon a post by David Mercer that showed me that my thinking was in the right direction:

Writing great, focused and relevant content. Sharing it socially. Making sure your blog is SEO optimized up to the wazoo. Guest blogging. Maintaining a newsletter. RSS feeds. Twitter. FaceBook. Klout. Buffer. SU.PR.

Do everything right, and you can still come out with no traffic. No interest. No comments. No tweets. It can be infuriating. Worse, it can be a waste of time and resources.

When I read that post things started to fall in place. David shows with a different mindset you can utilize other bloggers by being an asset for theirs cause and then drive traffic to your site. Spontaneously I feel this is a bit too much riding on others hard work but on the other side – I would be very glad if someone referenced to something I had said, so I guess it’s OK.

The fun part is that the effect you should see if you incorporate this behavior into your daily life is exponentially (the people you are nice to will be nice back and then their friends might notice you and..)

I’m using the different social medias to promote my photos, but that is hard when there is no one listening. But if I could mix it with my thoughts about life and the world in general, I could give you readers another feeling than the visual one – a personal touch.

Wish me luck!

Lost in the woods?

I just have to replicate on the following statement from Jonas Peterson on his Facebook page.

We’re so connected today. With everything. Everyone. But still I can’t help but think that many aspiring photographers would be better off trying to connect with the person they have within instead of desperately trying to connect with everyone on the outside. The more you worry about what they do, the less you’ll be able to do what you should do.

This morning I hit 10,000 likes for this page.

I guess it’s worth celebrating, but it also scares me.

The day I’m led by the fact that I’m being followed, I will be doomed.

I’m a big fan of the photographing art that Jonas Peterson is making and of course I figure about how he do his magic. Yes, I listen to the photographer that is inside me but for the moment that one will not make me move forward – I need input.

We have since we where born looked up to someone – a role model. Someone that we think very highly of and searching for recognition. Fame is a drug – and it bites back.

With the very open society we have now, it puts very high demands on both the apprentice and the master. You can be famous within seconds and you get a lot of apprentices but you can not answer them all (how can you? They are more than a small town!) and just guess how hard the competition is to be “seen” by the apprentices.. It has never (I guess) been easier to get in contact with people that are living legends. Send a twitter or a Facebook message and all the questions and “see me” needs can be fulfilled within seconds.

What happens in the other end? That is something that I have thought about – you pro’s must be drowning in input from all kind of social networks and still not trying to neglect your real friends (and work!).

Who is the winner? None of us. That is why I love the statement from the Jonas – listen to your inner voice, both pro and wanna bee’s. Otherwise there is a danger that the focus is lost..

Lost in the woods