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Good day to all you wonderful creators and artists!
Thank you all for your considerations, conversations and expressions.
Thank you all for your votes.
I have learned volumes in the last 5 days. I have had a 400% increase of visitors to my photographs from entering this competition this, my second year, a valued increase from my first year. When I began this competion I had 59 new visitors and I can tell you, I have not introduced my self individually nor messaged 400 people.
I find that I have met many new artists, viewed countries, dreams, loves and thoughts. I have visited many galleries personally and will continue to do so from the list of those who have responded to my vote solicitation. My photo has to date 178 views, not all from those who were also soliciting for votes. My photo has 110 votes to this date and time of posting. Most of my personal family and friends – which is not really that vast – have found they could not easily vote for my entry without joining Face book which they do not want to do, nor do they subscribe to signing over authority to their information and friend’s list and I agree with that. So that being said, not all my votes are from everyone whom I may have contacted or from whom have contacted me.
There are 3,300 entrants in this competition for recognition as a way of increasing views and potential sales. I have had apparently a fair volume of secret voters and that is nice to know.
I have found through meeting some of you, so far, that You each have way more to offer than just a fling of a vote exchange. I have found other connections and contacts in areas most unexpected and delightful. This is indeed about networking and since this, most recently, I am being assisted in areas way beyond an art competition and this has become more valuable than gold. Remember there are real people with real lives on the other side of your cyber-space screen. I do read your Bios, vote for your other images as well as leave comments and view your galleries and will continue to do so.
I still have some votes to offer and you can message me if you would like.
Here is the link to my photo. Thank you in advance for your consideration.