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Today is my first anniversary as a pro member, and one year and 2 days after my first of many photos were uploaded. 46,726 views. 320 Explore. Those are the statistics. Easily measurable by the FLickr machines. But here’s what’s not so easy to measure:
The friends I’ve made. All of you. From all across this country…(OREGON, Seattle, Florida, New Jersey, Arizona to name just a few states) to Canada, Greece, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Austria, France, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Italy, Poland, Philippines and beyond. I so want to mention names but it would take too long and I would hate to leave anyone out. You know who you are!!
Here’s what’s not measurable: The thousands of times I have laughed over your pictures or your comments about mine. (And laughter is what life is about.) And the dozens of times I have cried over your photos or your descriptions that have deeply touched me. AND the thousands of times I have opened your photos and just sat back in awe. Breathless at what you’ve seen and shared, at your incredible talent.
Here’s what’s not measurable: the sense of community. The phone call from a contact in Texas asking to spread the word that she got through the hurricane safely…and the huge relief from HER contacts at hearing the news. The support from so many of you when I posted hallelujah sky photos.. The letters! Dusting off my French language non-skills, sharing ideas about world views and laughing over American and British slang. Exploring the reasons we capture WHAT we capture…and what it says about us. Learning about insects and birds and flowers. Discovering that the person I thought was a woman was a man…..learning that 2 contacts I thought were lesbians were each married….! Supporting some in their new business endeavors….supporting another in his fight to find a cure for diabetes….worrying about long-distance contacts with serious health problems….and ones closer to home who struggle with family issues.
I can’t really measure all of those things but I do know that Flickr means Community as much as it means Photos. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments, for your generous faves, for your friendship.
Sorry for the long, blog-ish type of narrative this morning…but just one more thing…
I have non-FLickr, non-photography friends who wonder at this passion/obsession with Flickr. Is it normal?
And I answer…it’s FABULOUS. Normal doesn’t matter!