HELL NO!!!

Finally, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, I thought. The other week I was approached by an online rock publication about a collaboration with me as a concert photographer. At last something happens and I might have a chance to salvage the sinking ship, sinking because of all those pesky restrictions imposed due to the Chinese affliction.

Yeah right!!!

When I recieved the agreement document they wanted me to sign the light faded instantly. They wanted exclusive rights to the images published by them and that could have been acceptable, but they wanted them without compensating me. They wanted me to provide them with unique concert photos that normally sell for between 2,000 and 5,000 USD each with exclusive rights.

Yeah, no, that ain’t gonna happen!!!

It didn’t stop there though. They wanted me to agree to surrender copyright without compensation if and when they arranged promotional shoots with artists. The usual way is that a publication (or anyone) who is an intermediary for these shoots get a finders fee, a precentage of what the photographer is paid, but the rights to the material remain with the photographer.

Yeah, no, that ain’t gonna happen either!!!

To sum it up, all I can say at this point is HELL NO!!!

Color of the year 2021

Every year Pantone selects which color that is the color of the year which influences purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings and graphic design. As a photographer I have to in some extent follow this when adding images to stock image exchanges to increase sales. Last year the chosen color was Classic Blue.

However not all home design companies are aware of these trending colors which I realized when I needed cushions for my kitchen chairs and went to the local store of the Rusta chain. There was absolutely nothing what so ever in the color blue among their home furnishing/design items. So much for me trying to be trendy

The color of the year 2021 is actually two colors, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating Yellow. Guess it’ll be a lot of sunflowers and dandelions shot this year.

Tech Messiah

People are becoming scared of the tech companies. Really scared. And they should be. AI is gonna create 60 percent unemployment. They use you and they need you, but they don’t like you anymore. Instagram makes people feel like shit about their lives. Twitter makes them feel reviled. Facebook destroyed democracy.

The problem with the people who run tech companies is that they have too much power and become fanatics, they think they’re Messiahs. The problem with these Messiahs though is that they’re false profets.

Their followers are equally bad. They’re young, arrogant and ignorant while claiming those who actually have life experience are of “the era that doesn’t know”. In fact it is they who are of that era, their era doesn’t know shit. All so f-ing political, all so woke. But they don’t know anything about history, they don’t know anything about art, they don’t know shit about music, they don’t know shit about biology, they don’t know shit about psychology, they don’t know shit about morality. Actually they don’t know shit about politics either and are not woke. They’re not even asleep, they’re comatose.

You can either be a woke sheep or think for yourself, the choice is yours…

Two of the most intelligent people to ever walk this Earth both warned us. Stephen Hawking warned us of trusting AI, it will be the downfall of us, and Isaac Asimov warned us of over confidence in technology, tech is dumbing us all down.

Non-mover

Slightly delayed here is lasts week stats update. The blog has been a non-mover the last two weeks, more or less, which is not a bad thing actually as there has been very few new posts made. To read about the ranking and such I refer you to the previous stats update Stability and move on to other matters. The reason for the few posts is simply the need to make a substantial effort building alternative income streams as not only my economy but the economy of the world in general is going down the drain due to the Chinese affliction.

The last week or so I have been concentrating primarily on building two new crypto currencies and I invite you to join me building a future income you too. We all may have missed out on the Bitcoin revolution, 1 BTC is today worth close $20,000 USD, but let’s make sure we don’t miss out on new crypto currencies.

First it’s Facebook’s very own crypto called Libra (LBR) which is in pre-launch at the moment. With UPLibra you get your own LBR for free, you get 3 LBR on signup and then there is a faucet where you can claim more. After making 50 claims you’ll get a bonus of another 3 LBR, then another 50 claims. For every new person you bring in there you also get 1 LBR. In just over a week I have gathered 27 LBR. At the pre-sale site the cost of 1 LBR is $2.06 USD at the moment and this is going up steadily day by day.

UPLibra

Second it’s a crypto called Big Byte Block (BBB) where you get 1 free node block on signup and then, if you wish, can purchase additional nodes. If not, let the one you get for free mature and re-invest those earnings in additional nodes. These will earn a 400% return on investment so for every node you have secured you can secure another 4 and each blocked node reaching maturity will also give you a BBB coin which you can exchange at the Waves Exchange for other crypto currencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum for instance.

Big Byte Block

Shortly I will be adding advertising opportunities at the blog. With between 7 and 8 thousand unique visitors each week and close to 30,000 hits/week banner advertising on the blog is a most viable option. Of course it will be a low cost advertising opportunity.

Stability

The past week I’ve been a little busy with matters unrelated to both photography and the blog, more about that further down in this post. It appears though as the blog have reached some sort of stability even without loads of posts being made and have remained more or less in the same ranking spot over the week with just minor fluctuations, it has remained between postion number 26 and 28 at Bloggportalen and is still in the Top 30. At Blogtoplist it has dropped slightly, it’s at the moment in position 12, but they measure a little differently. Bloggportalen is the ranking service that matters though as it has more blogs registered and measured.

Over the week I’ve been hard at work building a foundation for a retirement fund using crypto and some of the investments have begun paying off while others still need a little more time to reach that point. There will be loads of posts coming on this, if you want to join me on the journey to financial security without investing any money out of pocket please keep an eye on the category Crypto at http://metalphoto.blog/category/categories/comm/crypto/ for tips on where to go, what to do and what not to do. By all means, feel free to join the sites linked and start building your own crypto future as well.

New week begins tomorrow, let’s see how far the blog can go then. Next goal is to reach Top 20 at Bloggportalen. Thank you all for visiting, you are all part of the success.

On the rise

Although it has been a somewhat slow week here at the blog, I’ve been a little occupied with fixing errors in the scripts and also getting the crypto crap rolling, the ranking remain being on the rise. At Bloggportalen I am now ranked as number 27 which takes me to the Top 30 in Sweden. At Blogtoplist, the smaller ranking service, I’m at position 10 so there I am in the Top 10.

New week begins tomorrow, let’s see how far the blog can go then. Next goal is to reach Top 20 at Bloggportalen. Thank you all for visiting, you are all part of the success.

Rewritten

What a day it has been. Installed a couple of plugin modules to the blog script and with my luck two of them didn’t play well with each other. I wanted exactly those two as there aren’t any other with just those features I wanted so there was only one thing to do, sit myself down and start doing some reprogramming to get them to work together. It has taken me over 12 hours of rewriting the modules as well as changing necessary bits of the script itself. Hence the massive silence from my end today.

Working hard or hardly working?

Sudden jump

Sunday and I’m here for the weekly update on the stats. In the beginning of the week the blog reached a smashing rank of 32, that’s quite a jump from last weeks position which was 43. This means that I have gotten myself into the Top 40 at Bloggportalen (with approximately a third of all blogs in Sweden registered and thereby the largest ranking service).

At Blogtoplist (with 34.000+ blogs listed) the blog is now ranked as number 1 in the category Image Blogs and in all categories combined it is now ranked as number 22. This means that here I’m in the Top 30 already.

New week begins tomorrow, let’s see how far the blog can go then. Next goal is to reach Top 30 at Bloggportalen and Top 20 at Blogtoplist. It may take an extra week to do so though as for part of this last week the tracking haven’t been working properly due to a scripting error at the blog so the current ranking isn’t quite correct, an error which now has been dealt with.

Thank you all for visiting, you are all part of the success.

Steady pace

The incline has slowed down a bit, at these levels you don’t rise to glory just as quickly as you do at the lower ranks, but it has gone forward at a steady pace. The blog has gone from ranking as number 46 to now being ranked as number 43 at Bloggportalen. At Blogtoplist it has also climbed a bit and alternate between the number 1 and 2 position in the category Image Blogs, but in all categories combined there it is now ranked as number 27.

Still aiming for the next goal to rank in the Top 40 at the larger ranking service, Bloggportalen, while at Blogtoplist it’s now in the Top 30. A new week begins tomorrow, let’s see how far the blog can go then. Thank you all for visiting, you are all part of the success.

Through the roof

It’s been an odd week for me with a lot of work offline and with other things online than blogging, not so much photography done either I’m afraid. Still the stats are pretty nice though, the ranking at Bloggportalen have gone from 59 to 46 and is currently balancing a little between 46 and 47. Yep, I’m in the Top 50 now, next goal is to get into the Top 40.

At Blogtoplist the blog is ranked as number 2 in the category Image Blogs for the second week running and in all categories combined it is now ranked as number 35. In this ranking list I’m already in the Top 40. Yep, I’m going through the roof.

Bloggportalen is more interesting though as more than a third of blogs in Sweden is registered here, 160,000+ compared to 34,000 at Blogtoplist. New week begins tomorrow, let’s see how far the blog can go then. Thank you all for visiting, you are all part of the success.