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    • I know the prospect of starting something new is daunting and many of us give up after a few days of trying.
      I haven't been on 🍰 long and have had my ups and downs and feeling of insecurity here, as I'm sure the delevopers have had letting me join. 😀
      But as easy as it would have been for me to say "stuff it " and walk away , I am sticking at it, it's not really a hard place to get familiar with, for me my biggest hurdle is conversation, I'm not good at it.
      So instead of trying to be something I'm not ,I'm finding areas that I may be and more so like to be.
      PhotoArt, image post processing and manipulation has me hooked currently, and by following subjects from people who are brilliant at it is opening a whole new world.


      My advice to those of you that are skeptical, hang in there, join in conversations, how else does one learn, plus I know how to use the delete button and use it frequently 😀
      Gather around the kitchen table and learn the ingredients of cake.

      regards from one who hates cooking but loves to eat.
      JB
      PS the image is a reflection on water of a pole on a jetty .

    • Chris MacAskill

      I haven't been on 🍰 long and have had my ups and downs and feeling of insecurity here, as I'm sure the delevopers have had letting me join. 😀

      We love having you here, Julianne. It's more us watching as people come from other services. like Google+ and seeing how they adapt to our system, what they love, where we can do better, etc.

      The feeling I get when I see Google+ Australians mixing with photographers from Flickr, Instagram, dgrin, etc., in conversations like the one on reflections, is a sense that we're having a lot of fun meeting each other and comparing photos, no?

    • This is a great intro Julianne, from the heart. For others that may read this I have joined the J from G+ where she was an awesome moderator of a little community. The only thing is she doesnt do herself enough credit.

      I am not a conversationalist either. Struggle with chats and tend to ignore how to operate simple social media platforms so I never really learn properly. There, that explains a lot doesnt it?

      I have other talents, just not behind the keyboard :) I like dogs a lot. I have a medicial interest and enjoy crazy stuff like muscles, movement, form and stuff like that. I recently took up a bit of drawing to relax after a bit of a stressful patch. That last bit sounds like I like to draw nudes. well I do like nude dogs anyway :) I like photography too.

      I think its cool that @Chris contributes to something like this. It makes us newcomers feel very welcome.

    • Godriguez (a.k.a. mark rodriguez)

      i whole-heartedly agree with this.

      making the transition from what was such an influential social media platform that was G+ (at least to those of us who understood just how great it was) to trying to find something to replace that void i quickly grabbed at straws with pluspora and mewe, but quickly lost interest mostly due to a poor ui in my opinion on both and just too much clutter. this might sound weird, but cake seemed daunting in it's simplicity when i first arrived here, but now that i have been on for a few weeks now, i am seeing the benefits of that simplicity much the way G+ was a very streamlined network at least in it's early days

      and now starting to see regulars (like yourself) in conversations here it is feeling less detached and more inclusive. learning the "follow interests not people" mindset took about a day to finally kick in and now i welcome it as it takes the numbers game out of the equation and focuses on the content of interests being king

      unrelated: seems photos with reflections are what's going on here in this post as well, so here is a random shot of me reflected in a mirror that probably only photoshop users will most likely get the joke of 😁

    • We're so glad to hear this. I had a somewhat related experience on my motorcycle forum that went like this:

      1. We added the ability to like posts.

      2. Many members rebelled because it felt like we were becoming Facebook. They didn't want a popularity contest.

      3. I asked them to suffer it for a few months to see how it shook out and if we still didn't like it, we'd get rid of it.

      4. Some people started gaming it to make fun of it, so at last I gave up and removed the feature.

      5. Backlash ensued because we had discovered an unexpected benefit: it reduced noise. Instead of people posting nice things that didn't say much in response to a post, they could say it with a like. More signal, less noise.

      6. By popular demand, I brought it back. We have lived happily ever after.

      I think what people find in time by following interests is it has some real benefits. One is you get exposed to more people because you follow a thread like Reflections and Richard is there and he posts a great photo. You didn't know this guy from the UK, but you find out he's pretty interesting.

      The second is you still do see people you know & like, but you don't have to see their posts on topics you don't care about, so more signal, less noise.

      It doesn't replace Facebook, where you want to know everything your brother posts so you don't miss finding out about his new job, true, but if he's interested in photography, you can really get into it with him in a topic like drone photography.

    • I think its cool that @Chris contributes to something like this. It makes us newcomers feel very welcome.

      I think it's a natural outcome of us building what we wanted to use but couldn't find. It brightens my day to read & post here.

      Of course, like you, as we use it we are constantly asking ourselves how we make something more discoverable, how do we remove confusion & friction, etc. We'll probably do that forever. The most annoying and fulfilling thing for me is when we see something and think, hmmm, there must be a way to improve that...

    • Godriguez (a.k.a. mark rodriguez)

      i think it is a great concept and a way to set Cake apart from all the other social platforms. also, the long form post format is so refreshing as opposed to trying to cram everything into a tiny little box, it really lends itself to expounding on topics much easier especially with the ability to have in-line image linking which i think is awesome

      i am already singing it's praises to others, we will just have to wait and see if any of them migrate over

    • Thank you :) it has been a while. Every week seems a little brighter for me. Thank you for your kind words

    • I realized a few weeks ago that I could game the Twitter algorithm to have political posts I agreed with show up more frequently in my followers’ Home timeline. I know it’s worked because I’ve lost several followers there during that time frame and because the stuff I actually tweet and retweet is innocuous stuff about mathematics and problem solving.

      I am all for having an emoji like button to increase the signal to noise ratio, but I wouldn’t want to have offensive stuff show up in a “trending” timeline as Twitter is currently experiencing.

      Unfortunately, curating content by quality, rather than by the simple like voting model used on other platforms, is an inherently more labor intensive process.

    You've been invited!