Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Inspired By The People Of Tsū, The People’s Network

Sometimes there isn’t an interesting story behind a project and sometimes there is a story worth sharing. This post shares one of those worthwhile stories. A story of joining a new social network where encouragement and feedback are plentiful. 

Having spent more than a year on the social network Tsū. I’ve connected with many talented individuals. Photography is quite popular and there are hobby, amateur and professionals posting their work. I consider myself one of the amateurs sharing my photography from my DSLR camera and my iPhone. I have two accounts which is legal as long as the are for different reasons. My second page which I refer to as my business page is where I post my Zazzle information and a lot of animal (pet) related posts. 

As a matter of fact, I’m posting my “365 Day Photo Challenge” photos on my Tsū page TheAspenStand. The majority of my photographs for those posts come from my iPhone. My phone is conveniently always with me so it makes the challenge less stressful knowing I can get a shot for the day with it. I’ve received quite a bit of feedback and inspiration on this challenge.  This photo received 90 likes and 12 shares not to mention 22 comments.
Hoya Opening 
Tsū has updated several times since it’s inception in October 2014. There were many doubters about a social network that pays for your original content posts. There were and still are growing pains similar to what I’ve watched as other social networks like Twitter and Facebook grew. 

Tsū is going strong and has updated the format recently. We now have 13 Topics (subjects) ranging from Animals to Style. These Topics not only offer related posts but Channels (groups) that individual members add and manage. Some are moderated to ensure original content is posted and some are not. Under the Community Topic, there is one of many groups I follow and appreciate called #coffeetime. You’ll find coffee related photographs, recipes, articles just fun chatter about our favorite beverage. The post related to the photo below is where I schooled followers about how to warm up the caramel in a Stroopwafel. 
The Stroopwafel
You can follow public channels or just visit to see what is posted in them. There are also private channels that you can may be invited or request to join. 

When I have something interesting to post, I add it via my Tsū page TheAspenStand and select what topic or channel I want to add it to also. The post is then seen by the individuals who follow my page and those who follow the channel or topic. This new format now allows my original content posts to be seen by more individuals thus offering a chance to increase my daily earnings. 

As in other posts I’ve written about Tsū, I remind you that you aren’t going to get rich posting there. I make pennies a day generally from $.10 to $.15 if I get interactive with a couple of posts and shares of other peoples work. Truth is the most I’ve made was $.36 one day. I have stuck there because I get more interaction on my posts there than other social sites and I make some pocket change while I’m at it. I don’t get that a Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook.

The new format has made it more streamlined so you can visit and interact with friends and followers on your favorite channels. Yes, it’s going to take a bit getting used to but you already know how that is because you probably found this post via another social site that you had to learn. 

If I haven’t peaked your interest, let me know in the comments what else you would like to know. I am more than happy to help you understand it. If you like what you read, go check out either of my pages. I post mostly photography on TheAspenStand  and I share my Zazzle products / information DesignsByPatricia

Like what you see join with one of my shortcodes (links). That puts you in my Tsū network.  I can explain networks that in another post. 

Go visit the pages or leave a question about Tsū in the comments so I can help you. 


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

It's Been A Tsūper Year On The People's Network

In November 2014 I began my adventure on Tsū, the new social network that pays users for original content. It was touted by other members for earning money by posting your original content and not cut and paste items from the Internet. Photography is quite popular there, of course, since it’s visual. I figured it would be a good way to share my photography, digital art and  Zazzle products while earning some pocket change.  

As it turns out, I am only making pocket change in Tsū earnings but I have found a community of people who don’t just like a post and leave. I have posts with hundreds of likes, interesting comments and more shares on posts than I ever received on any other social network. The key to more earnings is to have an active Tsū family (people who join with my link). I don't have an active family but there are folks who do well and are very good at encouraging people to try it. 

I imagine you are thinking that’s just like Facebook right? No, I hardly ever received a lot of interaction on my Facebook business page. Additionally, Facebook makes money off of you using it and doesn’t pay you a thing. I can even donate my earnings to more than 60 charities right there on Tsū. Some members even offer their goods / products for Tsū dollars because it's simple to transfer your earning. It’s another great way to use the earnings or you can eventually cash out when you earn $100. 

With that said, I’m not leaving there like some folks because they thought it was a get rich quick scheme. Additionally, they have added groups (some that directly support charities just by activity in the group) to find an even tighter group of users who share your interests like my love of creativity. 

In January 2015, I posted on Tsū about participating in some type of personal photo challenge. After posting, I received some feedback and we discussed it further. Some took up the challenge but it didn’t last long. I decided not to do it because I didn’t want to add something else to my plate. 

This year I decided to take up that photo challenge. I decided to do it but not make it stressful by adding a photograph a day on my page from my iPhone or my DSLR. I don’t carry my DSLR everywhere so with the iPhone as backup I won’t stress over missing photos with the DSLR.

The first challenge post along with the explanation of what I plan to do includes this orchid photograph. 
flower, orchid, blossom, floral, bloom, phalaenopsis orchid, phalaenopsis
365 Photo Challenge Day 1

Join me to see how far I take this photo a day challenge. Just use my short code @TheAspenStand when you sign up to join in a truly active community. Why not, it's FREE and you might get addicted like me!

Have you ever done a year long photo challenge?
Would you consider doing one since you can start any day of the year?

Leave a comment here to let me know or join Tsū to chat with me on my page. I'll be happy to assist you in getting started.