Friday, March 20, 2015

5 Reasons You Should Know About Why I Am On Tsū

Tsū, social media, social, social site
Tsū It For You
I am going to guess that you have not heard all the positive news about the new social media site Tsū (pronounced Sue) or you would be there right now. I say that because there's a Tsū chat on Twitter, there have been media pieces by ABC, SiriusXM, Fox Business, FoxNews, and other media sites along with so many site members sharing information with the public about this fast growing social media platform. I'm very happy on Tsū and want to let you in on some facts about the site. Here are five reasons I am an early adaptor on Tsū and happy I jumped on board.


I'm on multiple social media sites and have never had so much engagement on my posts. Not only do people engage on the posts they actively share the posts which is more activity than I get on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and when my Facebook page was published. Don't get me wrong, I'm still happy to be on the others but I am ecstatic with the interaction I get on Tsū. I used to spend a LOT of time updating and attempting to engage on my Facebook page but only a few folks ever participated.


I am still marketing my Zazzle products as my Tsū (short code) identification, TheAspenStandis the same as the blog and store name. I was recently asked for some product designs by another Tsū member. I was ecstatic someone reached out to me. I do keep the 80 / 20 percentage of marketing to socializing which is no different from other social media sites.

Earnings For Content

You read that correctly. I earn money via the Tsū algorithm for views on all my posts. Initially a lot of folks joined thinking it was a shot at getting rich quick. Believe me that most of us aren't going to get rich but I remind you that you don't get paid from Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest for just posting your content. In the four months that I've been on Tsū, I've earned a bit over $11. Members can keep the money and cash out at $100. I have now donated $10 to Tsū charities. Donating is as simple as a click and verification that you want to donate. That is a great segue to my next topic. 


There are a variety of Tsū members that are verified charities such as Charity Water, Tuesday's Children, Viet Dreams Charity and Detroit Water Brigade. The founder and CEO ran a challenge for Charity Water, one of the original charities. Tsū members and the staff input were enough to fund a $6000 hand dug water well in Ethiopia that will be named "Tsū". Members are encouraging more charities to get on board and members are very giving.

Engaged Staff

Have you ever received a comment from the CEO of a social media site? I'm sure the answer for most of us is that we haven't. Right now it is not unusual to see Tsū CEO Sebastian Sobczak and other staff members commenting on a member's post and sharing member's posts. They are engaged and keep a keen eye on the atmosphere jumping in to offer guidance and information. 

So why aren't you there? Tsū is by invitation only so I'm happy to have you join me with my invitation. Go here to sign up (the link is also called a short code) and you become one of my Tsū children. Yes, there is a family tree but that is for another post. I'll help guide you in the right direction since I've been there and have learned the ropes. 

What are you waiting for go sign up for Tsū. But if you have any questions head to the comments and let me know. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Photo Textures and Ideas How To Use Yours

I am a big fan of close-up photos and often take close ups of textures. I'll take them with whatever I'm carrying be it my DSLR or phone camera. 

So how do we describe texture. The Free American Dictionary's second definition offers "The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts."

Wikipedia offers it as "Surface finish, also known as surface texture or surface topography, is the nature of a surface as defined by the 3 characteristics of laysurface roughness, and waviness. It comprises the small local deviations of a surface from the perfectly flat ideal (a true plane)."

Here are some recent textures that I shot in a variety of locations. The first one was debri with a mixture of concrete and red brick I saw near a shoreline.  I really like this for the contrast not only in the texture but in the color. 

I use Canva to make many quote posts for social media and that is how I used this textured background.  

I took this photograph with my DSLR during an Alaska vacation. I have a lot of lichen photos from my surroundings in northern Arizona and loved the contrast in texture and color on this one.

I love to try something different in photo post processing. If you haven't yet, play around with layering on photographs. I used the above texture as a reduced transparency layer over this flower photograph to give it a unique texture.

Unfortunately, I don't remember where I took this photograph but since it's pine bark, I'm guessing it is from the surroundings of a hike in northern Arizona. 

I used the pine bark with an additional color layer to get the texture on this photograph of a bouquet where I focused on the purple statice. I did a lot of changing transparency levels and testing color layers to achieve this result. 

This photograph was taken of stone along a walkway at Yellowstone National park. I took quite a few in different sections giving me a variety of designs.

Sometimes I think a texture might go well with a particular quote. In this case, I felt the quote about cold was so appropriate for a cold feeling gray stone. So I added the quote to his particular photograph of the many I actually shot in Yellowstone. 

I remind you to observe your surroundings with enthusiasm and awe like a child. I was reading a plaque in Fort Lauderdale when I looked closer at the solid rectangular concrete support and noticed it was mixed with sea shells. This made for some great shots. This is just one of many I photographed.

Just like the previous use of the texture as a quote background, I went into Canva and added a simple text quote, reduced the transparency of the photograph and saved it for use on my TsuFacebook business page, Twitter and Google+

Once you start thinking about it, you'll begin to find textures you may not have noticed all around you. Go out and have fun, shoot, check them out later and play with them in your choice of photo editing software.

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