Got a personal and really, quite sad email from one of the image libraries that I subscribe to. Jane the owner is having to close it down and a consequence of this is that she will lose everything. Now I've been with them for 5 years and although I've sold some I'd hardly say that the effort of getting images up, online, keyworded and for sale has been reflected in the amount of money I've earned. problem being is that I was one of the major contributors, now if I'm not selling then heaven help the smaller subscribers, the trade off of course is that they only make money if I make money and in this overstuffed, far too much, images coming out of every orifice virtual world in which I and many others inhabit is ease of choice, image snatching and low prices - and the sheer volume of images out there. This isn't the first online image seller I've had close down and I'm sure there will be more and more casualities. But in this arms length, vitual world of dealing with business that we inhabit, it's always sad that on a personal scale, loss and business failure will always be part of trying to earn a living. Look at the High Street and the amount of empty property, okay difficult to define what real estate there is on the internet but I'm sure if you rubbed Googles tummy enough you'd be able to find that business failure on the web is probably very similar, we just don't get left with a shuttered property, maybe a vacant address. Behind each one will be people like Jane, they've put everything into making something work and find that ultimately, it dosn't
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...