Take a Shelfie Not a Selfie
I've talked about the Art of the Shelfie before, but I had a recent rant I just wanted to share with you. I started with "Hey girl" as a nod to the "Hey girl" meme and my preoccupation with the hit book, "Girl, Wash Your Face" by
You know what's great about having a professional Twitter & Instagram? You can just focus on the kids. (It should already be our focus, right?) But it's sometimes kinda comforting to hide behind the kids. Social Media shy? Take pics of your kids being awesome & post them. Not sure about photo consent? Take pics over their shoulders, they'll recognize their shoulders, hair, & hands!
To quote the wise Dalton in the cinematic Oeuvre that is the movie Roadhouse: Opinions vary. Of course it's OK to take a selfie now and then! But when the focus is off the kids, I question. Do you want kids to see that you're as self-obsessed as they can be or should you model a generous focus and an outward pointing lens?
No One is Making You Take Selfies......or let me say it this way....
I usually only take pics of myself when a kid comes back to visit from High School or College or if a kid asks to take a selfie with me. It also sometimes happens at conferences, I get a little tongue tied about that but always am flattered & a good sport.
And you think that I would be better at doing selfies, since I've been doing them since like MySpace, right? But I always look at where I'm hitting the button and not the actual camera. Doh!
It's not that I don't think that I'm adorable and that I'm not you know, totally vain. Cause I probably am. I kinda hint at that in my Twitter profile, right? It's just that I'm seeing WAY too many of our faces lately, and not our kiddos faces.
It's as bad as having your own hashtag. Have you ever noticed that as "ridiculously humble" as I am that I don't use a #DaringLibrarian or #GwynethStories hashtag? THAT is kind of presumptuous, self-involved, and vain. I'm just sayin.
Ok, I guess I'm passionate about this subject because I usually try to sound more supportive and not so judgey.
Push the positive, and Change the World. vThis is a great quote!
(Suspiciously touched up rare selfie with visiting former student - thank you PicMonkey!)
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