Monday, March 26, 2018
F.A.Q. - Soles of Silk Social Media
Two weeks ago the Soles of Silk Instagram account (@SolesofSilk) hit 30,000 followers. That number is double what the account had at this time last year. Things have really taken off, which sees me fielding more questions and comments than ever before.
Overall, the majority of people I interact with on social media are good people. They enjoy the photos and models I post and wish to share that with me. I have always liked hearing from people and that is happening more so now that ever before. Then... there is the other side of the story.
With this increase of followers I have begun to field more ignorant and lazy people than ever before. Some take zero effort to know anything about me, or my site. They'll ask me questions that are clearly stated in my profile, or in some cases, will ask me the same information again and again over the course of weeks. Many don't pay attention to who they're messaging and some will literally copy and paste the same fantasy/question over and over to me. I assume they send it to every account associated with every photo they like, hoping to get someone to bite.
I fully understand that with the good comes the bad. So please keep that in mind when reading these F.A.Q.s (frequently asked questions) below. Some will tell you answers to questions that might not be apparent. Others, quite honestly, are a little snarky because they're intended for those annoying people who waste my time and even insult me when they don't like the answer they're given. If you're not one of them, the snarkiness is not intended for you.
Q. Do you run a site?
A. Yes. It's clearly shown in my profiles, but since most people don't read that, here is the URL: www.solesofsilk.com
Q. What social media accounts do you run?
A. Right now, Soles of Silk can be found on Instagram (@SolesofSilk), Twitter (@SolesofSilk), and Blogger (SolesofSilkProd.BlogSpot.com).
Q. Are you a man, or a woman?
A. Again, shown in the profiles that most people do not read. I'm a man.
Q. Where are you located?
A. The general region is listed in my profiles (surprise). As for exacts, no, I'm not telling you.
Q. Does <insert model's name> have her own account?
A. If any of my models have an account for their fans, I will tag them in the captions. If there is no tag, then I will not give out that model's personal information for you to contact her. You will have to understand this and I will not bend on it. Any continued pressure, no matter how much of an "awesome" guy you are, will cause an immediate block.
Q. Can I buy worn footwear from <insert model's name>?
A. I do not sell any footwear through Soles of Silk. I do not meet up with my models on a regular basis, so keeping up with the demand is not something that I could keep up with. If a model has her name tagged in the caption, feel free to ask her if she sells it on her own.
Q. Do any of your models meet fans?
A. If the model's name is tagged, then you can ask them. If not, then no.
Q. Can I, or my wife/girlfriend, model for you?
A. While I do shoot mostly my friends, or friends of those friends, I am open to entertaining the possibility of shooting you, or your wife/girlfriend. Please know, however, that I run my site on the side and it is not my full time job. I do not travel too often, so unless you find yourself in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region, then it will mostly likely not happen. Please refer to my Modeling page for more information about shooting for Soles of Silk.
Q. If I shoot for you, do I have to show my face?
A. Yes. Sorry, this is something I require. I understand anyone who would not want to do this and their reasons for it. If that is the case, then shooting for Soles of Silk is not going to happen and I wish you the best of luck.
Q. Where can I find more photos of <insert model's name>?
A. Umm? Have you tried Soles of Silk? You know, the site the account represents?
Q. (see above) No, I meant for free.
Q. Do you mind if I repost one of your photos?
A. Not at all. I ask three things of those of you wishing to do this. 1. Do not remove and/or replace my watermarks with any of yours. 2. Tag @SolesofSilk in the caption. 3. Do not misrepresent my models by adding fantasy tags, wording, or any other items into the images or captions.
Q. I found your images on some random site/account. Why are you (or your fans) tagging your site in the posts I made?
A. Since I took the photos, I'm tagging myself in your reposts. I also have fans of mine who regularly find my work on other people's accounts and feel that I should be tagged and do so out of the kindness of their heart. Just because you found someone's photos, doesn't mean they're "yours." You just found them and I, or we, properly identified them. If anything, you should be happy because since you liked said image, now you know where it came from and you can see more of the model... Well, unless you're up to shady stuff.
Q. Can you give me a shout out on your page?
A. As much as I would like to, I do not do shout outs. I keep my social media accounts themed to topics related to Soles of Silk. I get dozens of requests for shout outs, sometimes even daily. If I were to shout everyone out, it would bury my own posts that promote my site.