Do The Right Thing : Say NO To Spreading Work Without Credit

Copyright SymbolHere’s one more TIP on intellectual copyright. I’m an advocate for the arts, and 100% believe that artists, creatives and photographers must receive credit (and pay) for their work.

What can YOU do online to help protect the careers of artists, creatives and photographers? It’s plain good karma. The right thing to do is to not steal images online.

Here’s one thing that I do. If I see something posted online on a social network that does not have a photographer credit, I post a friendly question “Who is the photographer?” … right in the comment thread or post. It’s a simple way to bring attention to the issue without a big fuss. Sometimes people are not aware, and then I suggest that they add the artist/photographers name and link to their website. Many will happily apologize and do that. Others, shockingly, do not care.

Great images bring tremendous traffic to websites and Facebook pages and social networks.

Artists and photographers work hard to create that work.

Others do not have the right to use that work without permission, or to receive pay or credit from that work without going through the proper channels. Even if a business is “only” receiving extra traffic as a result of images used without permission, they are receiving profit from someone else’s hard work. (and livelihood)

Not OK.

Ask permission to use images, pay for images, and at minimum, credit the original source of the content creator with their full name and a link back to their website, and let them know that you did so.

Stand up for each other online. Let’s work together on this. Stand up for other artists and photographers. Demand that business owners and bloggers give credit where credit is due.

Do the right thing. Be An Advocate for the Arts.

Say NO to spreading work online which does not have credit included.

P.S. And that includes Pinterest. Say NO to spreading and creating pins and boards that do not credit the artist/photographer/designer who created the original work.

— Brenda Johima
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing

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Intellectual Copyright is a HOT Topic Right Now and it Should Be

Copyright SymbolIntellectual copyright is a HOT topic right now and it should be. The very livelihood of artists and content creators is at risk. If you jumped into Pinterest (as I did) or onto any social network which may not be crediting the original source (artist/photographer) I’m asking you to login and delete any images that are without credit to the original source.

I personally AM Double-Checking everything and will delete any pins or posts that are not crediting the artist. Here’s another option that has been around for awhile : Link With Love

— Brenda Johima
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing

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Twitter TIP : It’s Your Job To Reach Out To Others

JOHIMA social media + marketing thumbnail logoTwitter #TIP : Before you unfollow someone because they have not followed you back, send them an @ reply, say HI and strike up a conversation. 90% of the time they follow back.

(Twitter can be frustrating and confusing for those starting out and new to Twitter, or even for “old-timers” who expect a follow-back) Remember this :

  1. It takes time to build a following, and that’s OK. That’s no different than life. Usually we grow our business and friendships one person at a time, and once in awhile we are lucky enough to get a quick build of a group of people all at once.
  2. When you follow people on Twitter with a large following, they just might have been too busy to get to check their new followers and to follow you back.
  3. They might want more time to check you out, your profile, your website, your Tweets and see if they are of value to them to read and then to build a relationship with you.
  4. They might already be checking you out by following you on a private list to decide if they are going to follow you back.
  5. They may never follow you back, but may simply follow your Tweets on a list instead. That’s OK too. It’s your job to reach out and connect with whoever you want to talk to. Again, just like life. It’s all in your hands, it’s your responsibility.

So the moral of the story is … if you like someone, and find them interesting, follow them anyway. Otherwise you lose out on learning with the expectation that they return the favor immediately. They may, later. They may not, ever.

Bottom line, it’s about you following people that you like, love, learn from, and like what they have to say, or what they believe in.

Have FUN! I’m @brendajohima and @johima on Twitter … Do Say HI. I would love to connect with you there.

— brenda johima
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing

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I’m Speaking at WordCamp Victoria 2012

I'm Speaking at WordCamp Victoria 2012Hi there, thanks for popping by. Brenda Johima here, and I’ve got a teeny-tiny 10 minute speaking engagement ( plus a Q&A afterwards with Janis La Couvée ) to speak on a topic near and dear to my heart … copyright and moral rights, as it relates to photography, art and images online for bloggers, and in this case, for those who are using the WordPress platform for publishing content online.

The target market for my session is basic beginners, and although my time is brief, I know that 10 minutes can make as big a difference as 5 minutes or 60 minutes … it’s simply that one must to choose less words, but more purposefully, and put them together in an organized fashion.

This session is geared to the basics for beginners and bloggers (as it is a legal issue and we are not lawyers) however we welcome participants from all levels from intermediate to advanced to join us for the Question and Answer Period. We value and want you to share your input and ideas. This is a legal issue, and with constantly changing laws in so many different countries … we simply aim to at least increase awareness on this topic so that more and more, we see people giving credit where credit is due, and to the original content creators online.

Janis Couvée and I are sharing the stage for this one session. I will contribute my content as it relates to photos, images and art online. Janis will speak right before me on disclosures, attribution and also copyright, and afterwards we will have a Question and Answer Period, in order to stimulate some great discussion and conversation on this complex and ever-changing topic.

Janis La Couvée is a financial services professional with a keen interest in community building and the arts.  She is a member of the Social Media Club Victoria leadership team, and was the lead organizer for Twestival Victoria. Her blog is an extension of her Twitter, social media and community experience. Janis is passionate about bridging online and offline communities to effect positive social change. Find out more about Janis’s topic at WordCamp on disclosures, attribution and copyright as it relates to content sharing online.

Janis writes on her website, a description of her session on attribution, copyright and disclosures : 

“In the ever evolving realm of social media and the internet, content is created and shared. Now that we’re blogging, how do we credit the original creator? Do we have the right to use the image or written copy? Does our audience really need to know if we are paid to write a post, or received free tickets to an event? We’ll examine some of the best practices and standards for disclosing, consider the importance of attribution, and discuss the sometimes thorny issue of copyright. Giving credit where credit is due, while remaining transparent – is it possible?”

See you there See you at WordCamp Victoria 2012 … this Saturday the 14th of January, 2012.
— Brenda Johima

P.S. Also, please do come and Say Hello to Me in the Happiness Bar … I’m volunteering some time with Jon Valade of 🙂

P.S.P.S. If you are new here? I’m Brenda Johima and here’s the little blurb about me:

Brenda Johima IS Art, Creativity, Design and Social Media combined under one roof. Her own roof. Since 2002 Brenda Johima has operated her home based business, JOHIMA Designs, now rebranded as simply, JOHIMA, which provides graphic design for print and web. In order to provide clients with a one-stop shop for success, she also jumped into SEO, Internet Marketing, and Social Media. During the entire time Brenda has also been very active as an artist and photographer creating images for personal and artistic expression and also for client advertising, marketing and promotional materials.

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Food For Families : Comox Valley : Campbell River

Help me help the Food Banks in the Comox Valley and in Campbell River. I’ll be Tweeting live on location, with Bob Johnstone of 97.3 The Eagle

On Twitter :

Follow @brendajohima and @johima

Follow @ThriftyFoods and @TheEagle973

On the Radio : 97.3 The Eagle

Listen in : Courtenay:   9:00AM – 1:00PM  –  Breana Morgan on-location (Courtenay Thrifty Foods)
Campbell River:  1:00PM – 5:00PM  –  Ryan Mennie on-location (Campbell River Thrifty Foods)

We’re helping the Food Banks promote Thrifty Food’s ‘Food For Families’ Food Bank Drive this Saturday, December 3rd, 2011.

See you there!

Brenda JOHIMA Social Media Consulting

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Comox Valley based JOHIMA to Speak at Social Media Camp Victoria 2011

I'm Speaking At Social Media Camp 2011From the Comox Valley to Victoria … Vancouver Island, I’m thrilled to be, once again, speaking at Social Media Camp in Victoria, and it’s coming up, in only a few days!

A BIG THANK YOU to Paul Holmes of IdeaZone and Chris Burdge of bWest Interactive for this opportunity to speak, but most importantly, for their dedication and ongoing hard work in the Social Media community, not only in Victoria, but in helping to raise the bar for social media professionals all over Vancouver Island and beyond.

Their reach has been far and wide, and it is with much gratitude to Paul and to Chris, and to the huge group of volunteers who are all working so hard to pull together this amazing 2 day conference, that I will be attending both as speaker and as participant. This is one conference, not to be missed.

The information for the conference, and all the ways you can get in touch, or follow conference via social media channels, is at the bottom of this post. Please support their work.

Hope to see you there! And if not this year in person, stay tuned on Twitter, as there will likely be a lot of Tweets flooding Twitter on June 3rd and 4th, 2011, let’s get Social Media Camp trending. *Also, for my session below, make sure to stay tuned on Flickr and on Instagram, one of only two places online where I will be encouraging participants throughout the conference, to share their images and photographs via social media.*

So here’s my “official” session write up:

My Session Title😕 I’ve got an iPhone, now what? Photography Apps and Social Media for Sharing Images.

Session Extract😕 SHOW. Like. Trust. Images sell.

Almost everything online is sold and marketed using text content and/or images. iPhone and cell phone photography is growing at a rapid pace, not only as an artistic tool for creative expression, but as a viable tool to be used for business and marketing online via Social Media and image sharing. Brenda’s tool of choice is the iPhone 3G. Yes, the iPhone 3G. She has chosen to challenge herself by not upgrading to the new and shiny, bigger and faster is better, but to create stunning images using the 1st generation iPhone camera. There is no shutter speed or aperture, and Brenda knows that the most FUN and creativity come from living in the unknown and letting go of control.

What will you come away with?

  • Learn tips and tricks on how you can improve your iPhone photography skills, using a few basic elements of fine art and design
  • Learn the basics of how to make images “pop” using a few of Brenda’s favorite photography and art apps.
  • Brenda will also share how, why and which brands are using iPhone photography, and why you too, can join in this super FUN and powerful way of working and sharing online
  • Learn where you can share your images online using social networks
  • Although the session is geared to iPhone photography, many of the points will be applicable to any cell phone photographer and everyone is welcome to attend whether you have an iPhone or not
  • Brenda will present images she has created that show how she used apps and her iPhone as an artistic tool
  • How you too, can tap into the FUN and joy of iPhone photography

For more information about Social Media Camp:

  1. Here’s the #smcv11 website
  2. Here’s my Brenda Johima speaker page on the Social Media Camp 2011 website
  3. Follow Social Media Camp on Twitter
  4. The hashtag for Social Media Camp on Twitter is #smcv11
  5. Here’s the Social Media Camp FaceBook page
  6. I’m on Twitter as @brendajohima and @johima
  7. I’m on FaceBook as brenda.johima.creative and as JOHIMA and


Hope To See You There! … Please say Hello 🙂

~ Brenda Johima ~

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30 Twitter Tips for Business in 30 Minutes : Comox Valley

Are you a business owner in the Comox Valley, an early adopter and already on Twitter? Super!

Or, have you been waiting, and you do want to get your business on Twitter, but can’t understand how it all works? It’s not too late to jump into Twitter with your business.

I’ll be doing a brief presentation on Twitter for Business in the Comox Valley at the Comox Valley Web Posse meeting. Here’s the “blurb” along with some information on my talk and links to where you can find out more and sign up to attend. (Many of the tips will make sense and be most applicable and easily applied by those who are already actively on Twitter, however, it’s a great introduction to the ways Twitter can be used for your business so everyone is welcome, and you have to start somewhere 🙂

30 minutes for 30 Tips on How You Can Use the Power of Social Media via Twitter For Your Business with Brenda Johima

The Comox Valley Web Posse is loaded with technical expertise and talent. Brenda Johima will share her thoughts on how we, in the Comox Valley can build an even more powerful online business community together via Twitter.

Brenda Johima will use her past experience in the helping professions to focus on the skills and art of listening, encouragement, inspiration and motivation and how you can use basic communication skills and use your unique personality to thrive on Twitter for your business. These skills are also transferable to Social Media clients for those working in the area of Social Media. Here is what I aim to cover within my 30 tips in my speedy 30 minutes:

  • Why Twitter
  • The Hidden Power of Twitter
  • Twitter and the Power to Build Community and Business
  • Why We Need to Connect with Each Other More and Coach Local Business Clients To as Well
  • Why and How Success on Twitter might be exactly the opposite to what you think
  • One super tip on how to deal with a difficult person who goes public with comments via social media (Twitter)
  • Why Chit-Chat is Real Business
  • 30 Twitter Tips for Business

Brenda Johima was selected as a speaker for the 2010 Social Media Camp in Victoria. Her topic was Small Towns, Big Ideas, and she’s now alumni, slated to speak again at the June 2011 Social Media Camp Conference, this time, her FUN topic is “I’ve Got an iPhone, Now What? iPhone Photography apps and image sharing via Social Media.

Brenda has been working online since 2002 with JOHIMA Designs, which has now re-branded to JOHIMA.

Find Brenda on Twitter at @brendajohima and @johima or by phone at (250) 335 – 1195

Hope to see you there!
~ Brenda Johima ~

P.S. Here’s some links for information and sign up:

Comox Valley Web Posse Website
FaceBook Event Page
Email Newsletter Page (It’s A Triple Header! Find Out Who Else is Speaking)

P.S.P.S. Want to attend my “I’ve Got an iPhone, Now What?” Session at Social Media Camp in Victoria?

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Know. Like. Trust.

Know. Like. Trust.

Break the Trust. There Goes Your Business (and potential clients/colleagues).

It can happen in a flash with social media.
There’s no hiding with social media.

In my opinion, the Trust factor is number 1, with Like and Know, in 2nd and 3rd place. What order do you place them in? And Why?

~ JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing ~

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Compartmentalizing Social Media and My Life

Here is what I posted today, to my personal FaceBook profile as a note. I’m hoping it may help some of you out there, who are searching also, for a way to deal with social media overwhelm for yourself, but also for those of us who do work online a lot, this may be  a way (I am finding) to not overwhelm close family and friends (who may have no (zero) interest in my fascination and passion for a career in Social Media, they just want to see my photos or (YES!) hear what I ate for breakfast or lunch, or that I went to the swimming pool or to a music concert). It’s also a way to not overwhelm colleagues on my personal friend list who are already reading (too much) content online all day.

Hope this is of some help to you too:

Hi to all my friends and family. Thank you for connecting with me, and for staying connected, in whatever way we can. You matter. People matter. LOVE matters. Connection matters.

My FaceBook “friend” list is not a big list. It’s quite small actually. I have few friends (in comparison to some folks on FaceBook) and I’m 100% OK with that. I’m not a FaceBook friend collector.

If you are on my personal list, you really do matter to me. I want you here in my life, in some way, for some reason. We are meant to be connected. I’m not trying to gain hundreds or thousands of friends on FaceBook on my personal profile. If you are on my personal profile friend list, I have enlisted HUGE trust in you, to not break our trust. My FaceBook “friends” are real friends to me.

Now … I really like social media. A lot. And I like you. A lot more. In person and in real life.

If I can’t see you in person, I’d like to talk to you on the phone  (1+ (250) 335 – 1195.

If we can’t make that happen for some reason, then we connect here on FaceBook, and in my opinion, this too, is real life. Online life and in person life, are both real to me, because I do choose to share my real and authentic self.

Did I say that I really like social media? I LOVE social media. I promote most of my business now, via Social Media. And would love for you to give me a hand in spreading the word.

I have created several FaceBook pages for business and would LOVE it if you would “like” them (many of you have, and Thank You SO Much!) So why so many pages? Here’s why:

  • I Tweet a lot. I write a lot. I create a lot. I post a lot on FaceBook. For some folks, I know it’s too much. Too much overwhelm of content. And that’s OK. However, it’s who I am, and I like it. Sooooo, to make it easier for my friends and family (and business colleagues) you can choose which department(s) (I’m calling it compartmentalizing) most interest you. I would LOVE to have you join me in all of it, but I know everyone is different. This way you can choose only the parts of my life and business you really want to follow. For each account below, I post only information relevant to that target market/topic.
  • I’ll be keeping my FaceBook personal profile posts for friends and family, pretty much, yep, more personal stuff. So if you don’t want to hear all that real stuff, and are more interested in business, you can un-friend me. My feelings won’t be hurt a bit 🙂 There are many many ways we can connect as you can see from my list below.
  • I’m a self-professed multi-talented creative. Some people don’t believe one person can do it all. But I do. And I love it. I have found over the years, that for most people, it is easier for them to have it split into sections, rather than to be overwhelmed by the huge amount of content in multiple categories, that I create on a daily basis.
  • Online Marketing. I try to reach different audiences and customers/clients with each niche. Join me in the one(s) that interest you most. And help spread the word?
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • It makes it easier for me also to separate in my brain, the many ideas that I have bubbling up on a daily basis. It actually makes it easier for me to manage my own brain! LOL.

Brenda Johima : Writing, Art (and cartoons) and Photography

You will want to follow me here, if you are interested in reading my personal blog, and to view images of my art, cartoons, paintings and photography. Feel free to comment and connect in any of the social media platforms below. I LOVE compliments on my work. It keeps me going as an artist/creative. * You can also purchase almost anything that you see me posting. Just ask and I’ll let you know if it’s available, and how we can make that happen. Shipping is available, of course, almost anywhere in the world, for my creative works. *

twitter: @brendajohima :!/brendajohima
facebook:  * ( * facebook custom Short URL coming soon!* )

JOHIMA : Social Media : SEO : Design

You will want to follow my business here if you are interested in receiving (paid) help in setting up your FaceBook page for business, Twitter for business, to learn about LinkedIn, and how you can use it for job search and for business promotion. Also, if you would like to purchase graphic design or web design services (which includes search engine optimization or SEO). And YES! I do provide set up of basic WordPress blogs and WordPress driven websites. *I also do speaking engagements and *NEW for 2011* provide Social Media basics workshops.

* I also post LOTS of free tips *

P.S. Are you afraid of Twitter? Confused by Twitter? I LOVE Twitter. Happy to give you a hand to get started. It’ll be our little secret 🙂 A very powerful business tool and way to connect and network, receive inspiration and positive vibes from fantastic people all day long. I do.

twitter: @johima :!/johima

phoDOGraphy : Dog Photography and Puppy Photos

LOVE getting referrals and business in this department. LOVE dogs. LOVE puppies. LOVE photographing dogs and puppies and the human bond. You can purchase photography services and prints here. ** And no, you don’t have to buy anything (although I love referrals) … it’s OK to just want to look at my photos of dogs, because I think they are awesome! **

twitter: @dogphoDOGrapher :!/dogphodographer

Happy No Matter What : Hope, Inspiration and Tips for Living 24/7 with Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

Living with Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Pain 24/7? I do. I am. I have been, since June of 2000. I have pain and I’m awesome! There is a way to have pain and still be happy. Am I there yet? Some days, yes. Some days, nope. However, my goal here, is to learn how to be Happy No Matter What is going on, pain or no pain. And in the process, on my journey, I seem to be inspiring others who suffer daily, and I LOVE that. Hoping I can offer you hope as well.

twitter: @ibeehappy2 :!/ibeehappy2
facebook: http:/

Creative Nudge : Creativity Consulting for Business

* Creative Nudge is Sleeping while on a Vacation Right Now 🙂 *


Radian6 : Social Media Monitoring

Recently I contacted Radian6 and requested a review of the Radian6 platform, and sat in on an online demo with Sara Frystacki, Senior Business Development Manager with Radian6, who provided an overview of the platform with a small group of us.

Sara was fantastic, knows her stuff, was super friendly, and I’d highly recommend this platform, and can see why Radian6 is such a well respected leader in the Social Media industry, and such a successful company. If you are looking to listen, measure and engage with your customers online. It’s hard to beat this list of benefits on Radian6 Dashboard posted on their website.

Social media is changing business at an extraordinary pace.

Radian6 helps businesses deal with this transformation by providing an enterprise-scale platform to help them monitor and engage in conversations across the social web. This platform tracks mentions across hundreds of millions of sites and sources. With the Radian6 solution, users listen to their customers and explore sentiment, find influencers, and benchmark their results within their industry.

Radian6 is also a powerful Social CRM tool, allowing comments to be tagged and assigned for follow up, making it a powerful component of sales, customer service, and market research.

Radian6 is the leading provider of social media monitoring, measurement and engagement solutions. Radian6s customers include Dell, GE, PepsiCo, Microsoft and UPS, as well as the worlds leading public relations and advertising agencies. Visit Radian6 for more information.

~ Brenda Johima ~

E: info [at] johima [dot] ca
1+ (250) 335 – 1195

P.S. I’m not affiliated with Radian6 in any way, and have not received any compensation for my recommendation. It’s simply something I believe in.


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