Your social media content

If ‘fair use’ laws relating to social media content allow others to reproduce that content with only slight modification, based on the agreements users tick when they sign up, it’s almost inevitable that people’s is going be used by others to make a profit, regardless of whether they grant permission or not. Thus, it’s very possible that our laws need updating to keep in-step with the rapid evolution of our communications landscape – but given the length of time it takes to put such legal updates into effect and the ever-increasing rate of change, is keeping in-step even possible?

[Read the full article here]

Yesterday I received an email from someone asking for permission to use a photograph I had taken and used on It was a simple image of a beer can but nice to be asked first eh? Of course… and, I don’t think it’s being sold on for $100,000!

Using original content online is something that I have to challenge often with my work. The grey areas surrounding what is now acceptable have left many people unclear on what is ok and what is not. A sneaky use of someone else’s image or written content is considered to be fine by millions of web users, both recreationally and professionally.

There are lots of opinions about what we can and cannot do. One thing is for sure, your social media content is not really your social media content.

Photographs, words, ideas, quotes, recipes, strategies… if you are going to use it, give people credit! It’s easy!

But Church

You can get a cup of coffee with your friends anywhere, but church is the only place you can get ashes smudged on your forehead as a reminder of your mortality. You can be dazzled by a light show at a concert on any given weekend, but church is the only place that fills a sanctuary with candlelight and hymns on Christmas Eve. You can snag all sorts of free swag for brand loyalty online, but church is the only place where you are named a beloved child of God with a cold plunge into the water. You can share food with the hungry at any homeless shelter, but only the church teaches that a shared meal brings us into the very presence of God.

What finally brought me back, after years of running away, wasn’t lattes or skinny jeans; it was the sacraments. Baptism, confession, Communion, preaching the Word, anointing the sick — you know, those strange rituals and traditions Christians have been practicing for the past 2,000 years. The sacraments are what make the church relevant, no matter the culture or era. They don’t need to be repackaged or rebranded; they just need to be practiced, offered and explained in the context of a loving, authentic and inclusive community.


I know some people for whom [as with me] this strikes a chord… but, the Church and much of our culture here in Northern Ireland is still years behind… whatever ‘behind’ really means.

How we navigate the razzamatazz of ‘cool church’ in years to come remains to be seen.

The sacraments will remain though…

I’ve never intentionally looked for a mentor

I’ve never intentionally looked for a mentor… some people do and for some it happens organically, it’s not forced.

Most days I find myself sharing a coffee with my mentor.

I find myself usually making said coffee.

I get that… it’s my experience.

We’ve never used the word mentor but here are some key qualities I have come to experience first-hand and be inspired by with the mentor I didn’t go looking for.

1). Integrity

2). Credibility/Track Record

3). Honesty

4). A Network

5). A ‘Big Thinker’

6). Someone You Like

[See the blog post & more info here]

I’ve never intentionally looked for a mentor… but then sometimes you don’t need to call it that because it just is what it is.

Football Commentary is hard work

I’m guessing every commentator has a different method but I’ve often wondered how they pull all of the required information out of the air during matches. Football commentary is hard work… Here’s how Nick Barnes prepares… amazing right?

Football commentary is hard

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Football commentary is hard

Original post here – All photographs by Henrik Knudsen for Eight by Eight.