it’s a chicken or egg situation – not sure which came first. my interest in photography in turn fueling the passion to look for things which are visually interesting. or the other way around – noticing things that are visually interesting and then wanting to document them. in any case, the 2 have become completely intertwined in my life and there is no turning back. not sure i could stop if i wanted to!
when i started blogging 15 months ago, i (like so many others i have read about) had a fear that i would run out of things to say and images to post. that i would get stuck and it would feel like a burden to keep it going. the only way i had the confidence to begin was knowing i had stock-piled thousands of images from interesting places we had visited. i figured i would be sorting through those and sharing them little by little.
and i have shared many of those images. but not nearly as many as i would have thought. because my brain and my eyes have been “sharpened” by doing this and i am always on the lookout for new material. and somehow i seem to find it. it’s not a burden – it’s a thrill! when i go somewhere i truly have no idea what sorts of images i will end up with, which is what makes it so much fun. i keep an open mind and shoot whatever calls to me. lots of times it is just the way the light plays on something…. or a pattern….or some kind of contrast…. or a reflection! you just never know.
i could say the same about the writing part. i often have no idea what my next post will be about but, things happen and truly, almost anything can end up becoming blog material. it took me a while to get this, but i have read posts about almost every subject imaginable and as long as it can be told and illustrated interestingly, and is something others can relate to, bingo!
so, yes, blogging has been a really enriching addition to my life. i love that i can go back and see how i have documented so many pieces of my experience this last year-plus. and each time i have done it, there is a little conversation with my friends which follows. and it’s there for keeps. i love that!
i don’t think it’s for everyone, but if you are thinking of blogging and hesitating, you really can’t tell until you try it. the great thing is that it is yours and yours alone and does not need to be like anyone else’s. what’s the worst that can happen??
P.S. Update regarding the March retreat here.