My blog has evolved, and I don’t like it.
In the past, I shared many of the events in my life, both happy and sad, and I shared thousands of pictures, both good and not so good. I gained a lot from the feedback from the blogging community: First, I got support, affirmation, encouragement, and advice when I wrote about my life, and second, I received valuable feedback on my images, either through direct comments or through “likes.”
I took note of the pictures that got attention and those that didn’t, and I used that feedback to critique my own work. I went to the blogs of those who’d “liked” my work, and I studied their images; I also rambled around WordPress, lingering here and there when an image, poem, or piece of writing caught my attention. Sometimes, I challenged myself to duplicate images or use the images as catalysts for my own creations.
However, I am now slowly (and painfully) crossing over from passionate amateur hobbyist photographer into passionate photographer who makes some money with her camera.
My blog address is on my business card. Without realizing it, I set it up so that those few letters in small type on a card have shifted the entire perspective of my blog.
Now, I am reluctant to post my images, feeling that everything must look “professional.” I am also reluctant to write about my struggles with getting an image. For example, last week I did a family portrait shoot. Previously I would have posted a few images, talked about the difficulties, asked for advice, and learned from the experience. Now, I don’t think I will do that. (By the way, the sunset image came out of that shoot; we had a glorious sky as the backdrop.)
I have made friends through my blog (meeting one in person) and I want to keep it that way. I want my blog to be a place where I can continue to talk about what’s going on with me and where I can feel free to post a flawed image and talk about it.
Perhaps the solution is to have two blogs. One will contain my best images, while this one remains the place where I can hang out and chat. What do you think?