In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve transitioned my blog to be about photography.
Photography and blogging have become my main hobbies. And it’s been staring me in the face for years: if you read my blog, you either share photography as a hobby or at least have some interest in it. When I review my stats, with few exceptions photography-related posts are the most popular.
So much has been written about photography already, though. I don’t want to say the same things everybody else has already said. The Internet is chock full of Photoshop tutorials, reasons why Tri-X is the best b/w film ever, step-by-step instructions for developing film, and why the iPhone is a great camera. I see no point in covering that ground here.
And it’s not like I’m a deeply experienced photographer who has guru-level wisdom to share about the art. I’m just a hobbyist. I’ve learned a lot over the ten years or so I’ve been serious about my work, and I’m happy to share of what I know. But many of you reading this are more accomplished photographers than me. Your photos and writings frequently teach me things.
What I think I offer that’s different and interesting is my perspective on life, which comes from a combination of how I’m wired and some enormously difficult times I’ve lived through. When I say things from those places as I write about photography, I offer you something different and interesting — and, hopefully, valuable to you. So that’s what I’m going to try to do. It’s what I’ve been trying to do for several months now.
Those kinds of posts take a lot of time to write, though. So I’ll keep writing gear reviews and share photographs from the places I go. I will also still tell the occasional personal story because I won’t be able to help myself.
But here’s the thing: this is harder than what I used to do, which was write about whatever I wanted. And I picked a great year to do this: the year I got married. I do like to pile it on. It’s been both interesting and challenging to keep the blog going this summer.
I like a challenge. I think that’s why I’m doing this. And you’re responding. You’re leaving more comments, and new posts are getting somewhere between double and triple the views as before.
This blog has always been a personal experiment to try things and see what happens. Well, I’m trying this now. Let’s see what happens!