This is weird. It’s not you. It’s me.
As I’m writing this, it’s 12:32 am. I usually would have been sleeping 2 1/2 hours ago and in all honesty, I was. I fell asleep on the couch watching Love is Blind. But then Andrew woke me so we could go to bed and I have not been able to sleep since.
I’m not sure what has got me thinking so much about it tonight, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I think this is a sign that now is the time to stop daily blogging. It wasn’t something I planned on but it just feels right to do it now.
I’ve been daily blogging on this website for 10 years! And I haven’t missed a single day. Even through emergency surgery, family deaths, and marriage, I made sure to have a new image on my website every single Monday through Friday. It’s bananas reflecting back on it.
It started as something to do for fun in October 2008. At that time my posts were very sporadic and had no real purpose. Then Andrew and I went on a trip to Yosemite in March of 2010. It was one of the best trips ever. To this day, if you asked me about my favorite national park (besides the national mall of course), I’d say Yosemite. So one day after we returned, I sat in front of my computer and created 5 blog posts from that trip, and I thought to myself, ‘man that was so easy. I could do this all the time.‘
So it was at that moment that I committed to a daily blog Monday through Friday. It started off as a way to prove how serious about photography I was. That I would be willing to take new pictures every single day and share it with the internet. That was fun but after a while, but then I felt like I just kept on capturing the same images over and over again. So it morphed into something where it kept me accountable to take new AND creative pictures. I started thinking of my blog more like a sketchbook where I would keep all my ideas and see the progress of my work. I wanted to challenge myself to come up with new points of view and explore different places of DC. And I did that over the years. Eventually, I felt like I explored so much and felt SO comfortable photographing DC that I wrote a book, Snap DC.
Writing that book changed everything. Not only could I change my title from photographer to photographer SLASH author, but I also fell in love with writing. I’ve expressed it a few times in blog posts and newsletters but it’s a new creative outlet for me. I am able to elaborate more on my experiences and tell a story. It’s funny because I hated writing while I was in school, but I guess when you’re writing about something you are passionate about, the words just flow out of your fingertips.
So I started writing. My daily blog posts got longer. I also started writing short, easy to digest guides. They were a lot longer than my daily blog images but a more scaled-down version of Snap DC. I found a passion for sharing my knowledge with fellow photographers of location scouting, planning your trips to DC or other destinations, and gear reviews.
Now the daily blog is starting to feel more like busywork.
I’m in a position where I am constantly taking new pictures and I don’t need a blog to help keep me accountable for that. Whether it’s for fun or for a photography job, new images are importing into my computer constantly. Although I have come up with a system for it, sometimes the feeling of having to get a daily blog done is overwhelming.
And I have so much more fun writing more meaningful, thoughtful blog posts, like this.
So that doesn’t mean I’m quitting blogging completely. From now on, I want to create more personal posts like this or travel guides around DC and the other places my camera and I get to visit. I just want the content on my blog to be more resourceful than just me sharing my work.
This is going to be a huge step for me. I actually am a little afraid. My whole workflow is going to change and the way I communicate my art is going to be different. I even caught myself saying that I’ll commit to a blog post a week, but I don’t want to put that rule on myself. You may have noticed that once I tell myself something that it’s hard for me to change my mind. So this is a big change. Maybe in the future, I can commit to something like that, but let’s just see where this “no-rules blog” goes for now.
I’m ready for the next chapter of my blog and photography.
10 years ago this month, I started this blog. I tried looking back to see if I could find my old blog posts, but it was on a completely different web host then and I’ve lost about a year’s worth of my first blogs. Who knows, there’s probably even more lost between the years but, click here if you want to see the first blog post I can find: August 25, 2010. It’s funny how some things don’t change. LOL.
So keep checking in. I’ll still be posting and I hope you will enjoy the new blogging style. I already have a running list of the blog posts I want to create. But for now, Instagram is the best place to see my new images. Cherry blossoms will be peaking this week and you know I’ll be out shooting! I have a feeling my presence on Facebook and Twitter will change as far as how I share my work and my newsletters will still be going out on the first of the month as usual but who knows where that will go too. There are so many unknowns about this and I’m kind of excited.
Oh snap, does this mean I have to take a new profile picture? New blog, new me?