The Top 5 Reasons Why I Blog...And Why I LOVE It
I had a blog post scheduled for today, but decided to save it for another week. Why, you ask? There are two main reasons for this insanity. First, because when writing the blog post for last week (Photography Resolutions Revisited), I realized that I have been doing this blog for almost four months (!!!) and I haven’t stopped to give you a reason WHY I decided to start a blog, or why I continue to blog. Second, I was talking with some extended family at an Easter gathering this past weekend and I was explaining to them why I blogged. It dawned on me that again, I’ve never actually stopped to explain myself to anyone before that moment.
As I was thinking this through, the question that kept popping up is ‘why do I think it is so important that you know why I’m doing this blog’? I don’t have a definitive answer, but a number of responses kept sweeping through my brain. Consistently. Annoyingly. Gnawing at me. All throughout the week and weekend. To me, that was a sign that I needed to get it out in the open and explain myself, and it is important to me that you know why too.
After much consideration, and to ensure that I didn’t expand this into a novel, I decided to break my response down into five reasons why I write my photography blog. So, let’s get started!
Here are the Top Five Reasons Why I Blog:
1. I love photography!
Talk about a duh! moment. This probably isn't a surprise at all, but it is worth mentioning because in order to maintain an active blog you need to be passionate about your blog topic. Not-so-secret confession: I love photography. I can spend hours searching for different photo opportunities, and can easily lose track of time when I’m wandering around taking pictures. Not only do I love photography, but I want to share that love with you. And it makes sense that one would write a blog on something they’re passionate about. For instance, I wouldn't write a blog about coding computers because well, I’m really not that interested in that and I KNOW I’m not good at it. Which leads me to number two.
Have you ever heard the saying that in order to really understand a topic you must be able to teach it? I’m sure I butchered that quote, and I didn’t even bother to Google it, because well, we’re on a time deadline here and you get the picture. That being said, I think this reason is really important. When I first started out in photography, I was very much a learn-as-I-go-type of person (and let’s be honest, to some extent I still am). That being said, I didn’t know of or bother to find any resources to help me expand my photography skills. I just knew I liked it. It wasn’t until I took a class in college that I realized I had a lot to learn. It was almost overwhelming at times.
Starting my photography blog was a way for me to be sure I absolutely understood photography concepts enough so that I was able to explain it to someone else. It was also a way for me to reconnect with some of the concepts, and re-correct some of the bad habits I had developed.
I also hope to act as a resource for people who want to learn photography in steps and by topic versus getting information all at once which for me was overwhelming. We are lucky that we live in a digital age where good quality cameras are available at our fingertips, and also fairly inexpensive. I would love to see people interested in understanding how their cameras work in order for them to take even better pictures! Which leads to number three...
3. Sharing photography
I LOVE looking at other people’s work. I love sharing my work. I feel very lucky to be able to capture the beauty that nature has to offer us, and I love seeing people inspired or in awe. I am constantly in awe by the pictures I see and come across. I just feel our earth has so much to offer us, and I know that I will never be able to see everything I want to, so what better way than with photographs! I also think photography is a great way that people can form a connection to our environment, and it also acts as a great way to showcase some of the issues we are facing in our world. Photography as a medium can be so powerful, and I am so thankful to be apart of that and to be able to share with others. Which leads me to number four...
4. Connecting with other photographers
Every week, I am lucky enough and love discovering new photographers and connecting with them. I find it really fascinating that if you gave each photographer an assignment to take a picture of a flower, a forest, etc., I can guarantee that each one would have a different way of interpreting it and capturing the subject. I think that is an amazing thing and we can all learn from each other. There are no right or wrong answers in art. Through my blog, I have been able to meet and connect with a bunch of new photographers, and I love looking at each of their work. Which leads me to number five...
5. Connecting with you!
This is probably one of my favorite reasons, and that is being able to connect with you! Whether you’re here because you love photography, you want to learn more about photography, or for whatever reason, please know that I am so thankful. Also know that I truly appreciate you reading, commenting, liking and so on. I have truly enjoyed connecting with those of you who I have been able to, and I hope to be able to do so with more of you as we go along our photography journey. I love being able to present a new topic for you, and hearing your feedback about how it’s helped you further develop your photography skills. I hope to be able to continue to do this and I look forward to connecting with more of you! Finally, know that I learn a lot from you as well which is fantastic! I enjoy learning new things!
Do you blog? If so, why do you blog?
If you don't blog, what would you like to see more of from my blog and/or other blogs?
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