My blog is misleading. And that’s ok.
I’ll be honest, my blog is misleading. I created it a month or two ago for my photography page, although, so far to what I’ve written, you could say it hasn’t been only about photography. The original idea for my blog was just that, write about photography, teach others to teach myself. It’s my passion, what I crave, what I wish I had more time every day to dedicate myself to. But a few blog posts later and that idea had skewed from my head. I discovered something more valuable in what I wrote, something that allows me to spill words in paper like drips on a Pollock.
Sometimes I feel like I’m handpicking the words with tweezers, rather than just allowing my mind to speak for itself. I made this blog and I have no idea what I’m doing. I don’t know if what I write is good, bad, or just average. I don’t know where it’s leading my page or myself as a photographer either. Who in their right mind would make a blog in a photography page that’s not strictly about the medium itself? You’re right! It’s absurd, because I feel the same way about it as well. And for what it’s worth, I think that’s ok.
Allow me to explain, there’s just too many blogs like that already. Go to Google and you’ll find every photography blog you’ll need to learn the techniques and become a pro at it in no time. I’m not interested in that, not at least to this moment. There are enough tutorials online already, and I’d honestly would like to do something different.
I’m interested in writing on what goes beyond the tutorials. So far I’ve mostly written about experiences that I’ve had myself. And that’s precisely what I want to get at. I believe that these experiences actively shape my understanding of photography and what it means to take a photograph. I feel I might be on to something, or close to it at least.
That’s why I share what I share. I share my inspirations because they’ve taught me of new ways to perceive my work. I share what it feels to shoot a concert because it’s taught me how to be a respectful and outgoing photographer. I share what it feels to leave home because it gave me the ambition to grab my camera again. It’s the small details that get to me, how they can have such an immense impact on your work without you even noticing. And the crazy thing is, I can pin it all back to my favorite hobby, photography.
I wasn’t aware of all that, nor my audience, so I felt the need to write this post. Because I’m still figuring out how this whole blogging thing is supposed to work. And I feel there might be people who’ve encountered this situation before they started writing. So far it’s become clear to me what I like to write about. And that wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t started to write already.
“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
I don’t get a new blog post idea everyday, and all I can do sometimes is shuffle through old notes, organize thoughts and brainstorm some topics. But you get stuck in a loop thinking about what to write, instead of just writing anything.
All I can say is, just write. If you’re an amateur (like me), don’t allow yourself to get stuck. Pick a topic that you like and could have an hour-long conversation with someone and start writing. I promise the words will flow on their own like magic. After that, you’ll uncover within you your voice and what you like to write about like a hidden treasure. That’s what starting my photography blog has taught me so far. You’ll have days where you’ll feel you could write forever. But that won’t happen in quite a while, unless you just start.
“Stop imagining what’s going to work. Find out for REAL.” -Rework
Original post from: FernandoCarrilloPhotography.com