Note: If you don’t like personal posts, turn away now! 😉
It’s been a long time since I’ve just sat down to write freely without making a plan. About half an hour ago as I was making cereal, the thought came to me that two years ago I was beginning my school journey to become a professional photographer. So how did blogging become such a main focus on my career path?
A lot of these thoughts have been circling in my head lately with the return of back to school ads everywhere you look. It’s strange that this year I won’t be taking part. This leads me to remember where I was two years ago. About to venture into my third college program, and hoping it would be a higher success than my previous failures. (College dropout x 2). I feel like it’s really important to be honest with people about this because when you drop out, even if you’re not failing, you feel like a failure. And you feel like you’re being judged by everyone.
Anyways, I *tried* to start a blog on multiple occasions, but like many, I abandoned my blogs after just one post. One blog stuck around for quite a while and it was my first travel blog when I was moving to Denmark. I tried my best to document the process of preparing for a move abroad, but wasn’t very good at keeping up with it.
During my first week of my Photography program, in every class we had to introduce ourselves. We stated our names and what niche of photography we wanted to make our own. I was the only one in our program who mentioned Travel as my niche. On the last day of the week, when I made my usual statement, the teacher was excited. He told me to start a blog right away as it would help me get my work out there. So I’m pretty sure that weekend, or even that evening is when I started my blog.
I had NO IDEA what I was doing when I started blogging! Plus I had a full time college work load and was working in retail, so I didn’t have much time to put into the blog. You always hear about how a blog is like an online journal, so I treated it as such. You can still read the posts I made in that time period somewhere on this website. I don’t advertise them, naturally.
I would update about school and what I was up to, and honestly, none of it was of use to anyone else. But I feel like sometimes it’s important to write personal posts. Your readers can get to know you on another level, and it can be good to write to get things out of your system and let the words flow (as I am doing right now… and it feels good)!
I didn’t understand the importance of SEO or making interesting titles for posts. I didn’t know how to make featured images and I was hosted on WordPress until February 2014 when I went self hosted through BlueHost.
Whenever I had some spare time, I would look more into blogging, and that’s where I found there is a whole world of bloggers out there, and every niche has a community. I love the blogging community more than most of the photography community I have to admit. I find – personally – that the blogging community is all about sharing, and helping each other out. Where as in the photography community, if you ask a photographer a question, very often they will hide the answers from you. Luckily I have found some photographers who do like to help, and I’m always going back to them because they are helpful and not trying to hide everything to themselves. I’ve even tried to take photo classes in the area but wasn’t allowed because there was a limit on how close you could live to the photographer because they consider you potential competition.
So basically, because of this one teacher on the first week of school had made mention of a blog, I became hooked. Would I have began blogging down the road without him? Maybe. I had done it before. But if I had just begun now, after school had finished, I still wouldn’t have been self hosted and I would be at the very beginning stumbling blocks that comes with the beginning of learning anything new, and I can honestly say I am so glad to be past that! I love that I am able to work full time on keeping things running and networking with others in the field, which I wouldn’t have known about if I was still in the beginning stages!
I realize that in the blogging world, some may say you shouldn’t write a post like this because it’s long, rambly, and personal. But I think that’s not a bad thing! I find it therapeutic to step out of the blogging niche structure sometimes and do what makes you feel good. And it gives those who like to follow me because of who I am, the opportunity to get to know more about me. I’ll probably throw in a few photos to break up all of this writing though. Otherwise I don’t think even I will have the patience to read through it!