Today I am bringing back an older post that was first done in 2015 and has been updated. The dentist this week hasn’t been good and I’ve spent the last few days in a lot of pain. I did go back and hopefully, everything will be better now. It looks like I’m in for a root canal. Oh well, it happens. I’ve been very lucky with my teeth and haven’t really had to have a lot a work done. So I went through lots of posts and thought about this one.
I wondered if my reasons had changed. Some things have, and some haven’t. Let me know what you think.
Why I Blog
from February, 2015
I wrote my first blog post on WordPress, in September 2010, however, it wasn’t my first blog. I originally started in January 2010 on Blogspot, First One.
I started a blog for a couple of reasons, one was because I was photographing cycling and trying to sell the photos. A guy who worked with my husband suggested that I start a blog, that people liked blogs. Well, it never helped with the cycling, but then it had a second effect. Suddenly I wanted to post, I wanted to share my photos, and over time I realised that the photos I was taking for the posts were changing.
I changed to WordPress in September because I liked the stats better. WP had much better stats, and still do. You could really get an idea of what people were looking at, it was good. Then I started meeting people, I started making friends. I have met some amazing people virtually, I love seeing what they do. It has been such an incredible experience.
I really came to WP and blogging with the intention of using it to help me produce work. In September 2010 I was trying to do lots of things, art wise that is, painting, printmaking, drawing and taking photos. I thought having the blog would make me do work for it, but it really didn’t work out that way. Within a year of starting this blog, I made the decision to give everything else up and concentrate on photography, I have never regretted that decision.
Then in November 2011, I decided to challenge myself to see if I could do a post every day and post a photo each for the month of November, and since that time I have done a post nearly every day since. With the exception of the odd one here I still post every day. It works for me.
Posting each day makes me go out and take photos. Being a relatively lazy person, going out to take photos can be hard, so with the threat of a blog and the need for photos, I have taken far more photos than I would have otherwise. I have found the blog a fantastic incentive to take photos.
The blog has meant I have met people who I would never have met otherwise. It drives me to get out and take photos to show people. It has been an incredibly positive experience for me.
My blog in 2016
I have left WordPress.com and moved to a self-hosted site, that would have to be the biggest change. Part of the reason for that was so I would have more control over what happens. I can charge money for advertising if I choose and don’t have to worry about WP shutting me down.
Another reason was because so many people were confused between the two sites and many thought it would be better if I just had one, and I have to say, it has been much better. It is easier for people to find me, but also only doing one blog is much better to manage. It has taken a while to find my feet here, but it is slowly getting there.
Why do I still blog, well the answer is simple, I love it, and I love the people I have got to meet through it. From blogging I have been given some amazing opportunities. I have met some wonderful people who are now friends.
Blogging still remains a worthwhile activity for me. It still helps me to get out and take photos. I just hope that you still find what I have to say interesting and enjoy my photography.
The blog in 2023
Not much has really changed. I still love it and this coming week I will be meeting up with a friend who is coming to Australia. We met when I was in the US and now she is coming to my part of the world. Anne and I meet through our blogs. You can check out Anne’s blog, Slow Shutter Speed here.
I don’t blog every day anymore. I did enjoy it, and I found it easy to do. However, it was suggested that I shouldn’t do it, and so I stopped. I really lost my way with it after that. I have a schedule now and that is really working for me.
I have to admit that one reason for blogging that I did hope for would be success in the business side of it all. That didn’t happen. I have spoken about this a few times and I have said I will do a blog post about it at some point. That will be coming soon.
One of the main reasons for me for blogging is to share my photography. There doesn’t seem much point taking all these photos and not having anyone to show them to. Now that I don’t have the business anymore, I still enjoy doing this.
I like getting a lend of gear and trying it out. Sometimes I end up buying it, and other times I have to give it back. That hasn’t been too bad.
Really at the end of the day, the blog still helps me to go and take photos. That can mean trips away, either for the day or for a few days. It can also mean just going out into my garden and seeing what is out there that is worth photographing.
Blogging, after 13 years, still brings me a great deal of joy.
Do you blog and if yes, why do you blog?
NB: photos are from the first couple of years of blogging, nice to look back.