This blog is now four years old and it’s starting to reunite my brain

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A few weeks ago, when I was in Hawaii actually, this blog hit its 4th birthday. I’ve been at this thing as long as it took to get my undergraduate degree. In some ways, I’ve probably dedicated more energy into this endeavor than my formal university education. That may be an exaggeration, but sometimes it feels that way.

So why do I expend so much energy on this thing? I’ve thought about this a lot.

Our analytical left brain works hard to optimize our thoughts for making a living. I’m guilty of this and I’m not proud to admit that my university education was meant as a vehicle for getting a better job, instead of the pursuit of knowledge. But there is so much more to life. Quite unexpectedly, working on this blog has begun to breakdown the walls to the creative and emotional right brain.

What good is making a living, if there’s no emotion and passion to live it?

First through photography and now through this blog, I’m tapping into the long dormant creative side that most of us have mothballed since childhood. And as I slowly jack hammer the wall that separates the two halves, I’ve realized that life can be so much richer. Photography trains me to see. The blog helps me to express.

In the last year, my interest in writing continues to grow. I’ve started dabbling in poetry (Haiku) for the first time. I’ve created my first video. I’ve enjoyed tweaking the look of the site and made a major design change last September. These activities feed my creative side.

But, old habits die hard. My analytical mind is fully present on this blog too. Pavlovian conditioning reinforces equipment oriented posts since they generate the most views. The quest for a larger audience may be misguided, especially if this blog is meant purely as a creative outlet. But life, of course, is more complex than that. Sure the blog soothes my desire for creative expression but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a larger audience.

I’m in an active struggle to balance gear talk with photography and creative expression. The uneasy blending that I’ve been working on is to wrap stories and ample photos around cameras I talk about or review. Truth be told, my equipment reviews are a devious attempt to showcase my photographs on unsuspecting readers. People come to find out about a camera and they are presented with my photos taken with said camera. I hope, dear reader, that you don’t mind.

I have no idea what the fifth year will bring. I’ll continue to break down the walls to my creativity. Hopefully you will find this interesting. Perhaps you too will find ways to tap into what interests you.

Thank you for your continued visits.


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12 thoughts on “This blog is now four years old and it’s starting to reunite my brain

  1. I only discovered your blog earlier this year, so I had a great time catching up with all your old posts. I contacted you at the time to say that I regarded your blog as among the best of its kind. It not only has good photos, but the text is always informative, entertaining and literate. It has a kind of freshness to it, I think.

    I’m glad that it hasn’t become a chore or a burden for you and that you’ll keep it going. A lot of bloggers seem to run out of steam. Here’s to the next four years.

    Malcolm

    1. Malcom, thank you for the kind words. They really do mean a lot.

      There are times when the blog is a chore, it does take a lot of time. I understand why many blogs run out of steam. I will continue on as long as it continues to fulfill my creative need. Hopefully it will be going strong 4 years from now.

  2. Congratulations, Andy! It is most likely very good that you got your technical degree first, as that provided you with enough income to raise a family and now to pursue all of your photography interests.

  3. A belated happy birthday Andy. I will say that your reviews are among my favourite. This is probably because they are “real world” reviews rather than done in a lab by pixel-peeking techno-nerds. As an IT nerd myself however, I totally understand your need to balance the analytical side of the brain with the creative side. I feel the same way and practice photography partly for that reason. Anyway, from a totally selfish point of view I can only ask that you keep doing what you’re doing but if you venture down new topics or a different mix of posts, I have no doubt that I will continue to drop by.

    1. Thank you Cedric. I’m sure I will continue with the reviews and others have also been very complementary of my review style. Others already do excellent clinical reviews and I would be board to tears if I had to do them.

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