First by accident and then with a renewed purpose, I began making daily blog posts. I’ve been doing this for over two months now. A big change from my once or twice a week postings. This shift has had unintended positive consequences.
Creating something new everyday is a powerfully stimulating force, though it can equally intimidate. I’ve always had elaborate plans for this blog but I’ve been unable to break free — doing the same thing for years. It takes a lot of work making long posts and the pull of entropy was dragging me down.
Creating short posts avoids procrastination. And thinking creatively everyday has inspired new ideas. Writing, which has always been a challenge, becomes less onerous and even enjoyable. The experiment of the Photo Sketchbook has spawned other collections, Deep Blacks, Technicolor and Travelgrams. I have several others already planned.
Creating daily content has unlocked my old photos, tapping into work that even I have forgotten. I’ve always created more images that I can blog about and my increased pace should help in this regard.
I think all the time now, about my next post. How do I add variety so things don’t get monotonous. Do I vary the style, the location or the subject? What’s the balance of gear talk to photography? Ideas are swirling and percolating.
What I fear though is sustainability. How long can I continue at this pace? Would I have enough quality content? Would the energy from the new-found excitement, diminish? Most likely. And that’s when the real work begins.
I went on a photowalk with my friend last night. Shooting at night on Burnet Road, an up and coming but visually challenging area. I’m happy with this photograph. A composition that I would have never considered a few months ago.
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