Why blog? This is a very good question. I’m sure all ‘bloggers’ have different reasons for why they do it. I can only speak for myself, but I suspect that my own reasons are changing with time anyway.
I’ve not been ‘blogging’ for long. When I started, I think I saw it as a bit of a challenge and a way of having my own web presence, although why I needed a ‘web presence’ I’m still not sure. It is still a challenge, as I have an awful lot to learn if I am to make my blog as interesting as many others out there.
I also saw it as a way of sharing some of my thousands of photographs collected over the years, rather than just letting them sit on my hard drive, unseen.
I started off with the idea of using shots from some of our recent touring holidays to tell a brief picture story of those holidays in case anyone was interested or was considering visiting those destinations. I will continue with this, but it means that many of the images used are no better than the ‘snapshots’, that they are.
Although I am only an amateur photographer, I would also like to share some of my better images. Ideally this would be by presenting a portfolio of any images that I really liked. I haven’t yet worked out how to do that satisfactorily in a blog Flickr doesn’t do it, as it includes all the ‘snapshots’ that I put in my posts. I think it may be necessary to spend money to achieve it, and as an amateur I can’t really justify that. Life is so complicated.
Having started blogging though, I am also really enjoying the opportunity to look at the work of other bloggers. I am finding much of their work inspiring and hope that I can follow their lead. I am slowly building a list of photographers whose work I really appreciate and from whom I think I can learn.
Why did I write this? I have no idea. Perhaps it is to justify why I want to continue.
Let’s finish with a picture as it is supposed to be a ‘photo blog’.
I like this one. It has been lurking on Flickr for a bit. It was taken at Kimmeridge Bay, Dorset. I entered it in a Club Competition titled ‘Sporting Action’ and it did quite well. I think it displays action quite well. It was fairly tricky to get separation between the two windsurfers, but I managed it. Sadly the sky in the original was very bland, so I pinched one that I had in another image and stuck it in. This was a challenge because I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I followed a tutorial and it seemed to work out sort of ok.