I read a lot of blog posts during the week – I kind of consider them like a little retreat during the beginning, middle, or end of a day – thus the title of this series of posts – weekly retreats. I try to remember to collect the best of them here for you each week so you can be as entertained or prodded or as moved as I am.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- Why Personal Blogs Can Never Really Survive Monetization – Jennine Jacob for Independent Fashion Bloggers.
Does your significant other roll their eyes when you won’t let anyone eat before you photograph and tag the brunch on social media? Does your friend stand there awkwardly when you have to take a million photos to get that perfect selfie for your Instagram? Does everyone in your life say, “Don’t put that on your blog!” This may happen. And if it does… you’ve blurred the lines from life to blog, and it’s time to draw some boundaries.
This happens occasionally in my life – like the other night when I told Sweet Husband that I would come to bed after I finished my post, and he asked me if my posts were more important than him. Ouch.
- 4 Reasons Why A Writer Must Carry a Notebook – Louise Moulin. These are the reasons why I have a notebook with me at all times. Not that I really use it but it’s always there in case I do.
- The Hell No List – Create as Folk. It’s an interesting thought – what won’t I do for money any more? Last year I had lots of thoughts about what I would and wouldn’t do – what I was and wasn’t too proud to do to get us through these moments. And I’m having them again because for me it comes down to – what will it take to get me home?
- To Be Present & Observe – Finding Serendipity. I seriously want to spend a day with her. I want to be able to create photos like that.
- 31 October Writing Prompts – Mama’s Losing It and Write On: October Blogging Prompts and Journal Prompts: Letter Prompts– Hello Neverland and October Prompts – Write ALM (some of my favorites – pasted into my writer’s notebook for easy reference) and 31 Days of Writing Prompts for October -The SITS Girls. Because I sometimes have difficulty thinking of what to write and it’s always nice to have a few things in my back pocket to think about.
- Wake Up Your Creativity – Jamie Ridler. Jamie always has some great suggestions, and this post is no different. I’m considering the hair suggestion and the media-free day (I know. I KNOW).
- A Gentle Guide to Waking Up Early – Be More with Less. I don’t need this, what with my normal work week wake-up calls of 3:00 and 4:00 a.m., but there might be some folks out there who do.
- What is Your Real Story? Your Real Wild Bio – Do What You Love. In the Clever Cookie Blog School, we worked on creating engaging About pages. Going through this exercise might be helpful in creating a better vision of who i am and what I’m doing.
- Are You Missing From the Visual Story of Your Life? – Vivienne McMaster. I’m not in as many photos as I should be, but I decided a long time ago, particularly as a single female traveler, that if I wasn’t in the pictures, how was I going to remember who and where I was? I may not like every picture that I am in (and many of them I don’t), but I show up for them because I deserve to be a part of the story of my life.
- On Choosing Our Adornment – Susannah Conway. It is a gorgeous tattoo…and it makes me want to finish the one on my right thigh and to being one either on my back/shoulders or my left thigh. It’s been too long since I had some body modification done.
- This, this, this, and this from Karen Hutton. Seriously – go follow her. Subscribe to her updates, something. Such gorgeous photos. You deserve to see them; make sure you don’t miss them.
- The Next Step – David duChemin. He’s been speaking to me. Like I want to spend a day with Patty from Finding Serendipity, I’d love to spend some time with Mr. duChemin…although I don’t even really know what I’d ask him. I’m reading everything he’s writing, and his books are on my list of things to read.
All sales comes down to an honest, relational, scratching of itches. Find an audience to whom you bring value. Maybe it’s not direct sales of prints or licences. Maybe it’s live lectures because your photography is good but combined with your public speaking, it’s a killer combination. Maybe it’s not finding clients at all, but teaching others. However you do it, it’ll be different from the way anyone else does it. No systems, no shortcuts. In my experience, photographers – otherwise very creative – don’t get creative enough with their thinking on this stuff.
I just sent a long-overdue email to my creativity coach, and I think this paragraph kinda hits on what I’ve been missing. There are lots of ways to get to where I want to go. I just need to figure out how to do it…and then I need to put in the time.
- The Mistakes that Build Success – Quinn Creative. Quinn says, “Those people who don’t make mistakes are people who aren’t trying hard enough.” I struggle with mistakes – a hold over from a need to be perfect, but this is a great reminder for me.
- Write This Sentence Down Where You Can See It – Danielle LaPorte. I want to do more than dream about my ideal life. I want to live it. I suppose, though, I have to dream about it first.
What were your favorite reads this week? Let me know; I’m always looking for new things to read!