Each week, I read a wide variety of blog posts and articles across the internet. I wander here and wander there and before I know it I’ve spent an eternity avoiding all the work that I should have been doing by reading other people’s writing. I share my favorites here with you each week in the Weekly Wanderings link round-up. I hope you enjoy and find something useful!
The following make the list this week:
- What’s Your Potato? – David duChemin. This is quie the thought-provoking post, and it makes me wonder about the value that I provide here, particularly as I work on re-branding and ream of creating something new…and potentially huge…here. How am I meeting the needs of my audience and target reader? Lots of questions to ponder and consider.
To be blunt, in the most loving, friendly way I can, because this sermon, like most of the sermons I preach, is first aimed at myself – the world owes us nothing. And as more and more talented photographers jump in the pool the laws of supply and demand will mean there’s more supply, less demand, and for the commodity that is most abundant, the value will drop. So we – you and I – sure as shit better have something more than a mere commodity to offer. It’s hard as nails to make a living by charging for something others will gladly do for free.
- Shaking Off the Cobwebs – Judy Clemet Wall. Even though we are a month into the new year, I still feel like I’m doing the work to lay the groundwork for the year I want to have (which is why I haven’t posted about it here yet). I really like the idea of what I want to leave behind and what I want to bring froward so to speak. Feels a little bit like the full and new moon rituals in which I participate.
- 5 Proven Ways Creativity is Good for Your Health – Kirsten Nunez for Verily. I’m finding 1 & 5 particularly true for me.
- It All Matters – Alexandra Franzen. I often wonder if what I am doing matters. My work during the day is with difficult students. My audience here isn’t the largest (I think my Mom is my biggest and most consistent reader). I like the idea of being a daymaker, though. That feels right and true.
Because if you are willing to make one person’s day a little better than it was before — whether it is through a haircut, a compliment, a beautiful meal, a blog post, anything at all — then you are making a difference, and you might not realize just how big of a difference you are making.
- A Letter to My Younger, Fiery, Entrepreneurial Self – Karen Hutton. This post is all the things. As I think about all the things I’m dreaming about, I need a bit of a kick in the pants – like what am I doing, why am I doing it, how do I make it work? Great advice here.
- Creative Living with Jamie: Healing our Art Wounds – Jamie Ridler Studios. As I’m walking each day, I’ve started listening to podcasts. I listened to this one tonight as I tromped around the neighborhood, and it spoke to me. We all have wounds to our artistic self. I’ve got quite a few when it comes to writing, photography, music; I’m working through them.
- What No One Ever Says About New Beginnings – Allison Fallon. I’m working on lots and lots of new beginnings right now and while I’m excited, I’m also terrified.
If you’re in a really hard season right now, the good news is: change is coming. And when change does come, you will leave this hard season with who you’ve become in the midst of it. So do everything you can right now to become the person you want to be when your circumstances get a little better.
- Why Taking Pictures of Your Pet Will Help Make You a Better Photographer – John McIntire for Digital Photography School. I need to be more intentional about taking photos of our kids. One because I love them and the B’erd & Cobbie aren’t getting any younger, and two because I can totally see how it will help me improve my photography.
- No You Are Not an Hysterical Female and This is Not Just Anxiety – Patti Digh for 37 Days. Gah! I can so relate to this. I do not have a good relationship with doctors; I’ve had some incredibly traumatic appointments. I always feel like I need to apologize when I’m at the doctor’s office…and I hate that.
- How to Rewrite Your Past, Present, and Future – Jonas Ellison for Medium. I needed to read this as I have avoided my journal for the last two weeks really. It seems like I go through this same pattern every year. Just when I could benefit most from my journal and the work that happens there, I abandon it and make excuses for why I just don’t have the time.
I hope you enjoy what I have found for you this week! What have you read lately that struck a cord? Let me know!