“Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.”
I’m delighted to be a Finalist in the 2016 Littlewoods Irish Blog Awards, of course I am. If you can hear a “but” coming that’s because I sometimes feel a little like a square peg in a round hole in the blogging world. Blogging for me fulfils a need to express creativity through photography and writing. It is a bonus to share my work and to practice a kind of contemplative being in the world. The rewards are all mine just to be able to do it.
The beauty of creating your own blog is that you can make it whatever you fancy. I began mine 5 years ago, although a life time journal writer, I lacked courage to share my work. Instead I focussed on making a day job to pay the mortgage and keep a roof over our heads! But gradually over recent years I have been returning to that early freedom, of just doing what comes naturally. It’s kind of like playing but for grown women…..
I’ve learned a lot over these years.
- I now know it’s very helpful for an artist/blogger/photographer/writer to carve out a special on line space. It’s like having your own on line gallery.
- It’s fun to be part of a blogging community but there is a lot of angst out there, don’t be a blogger unless you are blogging from the heart. Don’t bother comparing yourself to so called “Influencers”……do your own thing…..life is too short…I think you have to love what you do to begin with.
- Popularity is not everything. Feedback can be wonky and unhelpful, encouragement can get you through some grey areas. Trust yourself and what you are doing, then trust your readers even if there are only 10 of them. Fads come and go so just keep getting better at what you know.
- It can be the easiest thing in the world to rant, and the hardest thing to find solutions and make a positive contribution.
- Allow for a little mystery in what you do, you don’t have to spill your guts.
- Have high expectations of your readers. They will always surprise you and when you least expect it will love some obscure rock you were afraid might be a bit boring, or tell you that what you wrote connected with them.
- Try not to be afraid….. as Elizabeth Gilbert has said, fear can come along for the ride, as long as she doesn’t give opinions!! Choose courage!!
- On photogpraphy, just follow your instincts. Don’t get bogged down in technicalities. “Breathe in experience…..breathe out poetry” “love what you love….”
- Stretch yourself way beyond your limits and practice, practice, practice…..you will get better all the time.
These herons were photographed in Ring, the Waterford Gaeltacht. I often find while everyone else is looking in one direction, I will be looking in another. And that my friends is the secret of an interesting life!
Thank you to each of you dear friends, readers and bloggers for your support along the way and for voting me into the final for the fourth year in a row. Right now I am travelling, very much off the beaten track and lacking in wifi. So next time I will share some photos!!