What to know how a blog is born? Well, I can only tell you my experience with blogging, and, boy, what an experience it has been!
Let's flashback to summer 2015. The Professor and I were in Florence, Italy. It was the end of an incredible 2-week vacation. I had just photographed a fountain on some random street. "What am I ever going to do with all these photos?" At that point, I had taken over 1000 photos and had no clue what would happen to all those beautiful pictures.
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A blog is Born
But, back to my internal crisis for a second. While pondering these questions, the light-bulb suddenly came "on." It was simple and made complete sense. I would BLOG again. Never, ever did I see that one coming. My blog roll had died years ago. But the idea of blogging just felt right.
It took me several months after that moment abroad to figure out exactly what I wanted to say and what value I could bring readers. I had the "why" but not the "what." What are my interests and skills? How can I help others do? Are there problems I can solve?
Now, what you don't know is that 10 minutes before this I was pondering a big question. "Why can't I always feel this great?" Twelve happy days away from work FELT great. My back didn't hurt anymore. I was less anxious about life. I was smiling more and being kind.
That was the moment I realized how important traveling and exploring had become. It refreshes me and replenishes my spirit. Traveling feeds my cultural curiosity like nothing else.
Feeling good has a way of exciting you. You feel invigorated, full of ideas. You feel strong, capable of taking on anything. Have you ever experienced this? I can't be the only one...
You may be asking, "why would you want to blog?" Well, if you want the truth, this blog was born out of desperation, frustration, and fatigue. It was a product of much anguish and soul-searching. Like most people, my full-time job can be SUPER stressful. The kind that absorbs you and takes no mercy. Anyone know what I mean?
Having a creative outlet is great stress-reliever for me. For a long time, mine had been my little "cooking" blog. But, since moving to Los Angeles, my keyboard had gone quiet. Blame it on the lifestyle, access to excellent cuisine, or maybe the traffic. (For more information about my move, see my About Me page.)
I do have one lasting love to be thankful for as a result of blogging: my love of photography. Before blogging, I had used only a point & shoot digital camera. To hold my first all-in-one camera felt great. Even better was my first DSLR, which was gifted to me (along with a ton of other equipment). Yes, I was lucky!
Shooting, editing and posting photos is my creative outlet since moving. Each time I pick up my DSLR I learn something new about the camera, photography, and my shooting style. Adobe Lightroom has taken my editing to a new level, too. I truly love the time I spend with my photos. My beau and his father are to thank for my
The Big Question
If you're like me, your photo collection has GROWN over the years. It's sad to see them hidden away in little files, just waiting to be seen. Yeah, Facebook can be great for promoting your travel photos, but only to a small number of family and close friends have access to view them. Good pictures (at least they look good to you) deserve to be seen, right?
"How can I get my photos out there? What value can they bring to others?" These are the questions I asked myself that day in the streets of Florence. And the answers lead directly to this blog. The goal of my new venture is to marry my love of photography, travel, and exploration with my love for my new city: Los Angeles.
If you want to explore my blog more, then I suggest you visit the page dedicated to My Blog. There you'll find out more about my adventures and learn how to use my blog.
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