Between 2011 and 2018 WordPress.com provided daily prompts, to help bloggers think of new posts while joining in together to write on the same theme. As well, there were weekly photo challenges, challenges getting bloggers showing photos. It was helpful to have this focus, for bloggers on WordPress.com joining in the same pursuit.
When the photo challenges ended on May 30, it left a void! I was undecided what to do, as I was running this blog both as a little hobby while tying it to the work I do for Maple Lawn Cemetery (often in stages of development).
I live in a small town, which means there is some concern about being creative without seeming odd. Quora has been helpful in ascertaining how to make a decision to continue. An established author on Quora – Jennifer Marshburn – https://www.quora.com/profile/Jennifer-Marshburn – suggested that I keep dabbling in photos if it has been established there is a potential to do this.
It is like starting from scratch, but that’s not a problem. I am sure it will be similarly examined to how it has been when I was working inside the structure of the prompt challenges.
I have thought that I could include photos I’ve shot myself, and also present stock photos, to draw parallels between what I think is right for this, and what a professional photographer might have thought of and made available. I know stock photos seem artificial, but I enjoy selecting photos as much as taking them.
The blog I have may or may not be effective, but it’s been a curiosity so far. Occasionally I worked on the challenges from WordPress.com the last few years, and I was surprised, like everybody else, when they finished this very spring.
If something happens where I am no longer useful, I change, but it hasn’t happened yet. I usually explain that my blog is nominally tied to the business because a small business rightfully should have a blog. That being said, I am “on the fence” in case an unforeseen problem arises that means that I have to abandon what I have been doing. I shouldn’t think so.
In any case, I appreciate the feedback I get from visitors.
The photo I am featuring today is of one downtown bus route, where the bus heads to the campus and to the biggest shopping mall in town. When I was younger, the odd time I would be there at these places, but no longer.
It’s all changed so much! The offices of the local newspaper are across the street from where I stood.
I am optimistic I will have more ideas.
It was Father’s Day I took a picture of my parents, and maybe my ability is better suited to photos of locations rather than of people. I will remember I have to watch what I photograph, and where I go.
If I think to take photos at the cemetery where I work, I will include some of those as well. We are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited
Occasionally I add my photos to the Facebook page for the business and I occasionally post links to sites I feel could be of interest.
I suspect the result I get will be determined by the quality of the content I post on Facebook and to the blog. Both will remain a dedicated hobby, I think.
It is a work-in-progress.
I am grateful, it bears saying again, for responses I receive, so to speak, the gift of a visit. This is what sparks interest in writing a blog. Have fun and thanks!
Today is World Rainforest Day.