Nearly three years after starting 35hunter, the time’s come for an important decision about its future.
When I began, the intention was to write about my ongoing photography journey. Back then I was using 35mm film compacts almost exclusively, having discovered film three years previously.
Indeed early draft titles included thirtyfivetwopointeight.com, after the lens spec of all my favourite cameras.
Knowing my life and interests comes in phases, I eventually settled on the less specific and more flexible 35hunter.
This worked on multiple fronts – a reflection of the type of photography I favoured at the time (35mm film), the age I’d decided to stay for the rest of my life, and the fact I was always hunting, whether for a camera, or something beautiful to capture with it.
I was of course wise to do this, as I oscillated between compacts and SLRs, before my (re)discovery of digital and how it offered me virtually all that film did (and sometimes more), saw me leave film and film cameras gathering dust on the shelf.
In the 33 months since, my photography has evolved, though I hope that this blog has offered a certain consistency in what I’m aiming for, and the quality of the writing.
Over the last couple of months I feel I’ve reached a watershed with photography.
I’m no longer endlessly chasing the next (almost) perfect camera, and have settled on five compact digitals for the vast majority of pictures, and a couple of film cameras for that increasingly unlikely occasion that I might want to shoot film again.
So I’ve arrived at a kind of endgame, which has meant taking a breath or two, before deciding where to go next with the pictures themselves. I’m in no rush.
This has coincided with a rejuvenated interest in bicycles (I might have mentioned it recently), spurred initially by wanting to find a more sustainable way to commute to work, and become fitter.
Then fuelled further by remembering that I actually love riding bikes and want to do it much more again. And explore different options that I never really did or could in the past.
So as I see it, the immediate future of 35hunter (and blogging in general for me) can go one of two ways.
Either write new posts for 35hunter that are only photography related as and when I’m inspired to, and see how often they come.
Plus start a new sister blog (35cyclist?) to write about my new adventures with bikes.
Or, and more simply, just merge the two passions together, and write about both photography, cycling, and everything interconnected here in one place on 35hunter.
This would not exactly be a revolutionary approach.
One of the blogs I read most often is Jim Grey’s Down The Road, which contains a fair chunk of posts about cameras and photography, but others on roads, bridges, buildings, cars, travelling, family, social media, blogging and sometimes politics and religion.
Its eclecticism is unified of course by Jim himself, and whilst I prefer some posts to others, it doesn’t ever feel like a disjointed or scattered blog.
So I think this is the likely approach I’ll take.
A couple of my other favourite blogs (Wouter28mm and Lovely Bicycle (Thanks for the tip Jon!)) both revolve around a core topic (photography and cycling respectively), but feature far wider reaching thoughts and subjects, and readily embrace how photography and cycling offer both metaphors for life, and help us get through the difficult times more unscathed that if we didn’t have them.
To you the reader, you of course have the choice as to what and how much you want to read.
I’d love for you to stick around, continue to read what you enjoy, and leave what you don’t.
I’d also welcome feedback (right now, and in the future) about 35hunter, what you enjoy about it and why. It helps encourage me to keep writing. And the blog would be a pretty lonely place without your conversation!
So please leave any thoughts you have on the evolving 35hunter (and indeed on how your own blog has evolved over time) in the comments below, I’m really interested to hear.
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