As 35hunter has evolved and the archives have grown, I’ve naturally found myself giving thought to the whole nature of blogging, why I continue, and what I gain from it.
A large part is to meet and converse with others who also enjoy photography-based beauty hunting, like you.
Another significant aspect of having a blog is as a place to think out loud, to give my thoughts a little space and freedom to grow and become more cohesive.
In our minds, a thousand thoughts a second seem to compete to be heard, trying to peek their nose above the surface of the vast ocean of our subconscious.
But when you start writing thoughts down, somehow it attracts other thoughts that are connected – even if initially the link between them seems tenuous, perhaps even invisible.
A blog is an excellent platform for this kind of thinking out loud.
Often, I’ll start a post expecting it to head in one direction, and it will instead veer off at a tangent.
I then have two options.
Follow the tangent and see where it leads, then re-title the blog post accordingly at the end, and cull any text that doesn’t fit.
Or, cut the tangential text from the post, and paste it into a new draft, with a working title, save for a later date, and return to writing the original post.
Usually I take the former approach, letting my thoughts naturally unfurl.
So perhaps calling a blog a platform for this kind of thinking out loud is too formal a description, and a far better one would be playground.
A playground is not usually somewhere to go alone, but to gather with others who also enjoy playing, in this case with thoughts and ideas.
Also, it’s a long held belief of mine – based on personal experience – that if you regularly capture your ideas – however slight or offbeat they sometimes seem – they take on a life of their own.
By writing your ideas down, it’s as if they have permission to start evolving by their own steam.
Plus, by recording that initial idea in written form (which for me is virtually always as a new blog post draft, hence why I currently have 150 and counting!), it helps me remember it better, and part of my brain can go to work on considering where and how it might unravel next.
Again, the capturing of the idea, giving it a place in the playground to play, is crucial.
Then once a post is published, it’s like throwing open the playground gates and inviting you in to play too, sharing your own interpretations and viewpoints and experiences.
And on that note, how about you? How do you see blogs (including your own, if you have one)?
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