When I set out to scale back my blogging last year, I wasn’t intending to nearly abandon the blog altogether, save for posting a few photo shoots and weddings here and there. Then again — when I set out to start a photography business early in 2011, I wasn’t intending to become a blogger! Sometimes things unfold in ways you don’t exactly expect. This blog has been one of them.
I went from posting only when I had new pictures to share, in the summer of 2011, to blogging several times per week in 2012, to consistently blogging five days a week for the majority of 2013 and the first part of 2014, and let me tell you — it was draining. It wasn’t just that coming up with topics, selecting and prepping photographs, and writing and editing my posts was time-consuming. The non-stop blogging became a creative drain that left me with less energy for my photography itself, for my clients, for Danny, and for the personal projects that are my most stirring passions. What I thought would be a good undertaking for my business proved to be something bad for me.
I haven’t missed the daily blogging, because I’ve been filling that time with other aspects of my work, and with other projects — all of which I believe make me a better photographer and a more interesting person. Instead of being immersed 24/7 in the world of weddings and wedding photography, I’m exploring other things, interacting with more people, seeing the world in different ways, and constantly recharging my creative batteries. Danny and I have lots of things to talk about besides photography, pretty much for the first time since we started this business, and I’m incredibly grateful that our life has found a much better balance!
Thanks to Anne for this portrait from Easter Sunday a couple weeks ago!
So I guess if I had to sum up the point of my blog post today, it’s this: Is there something in your life that you thought would be good (for you, for your business, for your family, for your life goals) but that in reality holds you back from achieving what you most want to accomplish? If there is — maybe it’s time to let it go, or as I did with this blog, scale it back to a point where it becomes manageable again?
Think about it. Don’t let “good” keep you from pursuing “great”.