I have to admit, I really thought that blogging would be an easier task than it was. I figured that since I am so passionate about photography and everything related to it, that it would be extremely easy to pop out a post every day. Well, when everyday didn't happen, I figured 4-5 times a week would still be alright, but it wasn't. I tried my best, but only ended up posting about 3 to 4 times a week and that was a still a stretch.
Blogging is a good experience because it forces you to focus your energy on a particular topic. I learned so much more about photography through news articles and also discovered many other photographers that I continue to follow up on. Although, I have to say, I read so many different articles, un-related to photography, that I was completely interested in and probably should have posted on my blog.
If I were to do anything differently with my blog I would have to say that I would post more of my thoughts about different articles that I read in the daily news. I understand that in this class it was easier for us to focus on one topic but I also feel that it limited our writing. I would have probably posted more photographer and artist biographies and I also wish I had time to scan and post more of my own work.
I have to be honest; I don't think I will continue my blog. I feel that if I had more of a conversational blog then more people would be interested in reading it and responding. I know it is hard to get your blog out there but sometimes even once it is out in the public domain, people just aren't interested in what you are writing about. I can also understand that people don't really want to follow a blog that isn't constantly updated.
I did show my parents and friends my blog, they thought that it was "nice," but mostly they didn't understand why I was doing it. My friends thought blogs were just online journals where people go to vent while my parents had no idea what a blog was at all. So, while my parents were trying to understand the phenomenon my friends were completely uninterested because there was no juicy gossip about my life.
Overall, I feel blogs are really only for people who are extremely, extremely passionate about something. I found it really hard to find my own voice because in the journalism world we are always taught not to have a voice because we have to remain unbiased. I know that with time, my own voice would be found, but I didn't exactly feel any progression for myself during this blog. It was certainly a learning experience though.