In the beginning of February, I’ll have been blogging for six years! Wow! I wonder how it’ll feel to reach 10.
Maybe I should stop before then?
I’ve briefly tried some other platforms for writing and getting feedback, interaction, but they didn’t sweep me off my feet. So I’m still here, because of the other bloggers I’ve gotten to know. You. Thank you for all the chats!
I browsed through my old blog photos and some of the travel pics from my first years seem so old now. When I wrote about them, those trips still felt fresh.
I’ve gathered some of those old blog pics in this post. There have been over 600 posts so far!! 20 000 comments (half of them are my responses). Comments and engagement are what drive me as a blogger.
This past year, I seemed to have posted a lot of photos of plants! Trees, in particular. All iPhone shots, since I broke my camera a few years ago and still haven’t gotten a new one.
During the past blogging year, I grew fond of the (free) Photoshop Express app and especially its HDR filters. Then, I started to apply full clarity and sharpening to every photo, and liked the result. In tree photos, the leaves and branches looked hyperrealistic with that edit, and I liked the effect. After editing, I uploaded the pics to WP on my phone, making my workflow faster than it had previously been when I used to edit photos on my laptop. But I still prefer to type the words in my posts on my Macbook.
For my blog’s birthday, I have a custom of publishing a gallery consisting of selected photos from each blogging month the past year:
Now, what do you think: is blogging a dying art? I’d be happy to hear if you are active on another writing or photography platform (not Instagram) which has similar levels of discussion, community and loyalty as WordPress does.
And for the next blogging year? I dream of writing more, but creativity can’t be forced. Words come to life when they want to.