When I started blogging 7 years years ago, yes that long ago. I was blogging on Blogspot and found the platform difficult to navigate unless I used my computer. I even gave Tumblr a go, as well as a hosted blog on my old website. They all have their merits but didn’t work for me at the time.
Fast forward to 2018 and I blog from WordPress. I miagrated my content over from Blogspot. What I did notice was I getting some great blogging ideas and they would languish in my drafts. This includes going to photography meet ups and involvement with Instagram challenges. When I last looked there was 35!
So I am going to look through and see what can be published and delete the rest. These posts won’t be posted on my front page, but I will refer back to them throughout the year.
Now, so this doesn’t continue to happen do you have any tips, tricks or suggestions to help plan my blog posts better? I do have a Pinterest board with blogging tips, but I find there is a lot advice based in the US. There’s nothing wrong with this at all, I am asking with the hope bloggers and readers will reach out.
Not long ago I received an email from a colleague at my day job. This woman was also a colleague at my previous day job and remembered my love of photography. She let me know about an exhibition and a workshop on pinhole photography. It was only a few days before someone was talking about the Beyond the Battlefields exhibition at a photography meet up.
The exhibition is free and being held in Aston Webb’s Rotunda Gallery at the University of Birmingham. I didn’t realise the Great Hall was used as a hospital in WW1.
After being taken around the exhibition we started the workshop. I always have a fear that I can never keep up in workshops, but this was different. Jo Gane who took the workshop was lovely. She explained everything really well and didn’t go too fast.
We went on to prepare a drinks can ready to take our photos. The cans were then loaded with photographic paper and off we went.
My first attempt didn’t require much exposure time, two seconds. I am so happy with the result. We used a smartphone app to invert the photos.
This was the corner of my 2nd attempt, the rest of the shot didn’t expose for long enough.
My last attempt blended the old and the new. I really wanted to take a photo of a new camera.
I am so glad I attended this workshop, it was out of my comfort zone and I survived.
Over the last few weeks I have had a number of nominations for the black & white photography challenge. 5 or 7 days and you take and post a black and white photo on social media. Then you nominate someone else.
Well thank you for the nominations but I have decided not to participate this year. Mainly, because I have done it before 3 years ago.
Instead I thought I would share my photos from 3 years ago.
I still love knitting and the process of knitting. I mentioned in a previous post why I knit and that hasn’t changed.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about why I made all of the crochet poppies. I am not a big charity crafter as I find it stressful. This happened when I made these poppy brooches, but maybe with some planning it won’t be so bad.
Basketball has kept me off the streets as a child, given me structure and the opportunity to make friends across the world.
I still haven’t finished this book. I don’t read enough, even though I have the help of my talking kindle.
I don’t wear make up, but I do paint my nails. A bottle of nail varnish would be a nice treat, then I realised there was rather a lot.
Thank you for coming down memory lane with me. I am will re-visit photos, previous posts and remember what has brough me to this point in my life.
Here we are again, the week has flown by and Saturday is done and dusted. So is Sunday for that matter.
Yesterday morning I was awake and out of the house to meet up with another photographer who has had an idea. When they put their idea to me I wasn’t entirely sure but then started thinking about it I thought this could be rather exciting.
We sat and talked about photography and other things.
It also made me think about the format of my blog & the direction of it. So over the next few months I am going to try and be more consistent with posting content and will look at the format of the blog.
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Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is Be Bold for Change I am going to revisit some photos taken for a project I created last year for IWD. I had all bold ideas to do another photography project based around this year’s theme and my health has not allowed. Then one of my comrades said it not about one day but making a difference everyday.
I put together a photo montage and it included about 25 portraits and I couldn’t of done it without the help of Thomas, Tim and Ian. I added some music called Self Reflect Jared C Balogh. I will be revisiting a number of projects and shots taken and reflecting on how far I have come as a photographer.
We are 11 days into 2016 and I have noticed on social media people associating a word to 2016.
It’s not all about setting new year resolutions but having a more meaningful year. So I am going to share some of the things I am doing to have a meaningful 2016.
In 2014 I had a happy jar. Basically you write down all the positive things and moments that happen to you, then put them in a jar. Then on new years eve you empty the jar and remember all the good things that have happened. Throughout 2014 I would dip into the jar and re-read some of the things I had written down to cheer me up and keep perspective.
My word for 2016 is: consistency. I want more consistency in my crafting, photography, blogging and life. For me it’s not all about finishing things but having a steady stream of positive experiences throughout the year. So if I knit and exercise regularly I know I will feel physically and mentally better. I don’t knit to sell things, it’s because the process has a meditative aspect for me.
So I will tell you more about my photography journey in a separate blog as it is four years since I bought I bridge camera. I am hoping to blog more regularly health permitting and get involved with some more projects that will challenge me and benefits others. Also I want to get making and selling again.
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