Readers Who Care: Are you out there?

These thoughts have been swimming around in my head for a while, now, but given that I've been spending time on other things, and am now considering how much time I want to continue to spend on the blog, it seemed high time for some soul-searching.

On the one hand, I really enjoy it.  Writing a blog gives me a chance to reflect on things I've shot and on moments I've captured.  I've realized a number of things about the world by virtue of those reflections that I might have missed otherwise, and that's something I value.

On the other hand, it takes a ton of time.  Hours to go through the photos just to see what I shot, more hours to pick out a couple photos to hopefully serve as milestones for a coherent story, and then hours beyond that to weave the photos together with words.  And much like any other storyteller, I like it when people listen.  I like it when people appreciate the time and effort I put in.

Over the past couple months, the extent of that appreciation has been called into question.  When I asked people for their favorites a year ago, for It's Wet Outside, people seemed to have no problem voicing their opinions.  Yet when I specifically and directly asked for feedback about the blog, the response was paltry in comparison.  Most recently, when I suggested that I might enjoy a pat on the back after spending a full three days making A Christmas Poem, the only response was from my close friends.

This isn't to say that I don't appreciate those responses; I most certainly do.  But if my goal were simply to connect with a small group of my close friends, I wouldn't be writing a blog.

So the point is this: I have more things that I'd love to work on than I have actual time to spend.  I'm currently trying to figure out where this blog fits into that picture, and how much of that time I should devote to it.  The response to this post will directly affect how much effort I put into the blog in the future.  Feel free to leave comments, send email (feedback10@doppler-effect.net), or get in touch with me any other way you feel like.

And just to set expectations, I shoot enough where I could probably do a post every week or two.  On the other end of things, I have no problem doing four posts a year and focusing on other things I've been neglecting.

To borrow a bizarrely appropriate and somewhat ironic line from Sherlock Holmes, "I have trained myself to notice what I see."

Omari
Hey, it's me! I’ve been a documentary photographer for 17 yrs, software engineer for even longer, and plenty of other things in between.