In writing this blog, I hope it will serve three self-fulfilling purposes: reclaim my creative writing ability, further promote my photography business and adjust the negative attitude I’ve been cultivating toward blogs, blogging and bloggers.
My journalism career snuffed out creative writing. Facts and direct words replaced synonyms and alliteration. Near the end of my three-year stint, even my feature articles read like a news story. I don’t know how to get it back, without losing my newspaper writing, but I’m going to give it a go.
Before leaving my first, but likely not last, newspaper reporting job, I started a photography business as a start to getting in touch with my creative sides. Another hurdle to cross, I am working on giving directions during photo sessions. So used to just observing the scene, I now need to tell people how to pose. It’s a serious transition.
The poor attitude started in journalism school. Learning that some ignorant types would spew information, passing it off as factual, only to discover their source was a blog. On top of that in the late 2000s, it seemed everyone got a blog. Another form of Facebook, only in story form. Who cares about your math test or your new crush? Not me. After the initial rush of the attention-seeking-teens, a FEW blogs emerged that are interesting, engaging and intelligent.
Who will read this blog? My mom. And maybe one other person.