Thursday, October 6, 2016

Refocusing


I have been having a hard time finding my way back to my blogging voice this week. Last week I finished an article for the on-line magazine, Rural, that I periodically write for. I love writing, but anyone who tells you it isn't a lot of work, is a liar, or extremely blessed. I am neither.


Once I lose the voice, I have a really hard time refocusing.


It isn't that I haven't been out exploring, I have. These photos were taken last week on a trip to our local garden and sculpture park. I am shooting for a once a season visit. I went this summer, and now I have been in Autumn, next up will be winter.


That also happened to be the last day of my rental with the Canon 6D. I love the camera, but haven't ordered it yet. My husband and I have a trip planned to Indiana to tour wooden covered bridges in a couple of weeks. I guess we will see what happens between now and then...


What usually helps me dive back into my blog is a project. My friend Lee and I Skype nearly every Wednesday, she is a fellow blogger, photographer and writer. We have a virtual friendship that is going on two years now, we have had an on-line friendship for almost four years, but we have never met in person. She lives in Maine, I live in Michigan.


When we were Skyping this week, we were reminising about past groups and projects we have done together that have encouraged our blogging practice. We hit upon one that we use to do that involved posting our favorite photograph from the previous month, along with a story about why it meant something to us. We both loved that practice, and agreed that we missed it.


Then the magic happened. Even though that particular project no longer exists, why couldn't we start our own project, just she and I sharing our favorite photo and the story behind it. So that is what we are going to do.


Coming this weekend the first in our new monthly project, stay tuned.

21 comments:

  1. What a great idea I think we can become stale and shut off sometimes....

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  2. Your project sounds like a fun idea! I understand what you mean about losing focus - for me having a project works well. Sometimes when I'm blogging I look at what I've done and wonder what my point was - or if there is even supposed to be a point - maybe not always. As I start to get back into this, I think I'd like to think up a project or challenge for myself to get me focused. I'll be interested to watch yours progress. And - wonderful images! I kind of think you need that camera ;-)

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  3. Can't wait! I also adored that - hope it's a link up cause I'd love to join in!

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  4. Great idea! And a link up would be fun too ;)

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  5. Love what you did with that rental camera, Sarah! Fabulous images at the sculpture park. I look forward to your new project. So great that you're always challenging yourself.

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  6. Love your fall images with the rental. I enjoy your writing also. I so appreciate that you said it is a lot of work. I don't consider myself a writer and it feels like a lot of work sometimes to get a words to go along with my pictures. I thought it was just me. :) Your new project sounds like fun, looking forward to it.

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  7. I love that windmill shot looking up, those vines! swoon! The last 2 are killers too. Tell Santa he needs to start his shopping early. Know what you mean about Instagram. I hardly posted in Sept and wouldn't be now if it wasn't for all these fun pumpkins from my garden.

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  8. Looking so forward to this, Sarah!

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  9. Great intro, Sarah. I'm excited about our project!

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  10. Sarah, Sarah . . .
    Love each/all of your photos . . .
    The final pic in this post . . ,
    Really Love . . .
    You are so good!
    I am excited to see what's next . . .

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  11. Sounds like a great project Sarah. Your photos for this week are gorgeous!!

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  12. Sounds like a wonderful idea. Looking forward to your photo.

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  13. My favourite photo is the last but one - with the gorgeous flowers in the foreground and the leading lines of the path making me think I can step into the picture and walk there!
    I like the idea of your new project with your blogging friend. New ideas bring in a breath of new energy and we can all do with that at some time or other!

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  14. I look forward to your project. Such a nice friendship for you to have!

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  15. That sounds amazing! It's funny, I've just pressed publish on a blog post about being stuck creatively and was thinking back on the groups and courses I used to do that kept me focused and inspired, including the one you're talking about. Really looking forward to seeing what you and Lee come up with - and taking some inspiration from it too. Love your images and words here. x

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  16. Beautiful photos! Looking forward to seeing your new project!

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  17. Great post!!! would you like to follow each other's blog dear? Please let me know, I am following you now.thank you :)

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  18. One would never know that you were shooting with something that's only been in your hands about a week. Lovely, each one, but I'm smitten with the barn image.

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  19. Love the post, from the paisley rain boots through the fantastic pictures that pull me into your homeland in such a heartfelt way...like Carol, I'm especially smitten with the barn image.

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  20. Love it and how rewarding to have a friend that can inspire you to continue.

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  21. What a great post Sarah. I'm excited to see what your plan is!

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