Another bend in my blogging journey

Journey

If you’ve followed blogs for a while, you will inevitably notice that bloggers tend to have epiphanies somewhere along their journey about their purpose for blogging, the direction of their blog, their branding.

I started this blog to create and connect mostly through my writing. I grew up with the thought of possibly being a writer one day, yet I’ve never seen myself as a brilliant writer.

Over time, as I was urged towards a different academic direction (one I never felt much passion for), I dismissed the idea of a career in writing. In any case, I have often felt my writing style tends to the verbose. I get too detailed, throwing in superfluous words, maybe even waffling at times. In stark contrast, the writing I find myself drawn to is clear and succinct, where each word is measured and purposeful, yet powerfully expressive. Maybe being a writer was just a child’s dream.

It’s been 18 months since I started this blog. The first six months were full-on, full-time, unpaid social media engagement as I worked hard to establish myself, as bloggers usually do. My devoted followers grew, however, the numbers are still small. Honestly, though, that’s okay for me. The responsibility of maintaining a large community was too daunting a thought and I didn’t want to feel I was letting anyone down.

After realising I could not sustain the time I had been investing in social media, my blogging journey changed in 2012, mostly due to a shift in priorities, a theme threaded through many of my posts last year. Family and home had to come first. Yet whilst “full-time” blogging, tweeting, “facebooking”, blog reading and commenting took a back seat, my use of Instagram continued, as my passion for mobile photography grew.

It was quite a surprise to realise I was such a visual person. I had no idea! Despite this, for some unclear reason, I’ve always felt the need to keep the writing (blogging) and photography (instagram) separate.

In 2013, I think it’s time to remove the invisible distinction between both. Maybe my other childish, childhood fantasy of being a documentary filmmaker and photographer in the savannah’s of Africa might come true one day after all!

Has the new year brought new directions in your blogging, or life?

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43 thoughts on “Another bend in my blogging journey

  1. It’s great that you’re finding your direction V. You write beautifully and you have a natural talent for amazing photography. Your posts (and photography) are always inspiring and perhaps it would make things easier on yourself if you could somehow combine the two. (…And I don’t see any reason why you can’t pursue your childhood fantasy!)

    • Thank you for your encouraging words, Deb. I am starting to think the childhood dreams and little wishes we have don’t have to remain fantasy. I know they may come to fruition a little differently than expected but this year, I hope to actually make steps to see what happens. I can always change direction again! Veronica

    • I think I’m still evolving in my direction, Deb, but photography does play a part. I appreciate your kind words about both my photography and writing. I haven’t thrown out my childhood fantasy’s totally but I guess they evolve as we do through life. xo

  2. I always wanted to be a writer when I was growing up too, and I’m not quite ready to give up on that yet!
    When it comes to blogging, however I started by wanting to share my story with the world, but have found that apparently the world isn’t overly interested. So now I blog for me. It documents my travel through this thing called life. I spent much time trying to build an audience and make friendships, but found that it got me nowhere, so I have stopped trying now and just do it for the passion of writing.
    Good on you for finding your direction! xx

    • It takes a lot of effort to build a large audience in blogging. I put hours and hours into when I started but I couldn’t see at the time that it wasn’t sustainable. Still, the initial time investment did bring me a small group of followers I call friends, some I’ve even met in real life. But trying to write to attract others is hard slog. Writing from the heart just for ourselves is the most genuine way to write, IMHO. Thanks for dropping by, Chrissie.

  3. It’s a great feeling when you realize where you want to go next, after feeling vaguely (or clearly!) unsatisfied for so long. Good luck on this new path!

    Visiting from IBOT.

  4. I have also found this blogging caper to be very time consuming. My first priority is to my family and my health so I have had to try to come to terms with this – that means growing readership a lot more slowly than I had hoped.
    I really enjoy your writing style and hope your new path gets more clearly defined as you meld the two. Good luck 🙂
    Becc via #ibot

    • I appreciate your visit and feedback, Becc. Blogging takes a lot of energy. If you don’t have a love or passion for it, or inspiration, it’s hard to keep it up. You look like you’re doing well though. 🙂

  5. Your IG photos always captivate me. There’s a little part of me that wishes I could just steal an inch of your talent 🙂
    As for the blogging, yes it is time-consuming. I just think back to what somebody said at one of the conferences, “Pick a couple of social media outlets and do them well, rather than do them all and get yourself in a muddle”
    You’re so at home with IG and I’m loving what you do with Project Life. Keep it up! x

    • Grace, you’ve got a great eye for photography. I really enjoy a lot of the shots you post.

      Thanks for the advice about social media too. It makes a lot of sense. I just need to get organised to stick to it!

  6. Oh I’m so excited for you V! I do think that you are a brilliant photographer, even just on IG. It’s great when you can combine both your passions and I don’t see why you shouldn’t give photography a more prominent space here.

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • Still trying to get my act together with the photography on the blog, Ai, but thanks for the encouragement. I’ll get there. Just have to stop stalling and do it! 🙂

    • Blogging is such an interesting learning curve. I hope you’re enjoying it so far. Being a journalist/freelance writer, I assume it’d come easy to write, but I’ve learnt over time that these may not necessarily be so. Thanks for dropping by, Emily. I appreciate your feedback.

  7. Words and pictures can be very powerful. I look forward to seeing how you do bring these together. I love the IG too (was very vocal and snarky about the ‘whoops we didn’t really mean we are going to sell your pictures’ thing, but I am reserving judgement for the moment). Good luck with your new direction! Visiting from #teamIBOT

    • Thanks, Twitchy. I’m still on IG and enjoying it too but being cautious about what may come. I’m also deleting a lot of old photos and just tidying up my gallery. I follow a lot of serious photographers so am watching what they do.

  8. I think there is definitely a way to bring them both together and satisfy you’re creative itchies.
    I had the dream of making movies too, but not documentaries. I’ll leave that for you instead 🙂

    • I’m enjoying my Project Life journey so far and the challenge to find words and quotes to go with the images and themes. Whether I’ll ever get to documentaries, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll see what inspiration I get from Vine! 🙂

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Kirri. I know you commented a while back on an earlier post about my photography. I might take up the idea you proposed to explain why I took certain photos the way I did, the filters I used, etc. I’d have blogging ideas a-plenty! xo

  9. I think new directions are wonderful and am sure you are going to go far with whatever you pursue – start with where you are and keep heading towards the documentary/photography angle – must follow you on IG (onwe of my goals this year is also to be less verbose, more visual and more efficient (nowhere near the level of social media and blogging as in 2012) xxx

    • Thanks for the advice, Deb. Are you on IG? I could’t see your username on your blog. I’d love to follow you too.

      I’ve seen you change and evolve through 2012 and look forward to seeing where you go in 2013 too. xo

  10. I always wanted to write since I was 9. I went to uni to do a communications degree majoring in journalism and found that editing and the visual medium really spoke to me. I had no ambition of getting into film; but I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it and was good at it. It was really by chance that I got involved in film to begin with. And now I try and do both.

    Love & stuff
    Mrs M

  11. You hopefully know by now just how talented I think you are with your photography hun and your writing for that manner. But your photos always get me and I just stare at them and stare at them. You will rock that goal like no one can – I know it! xx

  12. Blogs are always changing because your life changes with time. You could have a blog that shows your awesome instagram pictures and other visuals. I do understand what you mean about how blogging does take up a lot of time, and to maintain it you have to keep putting in that time. I struggle with that, too.

    • It’s funny how I used to think when I tackled projects or goals that I had to “make it” or “arrive”. But you are quite right, Maria. As I’ve gotten older, I believe we are a work in progress and that we never quite “arrive”.

  13. Wow! I want to see that documentary! I love your writing Veronia and I love your photos. I think that they both represent how you see the world and that is what is unique. I love a good epiphany! xx

  14. Don’t stop honey I really look forward to reading your thoughts (and seeing them in celluloid) in 2013. Like u, blogging is a passionate outlet for me, I love it, but also can’t always keep up with the social media demands. I do it when I can and try not to feel any pressure when I don’t.

    • Thanks so much, Kim. I’ve let go a bit more with the pressure to keep up but it’s still there far too often. It is a commitment but I know there are those that will stick with you regardless of how frequently you post, read and comment. Your comment has reminded me to go check out how your end of last year overseas adventure wrapped up. xo

  15. I love your IG stream – lots of gems there for sure
    I’m doing lots of IG but its still separate to my blog too – although I do “borrow” the photos to illustrate some writing every now and then
    Your childhood dream sounds amazing – I say go for it

    • Oh, Ally, I love YOUR IG stream. Your work inspires me too. I love your flowers and just how you see things around you. Your home is gorgeous too. I think you could incorporate them into your blog too but you need to feel right and comfortable doing that. I’ve lots of stored up images to post now.too many. I just didn’t get around to sharing them through January. Eeek!

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