It’s been weeks and weeks since I have posted on this blog. I seem to be questioning at the moment just “what” to do with my blogs and the direction they should take. Perhaps this is a common situation. Perhaps it is summer luring me away from the computer. Perhaps it is discovering the immediacy of Instagram. Perhaps I feel I am just saying the same thing over and over.
“H the Blog” has been luring request after request to use the images for free. I’m sick of managing the requests. It has made me hesitant to post any more quality images. Which leads you to wonder “Why blog?”. The best thing about blogging was sharing, but if you are reluctant to share images, the point in blogging seems to be lost. I guess I can continue to show “works in progress” and pictures of my vegetable garden (thrilling!), but if I am having to be conscious of keeping the nice images off the blog, really, what’s the point?
“Island Home” (this blog) has been fine in the blogosphere, yet island politics have left us generally lukewarm over the past 7 months. My husband says we should just hunker down when we are on the island and not worry about the community. He is always quick to point out we are almost always the only ones on the beaches……adding……. “because the rest are sitting on their computers at home whining, whinging and berating others on Facebook while also wanting to destroy the lifestyle and environment on the island”. (Yep…try taking in the whole scope of that statement!) I am struggling with blogging (or even taking) beautiful images of the island knowing what is stirring in the background. There is such a disconnect. Some people can “use and abuse” a place, some people can just “not care”, I’m just not that person. If I am owning in a community, I care about the community. Blogging “Island Home” was about sharing the beauty of the island, sharing what a great place it was…….. perhaps now I just feel that I am guilty of false advertising knowing what is happening in the background. Maybe if you want to be happy on the island you need to be a tourist. I guess I am really struggling with the hate some have of “part-timers” or “weekenders”….and it is hate. I still cannot fathom this hatred of part-timers when we pump so much money into the local economy, we create jobs, we keep businesses open. I’m just finding it impossible to get past this attitude. I’m really not sure what to do with this blog. Do I delete it? Do I let it die a natural death? Do I change its focus? Suggestions please.
My blog “Woodlea Neighbourhood Views” I shut down recently. It had started as a neighbourhood blog. Only seemed to be of interest if neighbours could use it as a forum to complain about cats in their flower beds. Then I shifted the focus to just be images of the neighbourhood (historical homes, leafy parks, etc). In the end I just didn’t feel inspired to keep it going. The scope wasn’t big enough for a picture based blog, and I always felt it was a shame that the original purpose of the blog didn’t take off. I am a believer that great neighbourhoods are formed when neighbours know neighbours and interact in positive ways…it didn’t happen.
Maybe society is letting me down. Maybe I think society is better than it actually is and that is why blogging is starting to become a disappointment. I definitely have some thinking to do.
My other two sites, http://www.debra-hunter.com and http://www.handmade-canada.com continue to be sites that are working as I intended. One, a website for my business, photography, art and handmades. The other, my new project for handmakers. http://Www.handmade-canada.com will see a few changes coming up, but any new project needs to evolve. These two sites continue to work well as they have a limited scope, share the work, and that is the only purpose for the site. These sites will continue.
And so I leave this blogging ramble with a few images of Roe Islet on Pender Island. The spot is beautiful. The images are eye-catching in black and white. I do, however, need to figure out the point of continuing with the blog and its purpose.
Feel free to share your thoughts.