ASMP — American Society of Media Photographers

Thinking of Blogging?

By February 4, 2011May 23rd, 2016Strictly Business Blog

I’m looking out at the harbor and the mountains in Santa Barbara, California. It’s still pitch black even though it’s 6 AM and I can see millions of stars in the clear dark sky.  My body is still on East Coast time, so I’m up early and there are a thousand memories going through my head. Santa Barbara is where I got my beginnings as a photographer more than 30 years ago.

When I left Santa Barbara after graduating from Brooks Institute, I never imagined that I would be writing or even would enjoy writing.  I was a photographer and I told my stories through visuals.  My language was spoken with images, not words. I’ve worked with many writers over the years, and I always looked at writing as a different discipline, with a structure and rules that weren’t familiar to me.

A few years ago, when blogging became popular, I thought that it may be something that I would enjoy.  I loved conversation and blogging was like that in a way and I knew that I would be comfortable writing in the first person. But I also knew that if I started writing a blog, that I wanted to commit to it and write on a regular basis.  It’s been almost two years since I started Journeys of a Hybrid where I write about photography and my transition to video.  It’s a mixed bag of posts about DSLR gear, audio and video tips and personal stories.  I write about whatever happens to be in my head that is begging to come out or about information or topics that I know people are interested in.

Blogging is also a great way of sharing with others and networking.  I guest blog on several sites and it’s a nice way of getting my name out there.

Here are some tips if you’re thinking of starting your own blog.

1.    Commit.  You should be prepared to write a post at least once a week.
2.    Have a point of view.  Don’t just regurgitate other information.
3.    Have something to say.
4.    Have a calendar.  Sometimes I just don’t feel like writing or I may come up with lots of ideas and write about them.  I try to pace them out and schedule them.
5.    Blogging gets you out there.  So use social media and links to help that along.