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.