Where I’m At
The procession of winter clouds gave way to clear sky after several weeks of wet and snowy weather here in California. This is sunset above the Sierras yesterday evening. This view is looking south at the Mountains between Yosemite Canyon and Mono Lake. You can see Tuolumne Meadows where our family camped two summers ago.
Yes, it’s been awhile since I posted. I took a break. This summer I kept busy writing an article for The Online Photographer. I poured my guts into that article and I’m really happy with how it came out (you can read part 1 here and part 2 here). Now, I am working on a book. However, saying that I’m working on a book still sounds ridiculous to me. So far, the book project consists of an incomplete chapter, a giant page of half baked ideas stored on my phone’s notes app, and a list of favorite words and phrases that I’m pilfering from songs and articles.
What about this blog? I hate to abandon it because I’ve invested so much time here and I think some of it is good content. The problem is I don’t have time to write a quality blog, the kind of blog that builds a readership. I know what a good post sounds like, I think I know how to write them, but I also know how much time it takes, and I don’t have the time. For a blog to thrive, it needs daily posts. For me, that’s impossible b
I only write during my overnights . It is impossible for me to write when I’m home from work. I have two kids and a wife who all deserve attention. We also have two big dogs, a house, and twenty different activities that we drive the kids to. My free time comes once a week on a long overnight, in hotel, and usually several time zones away.. I could spend that time holed up my hotel room writing or I could go out and take photos. Or, I could do what any other normal person does and relax, but I’ve never been normal.
Here’s my plan: I’m going to get back to posting here from time to time, but it’s going to be experimental, fun writing. No more obsessing over every word. This blog is going to be my writing warm-up zone and a place to post my latest photos. I’m also going to put up some really poorly produced YouTube videos about photos. About five years ago I went through a major shift in my photography where I loosen up my compositions and that opened up some space for the occasional happy accident. My photography got better, more interesting. I’m hoping a similar loosening here will improve my writing output. We’ll see.
As for the book, I will finish it. I must. I know I don’t have time to write a successful blog because that requires fresh material every day. A book, however, can be chipped away at here and there. And, the thing about a book is once it’s done it’s done and has value as a stand alone product. For a blog to work, you have to write quality posts day after day, if you stop they blog dies. Once my book is done, I can write occasional articles for real blogs, the popular blogs, and use those articles as a marketing vehicles for the book.
My goal isn’t to make money off a book, it’s much smaller than that. I just want to raise my stature in the photo community so that I can some day host photography clinics and have an occasional gallery show. It’s a long road, and maybe I need to find a faster car, but I might as well give it a try.*All content created by David Raboin. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Order prints of the photos featured on this blog by clicking on the image or visit our website at photos4u2c.com Support this site by using one of my links to Amazon.com. Thanks!