Over the past few years, I would say that blogging has not been my strongest area of the business. Perhaps it was because I was trying to juggle my one and two year old while working part time at UCF and having my husband work towards his PhD - but regardless of what excuses I come up with, I did not do well with my blog presence. My blogging kind of reminded me of yo-yo dieting. I would forget about it for a while and just let it lapse and then all the sudden it would hit me that I wanted a "better body" (a better web presence) and I'd "hit the gym hard" (blog a lot) for a couple of weeks (or sometimes even just a week) - feel overwhelmed and then stop again.
I think one of the main reasons for my lack of blogging is that I was afraid. I didn't think anyone would care to read what I wrote. So, thinking that I didn't have anything interesting to say, I would say nothing at all. Well, I am trying to change my perspective on life and stop using excuses that get in the way of my end goals and change my lifestyle - in both health and business.
At the end of the day, if I want to blog, I need to blog for me - so that I feel good and not because the masses are demanding it, because right now, honestly there are no masses breaking down my door begging me to write.
So I am going to embark on a new journey of online journaling. The blog will be about me in all areas of my life, not just the business. It's going to be around photography, inspiration, well-being, health, fitness, happiness, beauty, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and whatever seems to come my way. It is my hope that in being 100 % genuine through my entries that I will in the end connect with other like minded people, whether they be photographers, business owners, women, moms, or people who are seemingly complete opposites of myself, that I will indeed find people who hear me.
I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to work with a business coach earlier this year, Jeffrey Shaw (www.jeffreyshaw.com), who spoke a lot about "finding your tribe". He would often say that not everyone will like your work (or your writing), but you aren't looking to be a photographer to the masses, you are looking to find the group of likeminded people who connect with you, understand you, and appreciate you. Well, that is my focus this year. As I have shifted my focus of photography from mainstream (newborns, babies, kids, children, families, weddings) to a specialization in fine art beauty portrait sessions, I too will shift my blog.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy going on this journey with me and getting to know me. I invite your feedback to each entry and will work on either commenting back or perhaps even creating a new entry in response to the feedback if it seems that it calls for greater focus.
For today I am simply going to leave you with a little vision board that highlights some of the elements that make up who I am at this point in my life. This is by far not all the important things, but just some of the daily pieces that make up a bit of who I am.
Thanks for your time...and until tomorrow.
p.s. Wondering what was on the old blog...or what happened to it? I am leaving it up as of right now at jreganphotography.blogspot.com.