24 January 2014
Let me know which photograph you prefer and why.
The year 2014 brings a multitude of possibilities as well as a plethora of gratitude–gratitude for the gems that I’ve received as the photographer and writer for this blog. While I shy away from the relentless need (Oh, who am I fooling; you know that I check them.) to view statistics or hope for other by-products from this journey, the true rewards are from the readers and subscribers. Seriously, your gifts have filled my cup many, many, many, many times.
I suppose that it’s inherent in the human condition to desire a mirror effect where reflections reverberate back to us from this online journey. That is, that the world responds to our ideas and visions.
Little by little connections have been made. Little by little my own response to this experiment has pushed me farther and farther.
Here are a few results that from the tail of 2013 and the embryo that is 2014:
1. Next month will be a year since “Phoneography Challenge, the Phone as Your Lens” was started.
2. This month my blog has over 1,000 Followers.
3. Recently, I received two more award nominations: Sisterhood of the World Award and the Lighthouse Award. My gratitude is extended to Margaret (please visit her here) for the Sisterhood nomination, and Irene (please visit her here) for the Lighthouse nomination.
6. My blog has had more than 60,000 mark visitors.
7. This post is #275.
Let me speak to the nominations. When these recognitions occur, my first reaction is to be humbled. Then I am alerted to the reason for this blogging life: to communicate through my photography and writing. The awards are a way an individual tells me that I am reaching into their lives, and leaving an impression. That is huge and inspires me to be better: to create original work that tells something specific about our universe.
It also reminds me that although I have over 1,000 subscribers; each is an individual that I want to touch. Beyond the self-expression my joy comes from the connection, the camaraderie, the support, the network.
It’s really the dialogue with readers that is the essence of this journey. And I am forever grateful for each of you for stopping, and taking a chance to see what I embrace.
The Phoneography Challenge was born as I came to understand that my iPhone 4s is as much a photographic companion and tool as my Nikon DSLR. Both have their assets and liabilities. Both are instruments to explore my own vision, and record the immediate universe. The Phoneography Challenge has brought more joy than I can express. The dialogue with participants continue to expand. Please see my post in early February that will honor these community of Phoneographers.
The Internet allows users to make their imprint and, if they choose, shore their creativity. It provides a path to build knowledge, confidence, self-expression, networks. It is space (full or empty) for quiet or loud participation.
Mainly, it is a place: a meeting place for interaction that sparks ideas and encourages contemplation and even supports action. It is a place where I met you.
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.