I’ve been following the work of photographer and writer CJ Chilvers for the last year or so. He makes me question my assumptions and think differently. CJ’s not quick to jump on anybody’s bandwagon. He espouses creative living through blogging. Photographers often abandon blogging for Instagram or Facebook, or just a portfolio. This is a big mistake. . . It’s about building a body of work you can be proud of. It’s about building relationships with people who will make your life better.
In CJ’s recent blog post, Seth Godin Explains Why You Should Blog Daily, he reviews the pros and cons of blogging every day. In the end, he sides with Seth who has this to say.
"Everyone should write a blog, every day, even if no one reads it. There’s countless reasons why it’s a good idea and I can’t think of one reason it’s a bad idea."
"If you know you have to write a blog post tomorrow, something in writing, something that will be around 6 months from now, about something in the world, you will start looking for something in the world to write about. You will seek to notice something interesting and to say something creative about it. Well, isn’t that all we’re looking for? The best practice of generously sharing what you notice about the world is exactly the antidote for your fear."
To tell the truth, I never considered the pros or cons of daily blogging, at least not beyond whether it might be too much pressure or work for me. I didn’t have a mission in mind, and that’s really not much like me. I tend to be one who plans and sets goals. But this 365 Project has been a kind of unfolding, where little by little I come to realizations about myself, about photography, and about what it means to be a person of integrity. I am grateful that I discovered this practice.
Generously sharing what you notice about the world. I think this is the most beautiful definition of photography.