Do you use photos on your blog? Have you ever sat down to reflect on when and why this part of your creativity became a part of what you do?
I began seriously taking photographs as a teen, in the 70’s and many of those photos were of family pets. Little did I know that I would still be doing so decades later as part of a blossoming writing career.
In the 80’s and early 90’s my photos tended toward cataloguing trips to visit relatives in Arizona and Colorado. My love of history, reading and even my interest in writing, pretty much dormant in the 90’s, led me to visit Tombstone, tour the town and its historic graveyard, and pose outside the 100+ year old town newspaper. Little did I know that I would become an online journalist writing major exposes on my blogs.
In 1998 I got my first computer and began contributing to an online community. I continued taking photos of places I went on my bike (since the mid-90’s) and my first plane rides, to weekend encounters with groups of online friends, in Phoenix and Chicago, in 2000 and 2001. A trip with my sister to Las Vegas allowed me to pay tribute to the early creative writing influence of my teens, Star Trek.
I took photos of my original online creative muse, Nikita, and the first kitten he tried to mentor, Maximus. Little did I know that, the next year, I would take up blogging.
When I moved to Orange County I met the gregarious, bearded, hardcore socialist who drew out my talent for poetry.
It was only natural that I began to, almost from the start of my first personal blog and my bike blog, a decade ago, share photos, and take a notebook with me to record my thoughts on adventures to such places as the Getty Museum and the Reagan Library.
The process of taking photos to go with blog posts: Which comes first, the writing or the photos?