I'm making some changes with the blog, and I could really use your help with something important.
How My Blog Changed My Life
About a year ago, I had some grand ideas and plans for this web site. Then without expecting it, something wonderful happened. I decided it was time to get married.
This blog changed my life. That's because a woman from Scotland found me and became my number one fan, and now we're married. I couldn't be happier.
Of course, our journey from engagement to marriage involved a government agency or two. That led to nearly a year of delays and phone calls every night. My plans for the blog went on hold.
Now Lee is here and we're working on things together.
I don't have to make a choice between my wife and my plans to improve this site, so we've been working on a bunch of things behind the scenes.
Now we need your help.
Some Of The Changes Are Obvious
I'll be honest, blogging is more work than most people expect. Some of the things I have in mind are going to make it a lot tougher.
However, I also enjoy what I'm doing here. So it's tough, but it's fun.
Over the past few weeks, we've spent time choosing new photos for the home page masthead, creating a new About page and freshening up some old posts. We're also placing more emphasis on asking readers to subscribe to the e-mail list.
Those of you following me on social media noticed that I've been promoting some older posts. The results have been very positive for people who haven't read those posts before. It's really nice to see some folks encouraged to try new things.
On the other hand, it's not without some difficulty. One of my friends politely pointed out that he's been reading my site for five years and sharing those old posts were essentially re-runs. Combined with the fact that I don't keep dates on my posts, it could cause some confusion.
I disabled dates because I found they can be irrelevant for the kind of posts that I want to create and share. Some concepts are evergreen. If you get them right, they're just as valid today as they were five years ago. So why turn off some potential viewers because of an irrelevant date?
That's one of the reasons why I'm encouraging folks to subscribe. I may send out older posts on social media, but only my new posts and other material will go out to email subscribers.
Not only do you get notices of the blog posts, but I'm sharing my coupon codes for Topaz Labs and ON1 Software with our subscribers. There's more content planned to share with the folks on the e-mail list, too.
If you're not on the list, please subscribe. We'd love to have you so we can share new posts and other things that aren't on the blog. Just click the button below to get started.
We have no shortage of ideas for the web site. However, there are a couple of main ideas to develop.
- We need to be useful and serve others
- The posts should be as evergreen as possible
I have this saying that I toss around.
I'm here to help.
Many years ago, it started off as a facetious comment. Then a funny thing happened. I started looking for ways to help people just so I could say the line. It's been growing on me and it makes me smile when I can help someone, whether it's with a little thing or something big.
We both get to leave with a smile.
Quite simply, the plan for this site that bears my name is to help people.
Great. Now how do I do that?
Over the years, I've developed experience and proficiency and I'd like to share my tips, tricks and insights. Here are a few places where I think I can help.
- Lightroom and Digital Asset Management
- Portrait and Travel Photography
- Lighting with small flash and studio strobes
- Marketing and organizing yourself to generate some income from your photography
- Setting up and improving your online presence
It occurred to me that there's more to this plan than just my web site. I need to expand my reach to include three aspects of communication.
- Video presentations
People learn with different styles. Some read, some watch and some listen. I'm working on branching out to cover more ground.
I Could Really Use Your Help
Here's the thing. I could really use your help to drive the direction I've been discussing.
There are things I'll change that could go in the wrong direction. Who knows? I may get a few things right on my own. However, I think the best thing I can do right now is ask for your help.
Please take a moment and tell me what you would really like to see from this site. Ask me questions. Tell me what's on your mind
It all goes into the mix.
I'd love to hear what's on your mind and I'll be with you in the comments. I read every one and really appreciate it when someone takes the time to share.
The comments are open.