Well that’s what I think I do!

I enjoy blogging, I find blogging to be a great way to put thoughts down, show photos, pass on tips and tricks like detailing how I took that shot etc.

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Town Cryer, Australia Day 2017

Well that’s what I think I do!

But the reality is the exact opposite. I’ve read more blogs than I’ve written and spend more time surfing the net (Hello Youtube). Last year I posted an extraordinary number of posts. An incredible 12, that’s right. 12! Sounds like one a month but I didn’t even manage to maintain that. A simple one post a month. How hard can it be, honestly once a month?

Why? why do I continue to blog? or attempt to anyway.

I think the answer is that I like to write my thoughts down, read other peoples blogs, show some photos and connect with other bloggers and photographers.

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Luna Park Ferris Wheel, Sydney

But sometimes the only way for improvement is to set some goals, and before you ask no they’re not new years resolutions because we already 10 days in.

It occurred to me (after surfing the net for awhile) that these goals need to be kept simple and somewhat achievable.

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Money Please! An old lady begging in Davao City, Phillipines. 

If I follow my own advice and do what I have set out to do these 4 goals should be achievable over the next 12 months,

  • Set time aside to sit down and write posts

Manage my time better, especially since that blogging can be achieved from mobile platforms so there is no real excuse not to.

  • Improve my writing skills

This is something that I have been striving to be better at throughout my life. Writing concisely to get your message across is important, especially blogging however there is always room for improvement.

  • Continue to improve my photography skills. 

I’m already doing this by shooting as much as possible. Constantly looking for something  or a scene that is unique. I agree with the principle of taking your camera everywhere you go but that is not always possible however with smart phone comes advances in technology for cameras built in to smart phones. Combine that with blogging from mobile platforms should see an increase in posts for 2018.

  • Define my social media 

Social media is not something that I’m terribly good at. I have Instagram (IG), Google Plus, Twitter and 500Px. Some of these social media platforms I post to quite a lot but some I haven’t touched in over 12 months and should be cancelled or deleted. Instagram(IG) is by far the easiest to post a photo to but to make the most of it I need to find one theme and stick to it (street or 4wd touring). This may result in splitting the themes into two seperate IG accounts.  The other social media platforms, well I’m just not sure on what I’m going to do with them yet.

All of these are achievable I just have to follow my own advice. Does anyone have any NYE Resolutions goals of their own for 2018, I would love to read them.

Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017

Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017. Hope everyone had a great NYE. The first blog post of 2016 2017 is going to be about resolutions and like most people I’ve got some. Originally I wasn’t going to share these with anyone but rather work on them myself as they are more goals and areas of focus rather than resolutions but then I read Chris’s post (Page Pics) about his resolutions. Some of them not only struck a cord with me but also made me really think about what my photography goals are and where I was headed as a photographer in 2017.

Deciding to put my thoughts down on paper to see what was not only realistic but also achievable resolutions goals and focus areas. This is where I need to be honest with myself because I’ not expecting to nail all of these because we have these little events that I like to call “Life got in the way” moments. For the majority of, these are unavoidable events or hurdles that will try to slow you down trying but this year I’m determined to achieve more than I would normally achieve. Anyway these are the goals and focus areas that I will be working on in 2017. 

Improve my photography skills

As one good friend of mine said to me. Look at the corners of your frame before you press the shutter button which is something that I need to not only consider but also to improve. There are distractions in the corner of some of my images.

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No Distractions Here 

Chris is right that we, us street photographers, (I make that sound like a bad thing, being a street photographer) need to photograph other genres such as landscape to improve our photography skills and not forget that the world is a place filled full of colour.

I’ve also been a member of The Arcanum for about 18 months now and my photography has improved significantly however I need to complete Sphere 2 and if possible Sphere 3 in the next 12 months to improve beyond my limits.

Film (Analogue) Photography 

I have recently been given a Nikon F75 Film Camera. Its a lot of fun to learn how to use it but I want to take this further in 2017, maybe even develop my own negatives and learn how to develop photos as well. That’s pretty ambitious since I haven’t even got a role of film back from the lab yet!

Work on this blog thing.

I like to blog, I’ve been doing this on and off now for a number of years. I find that its a way to write what I’m thinking/feeling/going/trying about photography and to get it out there. I’ve also developed a mind set of “Blog like no one is reading it and the fear about blogging will vanish”, seems to be working because I’m pretty sure no one is reading it! I’ve also spent some cash to improve my blogging skills and hopefully that will pay off.

Work out what the name of my photography blog and business should be? 

Thief Images is a good name, its catchy however it doesn’t really make people think “Photography” at all. Some research needs to be done and a decision needs to be made on what this creative beast of mine should be called.

Define my social media presence and develop a social media strategy.

There are so many social media platforms today and I seem to have a quite a few of them but there is one I don’t have…….Facebook. There is a genuine fear that I’m missing out by not having Facebook but do I really need all of these social media platforms.

  1. Google Plus
  2. Instagram
  3. 500px
  4. Pinterest
  5. Linkedin
  6. Twitter
  7. Viewbug
  8. Blog

I’m pretty sure that’s not all of them either but being active on all of these takes time and effort which I think it needs to be maximised. This approach will at the very least maximise the interaction with my intended audience. With that in mind, some of these accounts will be deleted, just need to work out which ones.

Read/Watch/Listen/Try/Learn – Rinse and repeat

There are so many learning resources available that are accessible thanks to the Internet such as Creative Live, podcasts and other blogs that are well worth reading. This year I want to read, watch, listen, try, and learn from these resources.

These are my 6 goals and focus areas for 2017 and if I continue to call them exactly that I should achieve quite a lot of them in some way or another.

Do you have any goals or focus ares for 2017?

Time to Improve (this blog anyway)

Sometime in December 2015 (that was so long a go I know) I saw this post by Wordpress letting everyone know that they were now taking registration details for a Blogging course. The course is called Blogging 101 which is a course to supercharge your blog. Something I need right now.

Now I’ve signed up for this before. I think it might have been two years ago but I sat on the sidelines and watched and while I was watching I was kicking myself that I didn’t participate in the course. Even this year the timing of the start of Blogging 101 course didn’t suit me at all. I was still going to be away with family so right from the start I was playing catch up and I was still kicking myself from not doing this earlier.

While I was away I had a moment of clarity, you know those moments where everything seems so clear, you ask yourself why you hadn’t done that in the first place. After having a good old one way conversation with myself I come up with these three questions that I think I should answer which strangely enough is pretty much the first assignment of the Blogging 101 course.

  • Why, Why do I (or anyone else) blog for that matter?

I’m not so sure that is an easy question to answer and I’ve have asked myself that question on numerous occasions before only to end up in a a familiar place of “I Don’t really know”. The reality of why I blog is that I feel as though I have some thing to say either through the use of words or by by showing the photographs that I have taken.

  • What topics should I include? 

Everyone has an addiction: sugar, smoking, driving fast cars or driving cars fast but one of my two addictions that keeps me awake at night is photography (and 4wding/family adventures though the bush) so the intent is to write and blog about the following:

  1. My journey through The Arcanum and how my photography is changing/improving by undertaking these challenges. Currently Level 17, Sphere 1.
  2. Projects that I have completed or currently undertaking so other people who are planning on something similar may learn from my mistakes (and I make plenty) and everyone else gets to see the results of what I achieved or didn’t achieve.
  3. Thief Images photo shoots. This is something that is not that easy to do at the moment as the site is down and being overhauled (one of those moments of clarity).
  4. And I will be sharing photos that I have taken along the road of life.

These are fairly specific topics and there will be plenty of other ideas along the way.

  • What would I like to achieve through my blog

Always a tough question and its not easy to answer for sure but developing some reasonable goals for blogging that can be achieved every week/month should be completed and these are my four.

  1. Post around two to three times every week. Its not to much that you are spamming peoples inboxes and they loose interest but enough to for me to say what I’m trying to say.
  2. Be able to look back on the year and see that the Thief Images Photography Blog has improved.
  3. Connect with other like mined bloggers/photographers.
  4. Ensure that the Thief Images Photography blog has its own web address.

Well that’s assignment one completed and surprisingly managed to develop some goals, achievable goals along the way.

Happy New Year and let it be a great 2016.