This year has been the first year of serious blogging for me. I started with writing music reviews for Sir Bonkers’ blog. At one point I stopped writing reviews and looked for something else. Fast forward to the Amsterdam Writers Guild and regularly reading blogs. In February 2014 I decided to gamble on a new challenge.
The new challenge was this blog, a personal project which started with a few essays and a vision of “I do not know what to expect.” I did not know my audience, which medium would work best nor how many readers I could reach. Today the 31st of 2014 I know a bit more about all those three aspects. All I can do is keep writing and maintenance consistent while I continue to create original content.
Based on recent developments and this years experience there are some things I will focus on for the blog. One important development is that I was finally able to invest in a DSLR-system. I have learnt to photograph with film and I personally prefer the eyesight and a viewfinder to live view screens. 2015 will be a year dedicated to more photography and improving my skills in the art and technique.
The changes to the blog will mostly be subtle and my aim is to post 2 times a week.
- Enabling of the comments: I disabled comments for a while as the spam simply became too annoying. For 2015 a strict filter and topical specified in-out-approach will be used. Sometimes readers of my work actually gave me feedback that made me think and write about something different.
- More photography: this year have learnt that photography adds more than words. That aspect of photography is exactly why as a teenager I once bought a Nikon F65 with 28-80mm and went shooting. My style and subjects are more landscape and street oriented. I personally love street photography and hopefully improve my skills in 2015.
- More about books and music: as someone who enjoys a good book and album I will dedicate more time to books and music. When the weather is no longer an interesting topic, a story or some music usually is enough to carry a conversation or thought. That is exactly why I have collected books and albums for years.
- Continued essays and short reads: one thing I did not expect to learn is two-fold. First other people still appreciate an essay in 2014 and second the more I practice writing them, the more enjoyable they become. Thus for 2015 the plan is to write more. When I feel like keeping it short, a 400 word maximum short read will do too.
What remains is to update a few things and call it an end for 2014. I still have much to learn. Thank you readers. Thank you followers and hopefully you will still be there in 2015.
Happy new year in advance! See you in 2015!