Writing Again

Way back in 2010, I completed one of those "365 Photo Challenges." Basically, I took and posted a single self portrait every day for 365 days straight to my old tumblr page. I was pleased with myself for completing the "challenge" as I was relatively new to sharing photos on a daily basis. Nowadays of course, with the popularity of Instagram, the daily photo isn't really anything all that unordinary.

Well, now I've got a new challenge I'm starting, and that is to write on a daily basis. Just a little bit here and there, hopefully for an hour a day. Just write, write, write. Lord knows I've spent an hour a day wasting time on something, so I figure I should spend that time on something a little more useful now. Or at least I hope useful.

Who knows. I don't particularly know where this will go, nor do I know what I will write about...I'll probably go and Google some writing prompts. Goodness, I bet there's an app for that too. But yes, nevertheless, for the next month, at minimum, I'm going to write and post something everyday right here. 

So yes, today, this is the declaration. "I, Andrew, will write, doggone-it". Maybe it'll be about my day. Maybe it'll be about my ideas for tomorrow. Maybe it'll be a poem. Maybe it'll be a song. This is something I know I can do and it's something I've told myself I would do, but for some reason I just didn't follow through. I'm not happy about that. I can't say I'm a writer but not write. That makes no sense at all.

I'd like to think that I'll write some quality thoughts with all this new writing ahead. I guess time will tell on that. 

Here's one thing I'd like to write about though. Social media. 

I recently "deactivated" my Facebook account. That's sort of been a trend to do lately, I guess. I don't really know. I'm only writing what I've seen someone else write about it. It happened after the whole Zuckerberg Congressional Testimony last month. I suppose like everyone else out there, we've all had the thought to close our account at some point or another, for many reasons. I think I just got tired of it. I was never all that active on there. I commented a happy thought to friends every now and then, but I don't ever recall becoming part of a discussion. Don't get me wrong though, I love my friends. But it's just a bit of a distraction. There are only so many rabbit holes I can go into every day, and Facebook just opens way too many of them. So yes, Facebook, you are gone. Instagram is probably next. Maybe. I don't know. I still like it for the most part. I think. Instagram pisses me off too, but that's probably more of a jealousy thing. But also, is it just me or is Instagram just piling on the advertisements these days? I feel like I'm seeing a sponsored ad all the time now. Also, since when did my friends start caring about watches? Why has that become the sponsored product that people seem to partner with? Seriously, why watches? I don't want to be a Negative Nancy here, but I'm not using Instagram to be sold a watch by my friends.

Anyway, I think I like Twitter best. Twitter, as confusing as it is to follow an exchange on there, just seems to work in terms of getting a point across. Perhaps it's because it's mostly the written word on there. Or links to other written words. I'll go with that.

Words Words Words

Alright. It's time to get to work and actually write again. 

I don't particularly know why I stopped... I suppose it's the same reasons as always. Other things come up and I don't make the time to do it.

Anyway, I think it's time to write daily now.

Why the heck not?

My Camera Journal - Part 4

Sometime around 2009 I started getting more interested in making videos with a DSLR, so naturally the camera to purchase at that time was either the Canon 5D Mark II or the Canon 7D. I specifically remember telling myself, "I want to be part of the digital revolution. I don't want to be left behind."

Silly me, sometimes.

On my way home from work one late 2009 afternoon, I drove down Highland Avenue and took a detour into the parking lot of Calumet Photo. Upon exiting my vehicle and entering the store, I headed straight to the counter and asked for the "Canon 7D, please."

I don't remember much else about purchase, as it went smoothly, but the 7D hung around with me for quite some time.

My buddy Jonny Mac and I used this camera for our video projects, and I used it to start off the an ambitious 365 self portrait series that I did back in 2010.

I used this camera and loved this camera...then I sold this camera.