Hello there!

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How are you? What have you been up to? I know I know. I’ve been a little quiet here on the blog lately. The thing is, much like everyone else I suspect, I’ve had a lot on my plate. The pace does seem to pick up in the summertime with gardening and friends to see and places to go.

In addition to the usual summertime activities extra blessings have come my way recently. I was recently interviewed by Kim Klassen which allowed the opportunity to connect with new people. Quite by accident I found out that Mark Nepo, an author I adore, was in town to host a weekend workshop and I was lucky enough to get in. Wow, what an experience. Mark is so wise, so kind, so humble. He is the real deal. My heart and mind are still spinning with all that we discussed that weekend. I had also been placed on a wait list to attend an all day food styling / photography workshop on August 1st with Aran Goyoaga from Cannelle et Vanille fame and just found out a few days ago that someone had dropped out so I am in! Can’t wait.

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But these are not the only reasons I haven’t blogged in a little while. You see, it seems about every 5 months or so I ask myself “why do I have a blog?” I mean, I don’t have a business and I’m not selling anything so what’s the point? I don’t have a lot of followers, though that really doesn’t bother me. Truth be told I don’t follow a whole lot of blogs myself. It seems so many of the artists I want to follow are on Instagram these days, which is convenient because that means we are all in one place and I don’t have to hop from blog to blog to see what my people are up to.

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So, with Instagram changing the way we share with our fellow artists, friends, and family, I’m asking – why blog? Do you have a non-business related blog? How long have you had it? Do you post regularly? Are you thinking of shutting it down, or would you feel lost without it? I’d love to hear.

As I look at my own blog I think maybe I’ll try a new kind of post on a weekly basis and see how that feels, and I hope, if you are comfortable, you will give me some feedback. I will still do my monthly cookbook review but starting next week I’m going to try out something new. Stay tuned!

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Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to visit and read through my ramblings!

I hope your day fills you with joy.

xo

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39 Responses to Hello there!

  1. diane says:

    Hi Carol … 1) These photos are so lovely … and 2) I do have a blog. I haven’t posted on it in a while. Mostly because I’ve been in an emotional funk for the past year and have been absorbed in that. With that said … I miss blogging. Like you I don’t sell anything or offer worthy advice on anything but I like sharing my photos and my thoughts that go along with them. I have a very small following but unlike you it kind of bothers me. I don’t know why. I follow quite a few other bloggers and still visit their blogs but haven’t been commenting (shame on me for that). I’m on Instagram but it’s not the same as blogging. Lately I’ve been feeling the urge to blog again. We’ll see.

    • Carol says:

      Hi Diane! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I am sorry you have been in a funk. It is so hard to be a spirit living in a human body here on Earth. Best think to do is to acknowledge our feelings, lean into them, and move through them. Sounds like that is exactly what you are doing. I too have been remiss in posting comments to the few blogs I do follow and you have inspired me to improve on that. Be well my friend. xo

  2. Annie Veas says:

    I love your posts! They’re beautiful & inspiring! Keep going – you sure makes the world a better place 🙂

  3. Annie Veas says:

    Btw this post is one of the most beautiful 🙂

  4. Elizabeth says:

    I feel exactly the same way! I spend all my time on instragram these days and have contemplated shutting down my blog. However, I keep it open as a place to chronicle my non-photography creative projects. I think adjusting my expectation… a chronicle more than a virtual place to spend much time and/or a hub of activity .. was helpful. (I used to have a much more active parenting blog, in the days before instgram.) Funny, in a way, its back to what blogs originally were for – a diary.

    • Carol says:

      Thanks so much Elizabeth for sharing your thoughts. I too had been spending a lot of time on IG so recently I’ve decided to limit my time there, much like I used to set TV time limits for our son! I had forgotten that blogs really got there start as a virtual diary. Food for thought. Cheers! xo

  5. Marleen says:

    I’m with you on the blogging. Unlike you, I do kind of mind that I have practically no followers or readers. I always said “one day I’ll write a book”. The blog was the closest I got. But writing for no one is kind of… well… sad, in a way. Then I rather write in my notebook. But there’s a second reason too. I’m always struggling with languages. My main blog is in english – not my mother tongue, what makes it more difficult to write “fast”. But most people I know from IG or photosites are English talking. Got a second blog in Dutch, that writes easier but no one reads it either. A dilemma to keep them going or not… IG is easy and fun, but it’s not a blog and not the place to write lots of words (altough some do). A dilemma is my best description for my blogging adventures….

    • Carol says:

      Thanks Marleen for sharing your experience with blogging. I’m impressed you have 2 blogs. Would like to know how you manage that. Yes, IG is easy and fun, but you are right, not the best place for wordy conversation. Cheers my friend. xo

  6. I don’t have a blog but I think yours is worth keeping. As great as Instagram is some photos look so much better in their original format as opposed to the square or white border format and you have stories to tell! My vote is keep it going!

    • Carol says:

      Thanks Nancy. Your kind words made me smile. You are right that the images look better on the blog than on IG and of course the opportunity to share a story is really a big reason to have a blog, right? Thanks again. xo

  7. Nancy says:

    I totally understand where you are coming from with the blogging issue. I have had so much on my plate since April that I have hardly blogged at all and seriously considered closing it down but then I miss the people and inspiration that comes from visiting friends. I have so many things I am interested in (but few that I am good) that I often wonder if my blog even has a central purpose. Often, I feel like I am all over the place with my posts so it’s hard to have “like minded” followers.. I have always enjoyed your posts here as well as on FB. You are articulate, a good photographer, and overall very interesting person with a knowledge of what makes for a good post wherever that is….So I hope you continue but in the end it’s your decision and what works for you at this particular time in your life…..

    • Carol says:

      Bless your heart Nancy for taking the time to share your thoughts. Like you my posts are kind of all over the place. The only consistent thing I’ve done so far are the cookbook review posts, but I don’t want my blog to be just about that. You have given me much to think about. Thanks so much. xo

  8. cathy says:

    This is the question I ask myself almost daily. I actually enabled mine for some time but found I missed it. I do it for me. It is my journal, also the place I post my 365 project. I come here often Carol, I don’t usually leave a comment, but I come and read and admire your amazing photos. I would miss you in this space, but I get what you are saying.xoox

    • Carol says:

      Thank you so much Cathy for sharing your thoughts. I love your blog so much, but like you, I don’t always comment. That’s something I think I need to work on. I do appreciate your stopping by today and will be thinking on your comments. Cheers my friend. xo

  9. Carolyn says:

    I love your blog and do hope you continue with it. I read it in detail and go back and re-read. As a fellow foodie I love your cookbook and food reviews. I know everyone is on the IG bandwagon these days, but it doesn’t give the sense of personal connectedness that a blog does. I feel I know you better because of your writings . .. a little peek into your world and your soul. Your photgraphy of any genre is amazing. I do a blog too, but it is mostly for me to have things sorted in one place. Hope to meet you in person one day . …

    • Carol says:

      Oh Carolyn, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this. Your point about the personal connectedness associated with a blog is so true. I had lost sight of that. Am hoping the new concept I want to try will tap into that. Thanks so much again and you know, I feel in my heart we will meet in person on day. Take care. xo

  10. seabluelee says:

    First, you may have more followers than you think. I’ve never subscribed by email, but I have your RSS feed in my reader, which I check daily. I don’t have a business but I do have a blog. I started it five years ago as a photojournal for an online photography class I was taking. It was the first time I’d ever publicly shared either my photos or my writing, and I discovered I very much like the combination of words and pictures. I’m rather sad to see everyone moving over to Instagram. I wonder if the depth of connection that I’ve found through blogging is possible there. To me the blogging experience feels deeper, both in my ability to share my thoughts and tell stories in photos, and in the response I get from my readers. That said, I don’t blog as often as I’d like and I, too, ponder the purpose of my blog these days.

    • Carol says:

      I so appreciate you sharing your thoughts here. Like you, I love the words and pictures connection. As far as how deep a connection can be on IG vs a blog, I think that has to do with the participants themselves…you know what they are willing to give, to share. Perhaps this whole pondering the blog thing is just part of the landscape. Thanks so much. xo

  11. there must be something in the air! you are not the first person I’ve heard lately talking about the changing world of blogging…I myself have been in a little bit of a funk about blogging lately…I’ve always treated my blog as my own art journal but certainly one of the aspects of my blog is to support/promote my business. I concur that IG is so much easier, quicker, convenient and inspiring…but I have heard from people who follow me with my blog that they don’t do IG…so I’m trying to get motivated to get back into blogging mode! I so enjoy your blog Carol – and your posts give more detail than an IG post ever could…I look forward to your new approach!

    • Carol says:

      Thanks so much Amy for sharing your thoughts here. You have a wonderful blog and I do visit often, but have been remiss about leaving comments. I need to improve on that. I do get excited seeing your IG posts and actually it often inspires me to head to your blog as it is always nice to see the work in a larger format. Wow, here I was thinking I needed to just pull the plug on my blog. Now I’m not so sure. Thank you! xo

  12. A beautiful colour scheme Carol. I struggle with blogging and consatantly ask myself why am I doing this. And I have come to the conclusion that it’s for me. It’s a way for me to document my life using whatever words and pictures I want to add. I am over the whole how many likes can I get and now have settled down into a calm understanding of the way forward.I like the idea of showcaing my favourite IG images of the week and that is an idea I am thinking about. Lucky you seeing Mark Nepo i have one of his books and find him very uplifting. Looking forward to seeing more of your lovely images and wise words soon….

    • Carol says:

      Many thanks Viv for taking the time to share your thoughts. With all the comments here today I’m coming to the conclusion that struggling / questioning the blogging is perhaps part of the territory. Your blog is lovely and I enjoy seeing what you have been up to. I too like the favorite IG images for the week idea. And Mark Nepo, oh my. He and everyone in that weekend workshop touched my heart deeply. If ever there is an opportunity for you to see him, I would highly recommend it. Take care! xo

  13. Dotti says:

    I think all of us who blog go through these cycles, Carol. As you know, I’ve been MIA at Camper for a couple of months now. Some of it, I think, was burn out, some just the fact of everyday life. And being out of the country for three weeks certainly added to that feeling of ‘why bother?’ But now that I’m back from our trip and feel I have something new to share, my enthusiasm is making a return. All I need is to get through the myriad of photos that are now sitting in LR. I think when you find something you must, or just want to, share, you’ll jump in. In the meantime, I think your once a week gig sounds like a good place to be right now. Truth to tell, I’ve slimmed down the list of blogs I follow. Once or twice a week is good to keep in touch. Daily? Way too much. We’re all busy, for better or for worse.

    • Carol says:

      Yes we are all busy Dotti and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I thought your absence from Camper made sense with you planning such a major trip with the family. I so enjoying seeing your images on IG and FB. Will be looking forward to your Camper posts again. You have given me much to think about. Cheers! xo

  14. Kate says:

    I “read” many blogs a day thanks to Feedly but really only stop to really read a few. This is one of them!
    I post intermittently on my blog. Every summer I vow to post more regularly but never do.
    Thanks for sharing your images, thoughts and daily life with us. I for one look forward to your posts and often find inspiration from them.

  15. Becca says:

    Hi Carol! I just saw your post on IG on my iPhone, linked to your blog and read your post. I started to comment from my iPhone, and I thought, “wait, what are you doing on your phone, you’re at home!” So, here I am now, relaxing at my iMac with my cuppa joe, reading your post, and enjoying all the beauty here. Seriously, for me it’s probably shear laziness why I haven’t taken as much time lately as I would really like with my own blog, and I hate that. I’m worried I’m going to become a victim of the “quick connect world” when what I really want and enjoy more, is to sit down, relax and read blog after blog like I used to when I got started blogging in 2009. I love IG and it has given me the “quick connect fix” to all of my favorite galleries, friends and such, however, it doesn’t give me the same “vibe” for lack of a better word as blogging does. To me, it’s almost like typing “Happy Birthday!” to someone on FB, rather than sitting down and handwriting a card and sticking it in the mail. (which I’m guilty of that all the time) Just like you, I’ve stopped posting as much, and have probably lost a lot of my readers but when I do post and read blogs, I realize I miss it, and want to do more. Although I try not to be too wordy on my blog because I don’t consider myself a “writer” I do still love to try and tell a story through my photography and posts which I don’t feel like I can do on IG. I enjoy your blog Carol, and I look forward to seeing what you do here in the future! As for me, I still plan to find that time to put down my phone, relax, and reconnect through blogging.

  16. Sarah says:

    I am truly undecided whether to keep blogging or not. I too have a lot on my plate this summer, and wonder if trying to blog is trying too hard to do something that I don’t really have the time or energy for, and maybe it comes off that way. I don’t have time to read many blogs, and feel bad if I blog but don’t read others that follow me. Instagram is lovely and I adore the community, but I find myself lately wanting deeper relationships than those surface level likes and comments (not that I will stop posting on IG for sure) but I guess I want more face to face connections with fellow creatives which seem hard to find in my area, mainly because I don’t fit into the normal camera club kind of group. For now I take blogging day by day, and week by week, if something comes out great and if not that is okay as well.

  17. Sarah says:

    It was really interesting to go back and read the comments of everybody here, and your responses. It does give me some hope, especially when I read that other people feel the same way, but would miss reading blogs and the stories that go with the photos.

  18. cheryl says:

    Hi Carol…I love your blog and I read every time you post…sometimes running in and out quickly because of time committments…

    I do still blog and I love my blog…oh not physically…sometimes I wish I knew more about techie stuff so I could switch it up like a lot of you do…but I do know the purpose of my blog…and I think that’s what keeps me going…

    My blog is personal but open for anyone to read…my wish is that someday my children and grandchildren will know about me through my blog and also understand how much they have enriched my life, as well as the friends I write about…I print a hard copy of each post…still trying to catch up on that, and this year at Christmas the boys will get their first book…

    I love writing and my blog is where I do it…sure I wish I had more time but even with the time I have, I never regret being there…and although I don’t have “a million” followers, the ones’s I have are wonderful and true…I think when it’s personal the number of followers are not that important…

    I do it for myself, for my family, for my friends. Also for anyone who wants to stop by and just see what my slice of life looks like…truthfully, I wish I had the stories of my Mom’s life…I missed out on that. I don’t want my family to miss out on my life when I’m no longer here. So that’s my two cents, for whatever it’s worth…

  19. Ann Davis says:

    Dear Carol
    I love your blog and I love the idea of the weekly blog. I like when someone says I just posted more in my blog pop over and check. I whip over check it out. And then move on. It is more info then FB and IG. And yours is great great pictures and a purpose!
    I am so excited that you are going to the workshop with the famous blogger I have followed her for years.
    Ann Davis

  20. Karen Olson says:

    Hi Carol, I do love your blog and look forward to it, love seeing it in my email and open it right away. I enjoy seeing a series and the variety of photos. It is inspirational to see the progression of shots all on one page.

    I do have a blog I have been writing for almost 2 years. I use it for business although it really doesn’t seem to do much. But I enjoy writing, it’s the thing I do for myself, and I feel at the moment that it’s ok to just have a few followers. As one fellow creative recently stated ‘it keeps my creative mind out of trouble’. (Georgie)

  21. Carol such lovely tones in your images, they give me peace when looking at them. You know my feelings on this so I won’t go into to them again. Except to say if it doesn’t give you peace to blog or interest you any longer then don’t do it. Life is short, do what gives you pleasure.

    I blog because it is home to me, a peaceful place I can go and record what I have been doing or what I have seen. That is photography for me, not for anyone else but me, and as Cheryl has said maybe one day, my great grand’s will see what I did and experienced. It is my peaceful refuge, much like I think your readings of Mark Nepo are to you. Whatever you decide to do with your blog, we are still connected my friend.

  22. Jana Vargas says:

    I do have a blog and rarely post, but there are no rules – I love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful photography when ever you find the time – as the wondrous Maya Angelou said, “the bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song! “- Keep on singing when ever spirit moves you – JBV

  23. I guess I’ll put my two cents in. Carol, I love your blog. Your photos are exquisite and I drool over your recipes. I enjoy your cookbook reviews too. I agree with so many of the others here. IG and Facebook are fine, and one almost has to be on them. Seems that’s where everyone is now. But….they are somewhat impersonal. I have been following Becca of Patina Moon for a long time. In fact it was through her that I found Kim Klassen and her textures. That got me started in photography. I started my blog in 2006 when I joined Danny Gregory’s Everyday Matters. I hardly knew what a blog was but it seemed all the members in his group had them and they were also on Flickr. So I set up my Flickr account. I love the quality of the photos on Flickr. I never gave it much thought except that my blog was and is a diary of sorts to chronicle my art and photography.
    I can sum it up by saying that I’ve met some great friends through the blogging world. I mean I feel as if I know them. I’ve been privileged to meet some of them in person along the way. I can’t say that for Facebook or Instagram. I’ve had the very same feelings about blogging lately. Is it worth the effort? I think it seems an effort because I now spend time on FB and IG and even Pinterest! I think I liked it better before Facebook and IG. The world doesn’t stand still though, and we move with the times. As Kim says “”.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful post! IG is convenient, but I still love blogs!

  25. Beverly says:

    Carol, you’ve ignited a great topic of conversation, and each person has shared their thoughts about the positives, or not, for blogging. I’ve enjoyed reading each one. Blogging is a way to share an interest we have using our photography, and our thoughts and ideas. Your food stories and photography are always of interest to me…I simply adore your photographs, and how you stage your appetizing foods and dishes, and the cookbooks you use to get so many interesting, tasty and good dishes. Since I’m not one that does more than basic cooking, and a little baking now and then, I love seeing how others bring together their love of food and photography…yours is certainly top notch!! I would miss your posts a lot if you decided to leave the blogging community. And your videos are simply stunning and so enjoyable! Hope to continue seeing you, your foods, and videos! xx

  26. DK says:

    I follow your blog, Carol. For me it’s not just photos but it’s stories with photos. I hope you’ll continue to post here. Your work is so lovely. Instagram just isn’t the same.

  27. Barb says:

    Carol, I know I’m late to the party but thought I’d add my two cents. I love to blog … I don’t know why … I guess it gives me a reason to take photos as then I have somewhere to share them. IG is wonderful, but I prefer to keep the long stories to my blog. When I see a long post on IG I move on. “They” say blogs are dying … but I don’t buy it, and I love reading your blog.

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