I really enjoyed reading your response on my post about sharing my everyday life. As mentioned a few times, I have a few more thoughts to share – mostly replies to your comments. Here goes!
Kodak Ektar 100, Canon EOS 500N
Rita talks about how other people’s lives inspire her to improve her own life (and I am humbled to hear that I have inspired her – and maybe others?). I can absolutely relate to this. I don’t think I have done any actual changes in my life because of something I have read/seen on blogs, but I most certainly keep other people’s images, ideas and words in the back of my mind as small reminders to myself. A reminder for example to try a new recipe, to notice the beauty in a pile of old newspapers or dishes, to appreciate having a garden and a home filled with beautiful light.
Like Jenna mentions, I am most of all reminded to focus on the positives. Doing a daily photo project, like my everyday stories, especially forces me to focus on the positives. Like Alyce says: “Not every week comes wrapped in a bow with lots of photo opportunities.”
Fuji pro 160C, Canon EOS 500N
Lisa mentions that she asks permission from her family and friends before she posts photos of them. I do that too, because I know that not all of them are happy about having their photo posted for the whole world to see. This is also part of the reason why I have developed this style of “Flickr friendly” people photos; photos that have a human touch, but you cannot see or recognize who the person is – like all the photos in this post. I love photographing people but I respect that everyone doesn't love have their photo taken. Most people will agree to these kind of photos though.
Canon EOS 40D
Lisa also mentions posting photos of children, which is something a few of you have asked; what are my thoughts on sharing photos of children now that I have a baby girl coming soon. I have thought quite a bit about this, and I always find debates about this theme very interesting.
When I post photos of myself, Sølve or my family/friends we have agreed to it; we know what it implies to have our photo posted online and we are ok with it. When (or if) I post photos of our baby girl, she will not be able to agree to it. At some point she will be old enough to have an opinion on this (hopefully based on her parents’ thoughtful guiding) and she will have an online life of her own. I don’t want to put her in an awkward/embarrassing position because of everything I posted about her when she was a baby/toddler/kid. I will probably post a few photos of her, but I’m guessing they will mostly be “Flickr friendly”.
That said, I respect that other parents have a “less restricted” attitude to posting photos of their children. We all have different levels of how edited our lives are online.
Kodak Ektar 100, Olympus mju
Snosen comments: ”Your posting rate is impressing, how do you keep up?” Blogging and posting photos to Flickr has become part of my everyday routine. Normally I do it whilst eating breakfast and when I slow down in the evening. I like keeping a regular posting rate as I think (or hope) it will keep you guys coming back because you know there will often be something new here. Then the question is; would I keep blogging if I didn’t have an audience? It is no doubt more fun to share when you have someone to share with. So as long as I feel that all this sharing gives me something in return, I will keep doing it.
Anyway, my secret to keeping up with this daily posting rate is simply to keep each post rather simple and to prepare posts ahead on days when I have time to do so.
Kodak Portra 160vc, Canon EOS 500N
I’m still curious to hear your thoughts on sharing your everyday lives, so keep them coming!