Pass It On
The thing I have come to recognize and greatly appreciate about blogging is it’s all about sharing – sharing information, sharing encouragement, sharing stories, sharing love…
I recently read an article from the series Women in Business in which Davina Fear interviewed wedding photographer extraordinaire Jasmine Star. In the article Davina posed the question to Jasmine of what was she most proud of as a business woman. Jasmine responded that she was most proud of sharing, that she is not afraid to share freely with other photographers — be it her ideas, belief or knowledge. She went on to explain how when she first started exploring photography she searched desperately for knowledge from those photographers that she revered and found it extremely hard to come by. She was determined that if she ever was blessed with an audience of readers that she would freely and readily give them the help that she had desired. Head over to Jasmine’s FAQ’s to gain more valuable knowledge from her.
To Give Is Better Than To Receive
I can relate with the difficulty that Jasmine encountered. When I was first becoming passionate about photography I came across several photographers — who I admired — that my sole desire was to learn from them. Just by being in their presence I knew that some of the mysteries of the craft would be revealed to me. Unfortunately I also met some that held the potential to crush my desire to learn and grow — who seemed afraid that I might somehow steal what knowledge they had worked so hard to acquire. Almost as if they considered me a threat. A part of me can see where they were coming from, but I still don’t agree with this mentality.
Many have the notion that parting with what they consider to be prized knowledge for free is not profitable. I completely disagree. If someone is willing to give out helpful and useful information to me for free, I am much more likely to trust their ability in teaching me something in a paid for workshop, pdf guide, online workshop, and so on. What it really boils down to is confidence and attitude. Someone with an attitude of helpfulness and sharing is my kind of person!
Thankfully, the internet has divulged many “secrets” to the world at large. There is so much we can learn through the networking and sharing that is occurring online right now. We can support each other and encourage one another instead of letting our personal fears hold us back and potentially stifle others.
Refining My Focus
Sharing… that’s what I love and that’s what I want to concentrate on with my future additions (I’m still trying to teach my daughter the merits of this concept 😉 ). Since Dream A Lil’ Dream’s inception my goal has always been to share content of value with others and blog about what makes me happy, excited and passionate. I have sought to “keep it real” and to never pretend to know more than I do, or to be someone I am not.
My Constant Blogging Goals
My goals for my blog are to continue posting tutorials and host others’ as well as do my own give-aways. I would also like to encourage more audience interaction by way of comments and polls. And most importantly, I want to make sure I continue to enjoy what I do on here.
Through The Lens Goals
Photographically I have several goals for myself. I want to get the camera out more to document our every day life because it is going by way too fast. I desperately need to print some photos and get them on our walls.
I want to push myself creatively by not only realizing a couple of personal photo projects I have envisioned but also participating in challenges, contests and the photo-blogging community at large. I need to keep learning more photography skills on a weekly basis. Possibly find others that want to form a photo club? And something I really need to do is update my portfolio and get some business cards made up.
I know I write about a variety of things on here.
Could you all do me a favor and provide some feedback?… I’m curious as to why others read my blog. What content do you enjoy the most?
If you blog – what do you have to share about your own experience?
Go on… share something and reach people that want to know… like me for instance. 🙂