This is not Bits Of My Weekend, and that is because Bits Of My Weekend is going to take a break for a while. I’ve been thinking so much about the purpose of this blog in my life lately – what it was started for, what it has become, and what it will be. It has always been, above and beyond, a creative outlet for me. I wasn’t much of a photographer before this blog, I didn’t make jewelry before this blog, I didn’t have so many amazing connections with creative people before this blog. I credit much of the “success” of my blog (I put that in quotes because I don’t exactly know how to define that) to Bits Of My Weekend. It’s my most popular reoccurring blog series and what people tell me they like the most. So why take a break? My heart just isn’t in it lately, and I’ve always firmly believed that blogging should never be forced. I take photos to fill a blog post and they’re no longer something I truly look forward to doing. Reading Brian’s post about food photography and honesty really hit home for me, I read it right after making this decision and it solidified it. I have a knee-jerk reaction to taking photos of my food and the same photo of a dang cup of coffee and everything is starting to look the same to me. I have to take digital photos because there’s no time to develop film in time for Monday, even though I prefer film and neglect so many of my fun film cameras because there’s just never any time for them when my weekends are spent taking digital for Bits.
What I want is to push myself in terms of photography and step outside of my comfort zone. I want to take my film cameras out more, I want to take more photos of people, I want to stop being nervous about pulling my camera out in certain situations even though I so badly want to capture a moment. I want to not be confined to time restraints like weekends and I want to step away from so many photos of my meals – and who am I kidding – my cat. I live in a beautiful place with endless treasures to be found – I want to go on day trips just to take photos. I want to be inspired. I want to be more serious about my photography. Less snapshots (I’ll leave that for Instagram), more thoughtfulness.
So what this all means is that photo posts will be looser, less scheduled. I know I don’t need to justify this all to you guys, you support me no matter what I do with my blog (for the most part, wink!) because you’re so awesome like that. This is really just me making a promise to myself, putting it on record. I realize that my weekend posts are my one outlet for personal stories on my blog, but don’t worry, I’ll still share personal bits, maybe even more, through random posts. There’s even one coming later today.
I used this photo above of a girl I met in NYC wearing one of my necklaces for this post because it’s sort of my gold standard for the type of photos I want to take more of. I think it was the first time I’ve ever asked a stranger if I could take their photo.
PS. There was a glitch with the shop update this weekend and it was about 30 minutes late. I apologize if you came and tried to purchase something and gave up! There are still some necklaces left – including brass drops. I made more than usual this time. Thank you to everyone who did snag one!