Why in the age of Instagram and Snapchat would I want to start another blog?
The answer is multifaceted. I have always liked the idea of having a home on the internet outside of the realm of social media, whether that’s just a landing page, portfolio, resume or blog. I haven’t kept an active personal website for a while and I need to correct that. This blog is a fresh start. In the not so distant future my new online photography gallery will be live as well as a showcase for video/film projects I am or have worked on.
Besides these practical reasons, here are 3 reasons why I am blogging again.
1. Contributions To The Creative Community.
For over 20 years I have used the internet to learn. From scouring message boards for video editing tips and tricks in the 90’s to recently where I have been browsing GitHub and StackOverflow to help me as I learn to code and add programming to my skills. Throughout all of those years I have also taught many people how to edit video, helped solve problems, discussed techniques, etc. I want to continue to share my experience and knowledge with anyone who is new to filmmaking or photography, or anyone who is stuck while working on a video project. This blog gives me spot to place my tutorials and tips for anyone to use.
2. Thoughtful Discussions.
I will engage in my fair share of Facebook comment wars but let’s face it, Facebook hasn’t lived up to its potential as a conduit for constructive thoughtful discussions. For fun banter, that mimics a party type vibe, it rocks. Anyway, I am excited about having this outlet for creative discussions. Yes, it is a blog so technically it is mostly a one-sided discussion but through comments, e-mails and messages I do hope we can go back and forth a bit. What do I hope to discuss? We’ll chat about gear, technique, movies, shows, and dig a little deeper into those and break down and analyze some scenes from movies and shows.
Another thing that excites me about this blog is the opportunity it gives me to document my own creative journey and process. I’m always fascinated by taking a peak at the creative processes of others, whether it’s how another video editor approaches a project or how screenwriters tackle their first draft. Regardless of how small the project may be I think it will be cool to chat about it here. It will also help keep me accountable and on track to work on and finish projects. Documenting my creative journey will be a regular subject of mine here and might be a source for new YouTube videos as well, so keep an eye on that.
I think those are pretty strong reasons to start a blog in 2018. Will this blog find an audience? Maybe just a small one, but that’s ok. I honestly have modest expectations. It’s all about the journey.