Reverse Blogging

Is this a Sharpie ad or a stab at expressing something about color?
Is this a Sharpie ad or a stab at expressing something about color?

One of the best things I’ve been doing in the last few months is what I might casually describe as “reverse blogging.”

Last summer, our photographer friend Robert brought a $1 hardback blank journal for us when he visited, saying that we should make it into a “visit journal.” Yes, that sounded great, but after he left, it occured to me that he only visits once every six months or so, and the book would probably be orphaned.

With plenty of pages for all kinds of topics, I started writing about photography: favorite lenses, favorite films in the film era, favorite places to make pictures… ah. Travel. What if I also made this book a place to record all our travels? Yes, I know that you know I blog about every trip we take (link), but without a doubt, having something like a photographic print or a book full of notes is a very different experience than a website.

I’ve also been adding pullout boxes about everything from which cameras I took to the Grand Canyon to how many hours does it take to drive to Amarillo. It’s taking shape very nicely.

I feel happy every time I pick up a tangible record or result of my creative efforts.

There are few things I love more than committing a real thought with pen and paper.
There are few things I love more than committing a real thought with pen and paper.

2 Comments

  1. I admit, when I saw the title, I thought something besides “writing on paper”, but I say do that if it works for you. For me, writing physically has always been slow and painful; the advent of my first word processor (which could store documents on floppies) was a eureka moment and I’ve rarely looked back.

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