Woe is me! Hard as it is to make one’s way in the world as a photographer, I also want to write, but nothing anyone would want to read. I want to write essays!
Every day I wake with a new bright idea. This idea keeps recurring, so today, Friday, August 28, 2015, with perhaps a few good years remaining in my life, I am ready to give this idea a start.
I am optimistic in many ways: that I have something to say and time enough to say it, that I will find readers willing to read what I publish, and that I will find the enthusiasm to actually do it.
If I am to be pitied for anything, it is that I have an active imagination and an inactive life. I am full of ideas of things to do but the lifestyle of an average older guy who likes his naps and his easy chair in front of the television.
About twelve years ago I was writing an essay every week. Many people, enough to count on two hands, told me how much they liked them. That was when I was under-employed. Now that I am semi-retired, am I ready to do it again?
With the WordPress platform, my essays can be easily published as a blog. I can publish as I write. That’s what I am doing now, sitting in the Digital Print Lab at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, writing while the printer slowly puts ink on paper. As soon as the print is done, I will examine it for imperfections, set it out to dry, and start another printing. Then I will return here.
I’m back! I just looked over what I wrote above and made some edits. Now what? Whoops! Time to make another print!
I’m back! Time to talk about finding an audience, something essential to publishing that most self-publishers ignore, especially those who are printing ink on paper. Yes, that’s what I am doing right now with my photographs, all of which have homes waiting for them.
For these essays, email is the easiest way to develop an audience. I want to invite them, even entice them. And then, once they actually start reading, my implicit promise is they will find something worthy of their attention, nothing like what I am writing here, which is more about me working out what I am about to begin.
I want to invite comments. I love it when I get a thoughtful comment from people who see the Photo Prayers I send out every week. That makes me think I want a core audience of people I know and trust. Perhaps people like you!