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Journal Entry: Tue Jun 14, 2011, 11:55 PM
  • Listening to: The voices in my head ...
  • Reading: Poker faces
  • Watching: American Pickers
  • Eating: Less these days
  • Drinking: More water
OK, so my last journal was a bit of a rant and I had it up for a while. It just bothered me to even see it anymore, so it's gone from the front page.

I've been pondering something as of late that was posed to me: Why is it so important to have other people like what you do? Can't it be enough that you enjoy what you do? (Gotta love the insight of a woman that can keep a guy grounded, right? Yep, that was my wife that said that.)

At first I was sorta hurt. Of course I'd like to be recognized - we all do. And let's face it, while I appreciate every fav and watch I get here, if my deviation exposures were search results, I'd be the penny keywords on AdWords. But seriously - I don't even know what possessed me to think anyone would appreciate what I do beyond myself and those already in my circle. Hell, half my family and friends don't even get my sense of humor ... why should this be different? Perhaps this site helped me believe I was more than I really am - just some regular guy with a creative outlet. Sure, I may get lucky and find something sorta neat once in a while, but by and large I need to remember that I do this because I love doing it. I'll probably never make any real money at it (thank goodness I have a day job) nor will I gain any acclaim. I forget that I've always loved photography and art in general - it's easy to do these days where it's so easy to share everything with everyone and so everyone does. The sad part - I don't even post close to 1/10th of what I take or draw. I am very picky with what I put out there and only choose things I really like myself. As compared to a lot of people here, I am the exception for sure. This is why I am quite defensive of anything I post, I suppose.

With that in mind, going forward, I will likely be even more picky on what I post here, there and everywhere else. Maybe it will mean I spend even less time in front of a computer (yeah right!). If you're still reading this, feel free to leave a comment, complaint, insult, joke, URL link, etc. or whatever you feel like ... just so I know you're still paying attention. That'd be great.

Been traveling a lot more lately for work. I hope that means good things, but we will see. Tampa in a couple of weeks, San Francisco again the week after, maybe Vegas in August (though that will be more for me than anything). Just got back from New York again. Hard to keep up with all the DA stuff plus other sites with all that activity but I'm trying. Summer is here and the time is right to be in other places I suppose. We'll see where it all takes me.

I'll be posting the next round of the 50PhotoThrowdown soon as well. Should be more fun than you can shake a stick at. I promise.

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