Can I tell you a secret? I think along the way my pictures have become more about the people reading my blog than about my family. Even when I take photos I love, I wonder if anyone else will like them. What if people stop visiting because they don't like my pictures anymore? People don't really want to see snapshots of my kids, do they? Wouldn't they like to see something more artsy? I don't know how in the world my blog grew from 6 followers to over 400 in just two years! I don't link up to blog hops or challenges, I don't advertise my blog, I don't have my own business, Etsy shop, anything that would draw people to stop by and visit. It humbles me greatly. I wish you could know how your comments have encouraged and motivated me these past two years. YOU matter to me.
I don't know when I started thinking I could only post my "best work" on my blog. That sounds a bit silly, doesn't it? :-) I'm not a professional. Never will be. No desire to be. This is my hobby, something I enjoy, and something I want to get better at. I have thought so many times about making my blog private so I don't have to worry about any of those things. My family loves every single photo I take... so why not just make this blog for them?
I guess the answer is because of all the amazing, supportive, wonderful friends I've made. I value every one of you. I've made some very close friends, some casual friends, friends I'm silly with, friends I'm more serious with, friends I pray for, friends who email me to tell me they're having a bad day, and friends that tell me they're expecting a baby even before they tell their own families...
I can't imagine not having my e-friends as a part of my life, so I will keep my blog public and keep posting away. I want to learn and improve and become better! But at the same time, I need to remember I began this blog as a scrapbook for my family and that's the most important thing, right?
WHEW! Now that that's off my shoulders, here are a few shots from Islands of Adventure.
Next, a few shots from the beach. I think my beach pictures are the most disappointing of all my Florida pictures. I have plenty of mid-afternoon shots... harsh sun, unsightly shadows, the works. (WHEN did that start mattering to me? Ugh! I never worried about that before).
If it sounds like I don't like these pictures... it's not that. I do. :-) I just wanted those evening beach pictures in the golden light (you know the ones), with my kids wearing the brand new clothes we bought just for the pictures, and we just didn't have the chance. I think I had built it up so much in my mind that when it didn't happen, I was disappointed.
We were in a very small enclave of rocks here... so I couldn't go anywhere and the kids couldn't go anywhere. Thus the 5 million pictures from the same spot. ;-)
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for all your sweet words. If you made it through all the wordiness above, thank you for reading and listening to what's been on my mind lately. And most of all...have a wonderful week! :-)