Today is April 1st, and the first day of a few projects I'm trying to start or revive. One of them is this attempt at a daily written blog. The idea came from 750words.com, which is a site that reminds you and allows you to write 750 (or more) words a day... the idea being that if you aren't held accountable by someone or something to do it... you probably won't.
My first writings were just stream of consciousness. I let words just flow from my brain into my fingers and really tried not to think about it too much. Since I had just gone through a breakup... most of the words were about her. That was stuff I'm glad was not for publication at all. I'm a very open person... but honestly not many people out there want to read about those types of things from someone who is hurting and feeling insecure and down about themselves. Then again, the right kind of person would take a lot of motivation from it. They could compare themselves to me... and feel great in comparison! Alas... I'm keeping those docs to myself.
The other great thing about the site is that it gives great statistics on what you're writing. You get a word cloud, some pie charts which gauge your mood based on the words you use, and some other pretty cool statistics that I'm sure will become more interesting to me as time goes on and I actually have more to be analyzed.
There are also the monthly challenges. Each month you are challenged to write 750 words every single day. There is no way to cheat... so you really just have to do it. I was delighted and surprised to see that my friend Rudy Jahchan was on the short list of 10 people who completed the task last month. Way cool and very motivational. There are a lot of reasons I think daily writing is important... and I'm totally not going to go over them at all today.
Instead I'd like to try and describe the things I might want to talk about during these 750 words a day... because as of this moment I have no idea but if I put some stuff down in writing, right now, as I think of it... there might be a chance I'll somewhat stick to it in the future and provide either entertainment, information or perhaps mild amusement to anyone who happens across these writings. I suppose I could also spend the time sprinkling SEO keywords in a dense enough manner that for each 750 words about 6% of them are the name of a product, and at the top of the page I could have a link to that product on Amazon. How awesome would that be???
Ok, so probably not very awesome.
Instead I think it would be most useful if I literally just write the things that are on my mind. Those things usually revolve around just a few different topics. There's photography... of course. Boy do I have lots to say about photography. I originally started this blog in 2002 with posts about my new love of street photography... unfortunately in the multiple moves the content has taken the photos themselves have been lost to the ether... I no longer even have the original scans (they were all shot on film back then). All that remain are a bunch of posts mostly about gear lust... which I'm proud to say I no longer feel much need to write about these days.
I'll also write lots about my thoughts on video, DSLR video and filmmaking. Mostly because besides photography I'm mostly involved with this stuff on a daily basis, and half of what Lan and I teach and get hired to do is all about video. We were lucky to get into web video before web video was the thing to do (December, 2004) so we have just about as much experience as most people can have on this specific topic. Though things have come a long way (YouTube is so easy a child can upload their videos now) there's still a lot of other factors that people don't understand or know much about... so I'll likely write about these things too.
Lastly... well not lastly but lastly for now... I'm going to start giving my thoughts on industry-related topics. I'm involved in a few industries... but they all revolve around web marketing and web deliverables and web promotion... and there are lots of things to say about all of that.
Ok, so here are my first 750 words. Actually I'm now at 777.
These are some of the stats from 750words.com, click the image to see all the stats: