Ahhhh, the life of a blogger. This post title sounds like it should be on someecards.com. I have been “online journaling” for about two years and I think the most difficult part is getting the right photos to share on a post. When I first began blogging, I thought about not putting my image in my posts. Then I reconsidered. I feel people like putting a face to a blog. I compare it to when someone is always talking about their eccentric ex-boyfriend John or gorgeous, fashionista friend Jane, and then they show you a picture of these folks. Their rantings and musings about John and Jane are so much more intriguing. Why? They put a face to their stories. If you are blogging about the intimate details of your life or very personal, clandestine thoughts then you may want to keep your mug out of your posts. For example, if your blog was called, My Obsession with Kim Kardashian or My Obsession with Feet or My Life as a Gambling Addict, I could see why someone would want to remain completely anonymous under such circumstances. I, however, blog about trying to become healthier and fitter, so why not share my image in my posts?
Source: someecards.com (lol-ing)
Back to photos. I always find this a challenge. For some posts, I take the odd selfie. You may have read my musings on selfies before. I feel a tad awkward taking them. If I am doing a post say about, my sweaty gym session, I may want to add a picture with my
perspiration-filled, sweaty face glowing face at the end of the post for effect. I always feel as though I have to quickly sneak the selfie in before anyone at the gym catches me. I fret that someone may think, look at that grown-a*# woman taking a gym selfie. Pitiful. Up until now I have managed to sneak the selfies in before anyone discovers me. Should someone discover me mid-selfie, I have even thought of what to say, which is this (tell me what you think.) “Oh, I blog. I have to take a photo of my sweaty face for the post I’m writing.” Convincing?
Note the selfie below. I snapped this one at the gym for a post I was working on. Notice not the upper lip ‘stache (I was planning on waxing after the gym) but do notice the worrisome, please nobody walk in this studio now, please, please door don’t open yet, look in my eyes:
As for taking photos of others, I always ask permission instead of trying to sneak them, as that could be asking for trouble. For example, I am writing a post about a new class I tried at my gym. I wanted to get a shot of the instructor demonstrating an exercise, so I contacted the gym for permission about writing the piece, and I also asked the instructor if it was okay if I took her photo while she was teaching. Thankfully, it was a-okay on all fronts. If I were to sneak a photo during said class, and the instructor caught me, I would say (tell me what you think) “Oh, I blog. Can I take a photo of you lunging?” Even though I was already in the process of taking the photo. I’ll ask. Plain and simple.
My favourite type of photos consist of when I am out in nature and may see something beautiful. An Autumn tree with bright red and yellow leaves, a sunrise that looks as though it was painted by nature’s brush, or a babbling brook on a hiking trail.
Love taking these:Let’s face it, we humans are visual creatures. We like imagery. We like to see things that are beautiful, inspiring, mesmerizing and vibrant. This is why I love reading all your blogs. Your photos. As well as your writing, your photos tell your story. Also…..in keeping with the theme, I’m on Instagram. Let me see your sweaty selfies, pets, cute bambinos, travels, Yoga salutations, zen gardens, workout sessions, delicious eats and general fun. I follow back! Wow me with your photos and I will try to with mine @ trextotigress
Now it’s your turn. Fill in the blank “Do you mind if I take a photo of you/your__________? Oh, it’s for my blog.”