Happy New Year to my family and friends (I consider my followers friends)! I am grateful for all the wonderful comments, likes and views you have provided to me over the past 10 months since I established this blog. It’s truly a wonderful feeling to know that you all have taken the time out of your busy lives to check in on me and view my photos.
I had many hours to think about this blog post on my drive today from South Carolina to my home in Virginia. I began this blog as a personal challenge and to improve my photography skills, but I have to admit it’s become much more than that. It’s evolved into a way to reconnect with family and friends whom I’ve lost touch with, to express my thoughts and feelings as I’ve taken a new career path and, unexpectedly, a way to “meet” new people from all over the country and world as they follow my blog and I follow theirs.
Over the past decade the Internet has changed my life and career for better and for worse. About 16 months ago, I “retired” as editor of a weekly news magazine to embark on a new path in life. It’s been a transformative time for me, both professionally and personally, and the Internet has played a huge role and opened many new doors.
I’ve taken online classes from some of the best instructors in the country in photography and technology, I work from home for great companies based throughout the country and, most importantly, I’ve made new friends and connections with wonderful people around the world. A few years ago, I considered the Internet as an important tool in my profession, but now I’ve grown to love and appreciate all that it’s brought to me personally and how it’s enriched my life in so many ways.
So, in a roundabout way, this is a thank you to those who have been catalysts to my personal transition in 2011. I’m grateful to all of you who have inspired me with your words and photos, to those who have reached out and even to those who simply pass through and click on the like button. I look forward to a wonderful 2012 and intend to further expand my creative education and output this year on a variety of fronts. Thank you for the inspiration. Cheers!