I should share right off the bat that I am a blog junkie. In addition to having an extensive list of blogs that I
stalk follow, I have been writing and sharing on my own personal blogs for almost 10 years now. I started on Xanga, if that helps give you a a better sense of my blogging history. Wow… that aged me a bit. I have never been a journaler in the traditional sense, a surprising fact that I attribute to growing up in a particularly nosy family. However, my desire to express myself and my need to write drew me to blogging. Within the blogosphere, I found a center. I’m a passionate person whose eloquence runs rampant in my head, but has a hard time compelling those thoughts to pass my lips. It’s the curse of a shy extrovert… yes, those exist. One fateful day, I found myself in front of the computer; amazed at this outlet I had been searching for, slightly obsessive with my re-edits (still guilty of that some days), and also thankful for a place to share my art along with my thoughts… both had been bundled up for far too long. I know many photographers who hate this side of the job, as well as many who ignore it altogether. I understand people who dread blogging, but personally, it excites me. This is just my little corner of the world, but it is full of joy, and these days there is so little time to write it all down. I look forward to the Fall when my schedule allows me to connect with you more.In addition to extra hours in my work day, I have happily discovered one little tool will begin to help me dedicate more time to writing: Blogstomp.
While I truly adore to write, I find the process of blogging for business to be bittersweet due to the vastly time-consuming process of prepping my images. My zeal for blogging was quickly overshadowed by the following pattern: Choose image, choose layouts, resize, sharpen, add border, add logo, save for web, go cross eyed, slam head on table, repeat. I own (and love) Morai Compositor for my collages, but I like discussing my photos in more detail, so I trudged along. Even the actions I created in PS only got me so far. I’m so thankful to have a quick, easy, and customizable program to prep my images at the click (or 2) of a button!
If you love blogging but hate the prep time, check out the free trial. Below is a quick screen shot of the app in action (along with a sneak peek of my current project… and the other things finding their way to my desktop this week ).
Yes, I realize that I stomped the picture of another set of images that I had previously stomped. Consider this a display of my love!