Some women sew. Others bake fabulous pastries. These days, a whole lot of us blog.
Yet I think there should be a lot more “gal bloggers.” Notice that I didn’t say “mommy bloggers.” That’s because I think that we women are capable of talking about all kinds of interesting stuff, not just child-rearing. The phrase marginalizes us too much.
What I love about my friend Tisha Clinkenbeard, whom I’ve known since early childhood, is how she plunged into blogging and photography last year around the time of her wedding. She’s also begun to sell some of her prints. It’s been marvelous to watch her blossom as a newbie blogger. Hoping to spark some more of our pals to write and post photos, I decided to interview Tisha about her experience thus far.
RW&G: What’s your earliest memory of using a camera?
Tisha: Probably in my early twenties–for vacations. I took a lot of them but did not take some of the “daily” pictures that I do now but focused instead on capturing the trip memories.
[Note that Tisha was co-editor of my high school yearbook. That’s the danger of old friends… we remember too much!]
RW&G What prompted you to start a photo blog?
Tisha: The Forty Project prompted me. And the support of Hubby. I really liked sharing stories with my friends, family, and even strangers, hoping that it could touch a life in some way. Then it seemed natural to want to share the photos. Some people share the same photo interests, or nature interest, or just may not get to travel to the places I am blessed to visit and [blogging] was a way to share those things with other people.
RW&G: How has sharing your photos on light impacted your everyday life–for better or worse?
Tisha: For the better overall. I like to share as close to every day as I can. If I look back on the day and think of what picture I have that the day makes me think of… and then share it with a little tidbit on the why, what, where… then it has more meaning to me. It is great to hear from someone that they like a picture or for instance, this past month a man shared his gratitude for recognizing our service men and women in a photo. That kind of feedback is a treasure. Of course, one’s ego is always fluffed by any positive comment. But overall I try to keep it in the realm of enjoying the photography and the sharing–everything else is icing on the cake.
RW&G: A lot of women our age think they want to start a blog or photo blog, but they’re hesitant to do it. What would you say to them?
Tisha: Go for it. If you touch one person–whether you realize it or not–then you have accomplished a goal. The spirit of the sharing is what seems most real to me. If you can profit from it and set that as your goal, then you have to work very hard at it–it isn’t the casual approach. So decide what you want as your blog’s goal and then research, research, research! Talk to other photographers, and you will find a wealth of information. You can take it as far as you want to or keep it simple. But most important is to enjoy it. Don’t make blogging a chore or a stress. And be open to trying different approaches. I found that the more frequently I [posted], the more interest I gained. Also, look at others doing their photo blogs and see what you like about theirs. After all they are reaching out to everyone as much as you are. My key word is “Enjoy!” Any blog, photo or word, should be enjoyable to the person doing the blogging.
• You can see Tisha’s work–and the evolution of it over the last year–at FoundRoundAndAbout.com.
• In an effort to connect RW&G readers who are also bloggers, I set up a page “Grew Crew.” Visit to learn how to share your blog with RW&G fans. Who knows? Maybe I’ll make this “gal blogger profile” thing a regular feature?