Speed River Journal is going to turn into a photo blog for the month of November. You might ask, “Doesn’t this blog already feature great original images?” If you happened to say that, I would take it as a compliment. Now for a change, you can look forward to more photographs and fewer words.
Why? Because I want to. I have been feeling the change of seasons. My energy and motivation are shifting. After the May 2012 Blogathon I committed to posting three times a week, and so I have done ever since. But during the past week or two this challenge started to feel weighty, for the first time. I find it harder to research and write coherent prose.
This does not need to be a bad thing. My creative impulses have been moving toward the tactile and visual. I am trying to adjust to the idea that I should follow my motivation as it changes from season to season, rather than fighting it.
Despite all this, I hope to participate in National Novel Writing Month. I realized that writing more than 1,500 words a day and three 500-word blog posts per week did not appeal to me. I considered taking a break from blogging, and then I had the idea for Photovember. Because a change is as good as a break. Besides, spending time with my camera will bring inspiration. Suddenly I am excited about blogging again.
Here is what to expect this month: daily photo posts instead of written posts three times a week. Normally I start with a story idea, then look for images to illustrate it. Instead I will present images that speak for themselves. This puddle by the back gate seemed an appropriate place to start the pilgrimage. I will take an enforced break from the usual writing, apart from commenting on the images.
I hope you enjoy Photovember. Let me know what you think.