I’ve read quite a few “blogoversary” posts lately, or posts where the blogger “takes stock” of his or her blog and announces to readers where the blog is heading. The latter seems kind of funny to me, sort of like evaluating your relationship with a boyfriend and deciding whether or not it’s working for you. (“I will always have feelings for you, Blog, but I just don’t see us being together long term.”) Anyway, since this is me and Blog’s six-month anniversary, I thought I would do my own li’l reflection.
My plan when I started Black Walnut Dispatch was to showcase the fabulous photography that I would soon be creating with the expensive new Nikon digital SLR that I purchased last November. I had visions of myself mastering the camera in a few mere weeks, then stunning the blogoshere with jaw-dropping images of gardens and landscapes, with perhaps a bit of pithy commentary thrown in for good measure.
It quickly became clear that this grand vision was actually an illusion, or more accurately, a hallucination.
Turns out good photography is not totally dependent upon the quality of your camera! Turns out photography is as difficult as any other art form, and requires skill, study, patience, and years of practice to get good.
I mean, I knew that. I guess I was just banking on being a photography prodigy so that I wouldn’t have to deal with the learning curve.
Anyway, while I’ve been fumbling around with my new camera these last several months, I’ve been making up for my own lack of quality photos by pilfering photos from the internet and, of course, by writing a lot.
The writing I’ve done on this blog, and the positive responses I’ve gotten from people, have been extremely gratifying for me. Even though I’m an English teacher, it’s been awhile since I’ve written on a regular basis. Creating and maintaining this blog has reminded me how challenging it is to write regularly, but how satisfying it is as well. And quite frankly, the nice comments I get feed my ego. (Unlike gardeners, most of whom tend to be at peace with themselves, writers have needy little egos; they wail and wave spoons in the air, needing constant attention.)
So even though my relationship with Blog hasn’t gone exactly where I expected, I am pleased to announce that we won’t be breaking up anytime soon. I really want to thank those of you who come here regularly and take the time to read my strange, scattered postings, and I especially want to thank my BWERCs (Black Walnut Elite Regular Commenters — you know who you are).
Finally, I want to express how wonderful it is has been to discover this community of gardeners and writers, and to become part of it. Cicero was famous for saying, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” I’m pretty sure if Cicero was alive today he’d say largely the same thing, except he’d have a blog, too, and he would Tweet out his wise sayings instead of chiseling them on tablets, or whatever the Romans did.