I do this for me.
I take pictures of most everything I do, a lot of what surrounds me, and things I may find beauty, meaning, or interest in.
I started this photoblog back in 2006, a couple of months after I moved to St. Louis, because I wanted to share with my family back in Texas all of the things I was seeing and doing in my new environment. After a while, however, taking pictures and posting them on this site was more of a therapeutic activity for me than a means of communication and has continued to be so ever since. I shared the link to this site with more friends and it just so happened that most people liked my pictures and the stories I tell with them each day. More and more people started looking, and although most of them didn't leave comments or chose to remain anonymous, it didn't matter to me because I kept reminding myself that I did this for me and not for everyone else's entertainment.
My pictures sometimes have a story, but more recently I've chosen to be a little more vague about what I'm putting out there. I don't know who's looking, and although I continually tell myself that it doesn't matter, sometimes I do wonder...
So I would like to point out to you, whoever you are, that I appreciate your support. For the most part I've had positive comments and messages about my stories, but I have been told a few times by different people that I should be "more careful" about what I post or "more reserved" about what I'm telling, and have point-blank been criticized for some of the activities or emotions I've chosen to display. I have considered restricting access to this site, making it completely private, or shutting it down altogether. And maybe I will do one of those things eventually, but I can't help but think to myself that if someone doesn't approve, they just shouldn't look, right?
I do this for me. But seeing how many people have looked at my posts and reading a few comments here and there really makes my day, I have to admit. In a way, I feel like the more I show people about my life, the more I'll learn about myself. Thanks.