I have an idea about a thing I’d like to write but I’m not writing it. Instead I’m wondering if the act of scrutinizing the idea enough to articulate it will crush it. And, if I would, was it ever anything more than a mirage of an idea? “Better to just give it some time,” I think.
I spent so many years answering the question, “are you still writing?” with “no. But I’m thinking,” that people stopped asking.
I got involved with photography in many ways as a rejection of the written word. I had just finished a degree in writing and I felt like a shell. Photography, by contrast, is stubbornly silent. It has innate boundaries. You can’t back it into the corner of a position because the photograph will always answer, “hey, [shrug] that’s what I saw.”
So, I’m surprised to discover that photography has been the impetus for me to start writing again. Today I’m embarking on 30 day challenge (along with a small but dedicated group of fellow photographers) to blog every single day. The 30 day challenge is a trope these days but the history behind it is interesting. In the 1950s, a plastic surgeon named Maxwell Maltz found that it took patients at least 21 days following a surgery to adjust to their new body. He wrote, “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.” From this genesis the fount of thirty day challenges for habit change was born. I like this story because it situates habit formation where it belongs, as a result of the self-efficacy of the individual. As Henry Ford famously wrote, “Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Thus, here we are, at the beginning of something. For one month, beginning today, I will post one blog entry every single day. I’m not promising length, or great literature, or earth shattering photographs but I am promising my idea of engaging, visually rich content, in bite size pieces, every single day, for a month. If you’re interested in see where this journey leads, subscribe below.