First of all, only start a photography blog because you want to. Not because you feel like you “should” create a blog because everyone else is.
Funny enough— a blog is kind of a dated thing now. All the young kids are now on Instagram and Snapchat— it is rare that young people make blogs anymore.
So don’t think that blogs are a “fad”— they are forms of self-expression and communication which are here to stay.
Interestingly enough— apparently 90% of the web is now powered by WordPress (commonly known as a blogging platform, but now most major websites like the NY times, etc run on it).
So why start a photography blog?
Well— start a blog if you must start a blog. If you have something you really want to share with the rest of the world, and you don’t want to be a slave to a platform (ie. social media apps).
I’ve been blogging for over a decade now (I started blogging first on “Xanga” when I was 16 years old) and now I am 27 years old. To be frank, blogging hasn’t changed much in these last 10 years (except the addition of new widgets, more powerful customization, and the conquering of Google of teh interwebz).
I first personally started to blog because I wanted to share some of my ridiculous ideas and musings. I also enjoyed to write.
My high school blog was pretty bullshit— it was me ranting and raving about random high school drama. Funny enough, I went by the moniker “ekizz” (my friend Aaron made it up for me in middle school; a combination of “Eric” and “Kim”) and it was my other more confident, self-assured (and very rude) online persona.
I started my photography blog (originally erickimphotography.com was a photo blog), and I posted a photo everyday. I did this starting 18 years old (when I first got into college). When I was 18, my mom got me my first point-and-shoot digital camera (Canon powershot) and I wanted to somehow share the photos with the world. At that time, Facebook didn’t exist, and there wasn’t an easy way to share images at the time. So the “photoblog” platform (essentially an online gallery where you can post photos on a daily basis) was the only way to do it.
I posted consistently everyday to keep myself motivated, and also to share all of the photos I was proud of. At the time I didn’t track “stats” and I never got any comments— I simply posted because I enjoyed the process.
Over time, I started to get interested in street photography. I remember the day that I changed my website title from “Eric Kim Photography” to “Eric Kim Street Photography.” I would say from that point I got really serious about street photography (at age 20).
When I was 20, I was frustrated because there wasn’t any websites on how to shoot street photography. In-fact, I had no idea what the genre was. So a lot of my personal learning was based on trial-and-error, and many of the lessons I learned were from my close photography friends.
When I was 22 years old, I just graduated college and started working full-time. I always wanted to start a blog (specifically on street photography) since I knew that there were a lot of other people on the internet (like me) who wanted to learn the practical side of street photography— how to shoot without getting punched in the face, what to look for, technical settings, and how to compose better photos.
Anyways, I started the blog out of a hobby and a pure love for the genre of street photography. I woke up everyday about an hour before work (around 7:30am) and blogged for about an hour, before biking into work and starting my job at around 10am. Sometimes I would be “in the zone” of writing, that I would get to work late (10:30am). During my lunch hours, I would brainstorm ideas for new articles (and sometimes wrote for 30 minutes with my little netbook at the local Starbucks) when I had a good idea. When I got home after work, I would sometimes answer emails on my street photography-related blog email, and use that time to upload photos from other photographers, to share their images on the blog.