Well, I did it. I set out at the beginning of August to post a photo on Instagram every day for a month, and I successfully achieved that goal. Why did I do this, well you can read that here. Essentially, I did it to see how much discipline and planning doing something as “simple” as posting on Instagram each day would require.
Consistency is key to build any following on social media, blogs, or any form of digital content. I took the baby steps approach by starting with Instagram, a platform I am on every day seeing what automotive journalists, photographers, and “influencers” are up to. It’s a fun, visual medium that I find very useful and entertaining.
How did it go?
Most days, I found this exercise a lot of fun. I wanted the process of posting something each day to make me pay attention to my environment more, and find the interesting things in the normal routine. The funny thing is, even though I have a pretty fun job with interesting things in the office, my normal routine is still pretty much like any other cubicle-dweller out there. Outside of a few interesting items around the office, the rest of the area and routine is pretty standard, which means boring. So I really needed to pull myself out of the routine to find things of interest, which was fun.
It turns out that paying attention to your environment outside the ordinary is fun and kind of good for you. Crazy right? Not that the photos and comments I posted were earth-shattering revelations, it is social media after all. But my normal routine now includes being a little more mindful of whether I have done anything outside the norm each day.
Will it Continue?
That is the $100,000 question, right? I don’t know if I will stick to posting something every day, or writing a blog post every week. But I will take this experience and use it to break myself out of routines as much as possible. Thankfully, the next few months will be eventful as I get back to the racetrack for work. Then, after a few events, I will be leaving my job, selling our house, and moving. So you know, nothing really going on there.
I look forward to pursuing a new career as a freelance journalist and photographer because observing and documenting my environment will kind of be my job. So no time to get better at it than right now.
Recently, I added a new (to me anyway) camera to my arsenal specifically to help document street photography and candid portraits. It is a Leica D-Lux Typ 109 point and shoot. It is so much more portable than my Sony A7ii and has a fantastic aperture range making it extremely flexible. I’m still learning how to use it as the menus and controls are very different from the Sony architecture, but I am very happy with my eBay purchase.
This camera will certainly not replace the Sony for track photography or more “creative” projects, but I think it’s going to be a strong workhorse for me, I hope. Of course, if this camera makes me want to shoot exclusively with Leica gear, I might have to harvest an organ or two because their stuff is mucho expensive. Time to get to work!