Monday, March 21, 2011

a small reminder on being in the moment and blogging.

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Being in the moment and blogging seem to go hand in hand...right? Documenting events, taking photos of loved ones, happy thoughts. So many bits of life written down, photographed, condensed and shared. But really, could there be anything less "in the moment" than trying to capture the moment? It's a fine line to walk- there you are at a great event, and instead of just being, just focusing on the people and beautiful surroundings, you're thinking about taking photos, thinking about how you can "blog this" later. Over the past year or so I've managed to strike a great balance with my blog world and my real world. And not that the two are entirely separate anymore, but because blogging is such a huge part of my life, it's imperative that I take a step back and become selective with what I share. I don't blog everything I do, and for special occasions (like my sister's wedding), I make taking photos secondary to creating memories. I think it's important for serious and/or full-time bloggers to keep this in mind- you're documenting your life, but the LIFE part is what's important, and if the documenting/sharing part works naturally with this, great. But focus first and foremost on having fun and not thinking too much about how this will translate into the best possible blog post.

I think it's great to remind myself to be more present in my everyday life, and that sometimes, it's far more fun to actually be in the moment, than to try and capture it.

54 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! I feel the exact same way.
    Sometimes I have to make myself leave my camera and phone behind and just enjoy the moment. I love having pictures to look back on, but there are definitely occasions that feel more special when you just sit back and let them happen.

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  2. Totally agree with this - being in the moment is so much more satisfying than capturing it but sometimes it's difficult to strike the balance. I like to sometimes not take pictures/capture things as it feels like taking a break from the "blogging" me! x

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  3. Great great great post, love! I couldn't agree more. I love sharing fun parts of my life on my blog, but I definitely do not share everything. And there have been so many times that I had planned on taking pictures of something fun to share on my blog, but as soon as taking the photos took the fun out of what I was doing I put my camera away and instead enjoyed the moment. I never want my blog to feel like a chore or for a fun event to become boring because I'm trying so hard to "capture" it for my blog. I'm really glad to know that someone else feels the same way! :]
    xx Mandy

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  4. I couldnt agree with you more. Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. Agreed! Daniel has to remind me of this sometimes...(especially when I blogged more frequently. If we're out to dinner and I'm busy taking pictures of him or the food instead of enjoying our date, he reminds me to just enjoy our time. He also teases me relentlessly.."is this going in your blog later?" Ha. :)

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  6. Whoops that was me! I was signed in under my other email. ;)

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  7. so true, yet i find myself struggling with this constantly. it's hard to find that balance, especially when you have a baby! but seriously? henry is growing up faster than i'd like and even though having pictures of him and the fun things we did will be awesome, i'd rather have the actual memories of and feelings associated with our time. you wrote this beautifully. a perfect reminder. LOVE.

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  8. Too true, I can imagine this easily becoming an issue for some people!

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  9. It's such a difficult balance to find sometimes. I'm not always taking pictures, but I definitely find myself writing blogs in my mind as things are happening.

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  10. I love this!
    My mother in law is constantly telling me to pull out my camera and take pictures of things and I get frustrated by it. Sometimes I just wanna be part of the fun...not just the documenter!
    Thanks!

    -Cara Mason
    cara.jess@gmail.com
    www.midkid.ca

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  11. this is so dead on! i completely refocused my priorities about a month or more ago and that's why you see a lot of my "A Peek" feature now... it's just a glimpse into our day or night so that i'm not missin out on LIFE. ;o)

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  12. I think about this all the time! And being a new blogger, I feel like it happens a lot more than I would like it to. I can relate to a lot of your posts. I really like the advice:

    "But focus first and foremost on having fun and not thinking too much about how this will translate into the best possible blog post."

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  13. What a great reminder! Sometimes I remind myself to put the camera down and just enjoy! Wonderful post!

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  14. These are great words to live by! I'm fairly new to blogging, so I'm trying to find the balance myself. Thanks for the advice!! :)

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  15. This is so true. There are lots of times where I forget to take pictures because I'm just having fun. I want to have pictures of the memories but I don't want to disrupt the moment by taking the time to plan out visually appealing pictures. Thank you for posting this blog.

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  16. I really appreciate this post :) Yesterday, I made one of my family recipes for the first time so I could "put it on the blog." Well, later while devouring, I realized my motivation was just wrong. I enjoyed it, but would have enjoyed it SO MUCH MORE if I was focused on the meaning behind what I was preparing instead of "which pictures should I take."

    Thanks for the perspective!
    -Jess

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  17. This post is so relevant to me right now. Yesterday, I saw an eagle pick up a fish out of the ocean and fly above my head. I was so obsessed with grabbing my camera, and getting the best shot, that I missed the whole experience. I sortof wish it was just one of those "I wish I had my camera" moments.

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  18. i know exactly what you are saying!

    i haven't taken too many photos on vacation, just quick ones here and then. i can easily get lost behind the lens and lose my moment. i look back on photos and i remember taking THOSE photos, but not being in the moment. Now, it's kind of nice. I have more wonderful stories than pics!

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  19. I agree with this one hundred percent! I've noticed this a lot more lately, particularly at concerts. Now that everyone has fancy phones with good cameras, they seem so much more focused on getting a bunch of good pictures than enjoying the show! I'm not against snapping a few shots, but unless you're being paid to photograph the event, try to pay attention to the show.

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  20. I TOTALLY know what you mean! It's so funny how often times I don't have photos of the biggest events in my life because I'm too busy actually enjoying them. Glad I'm not alone in this<3

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  21. Thanks for this reminder. Goes along with how our blogs are just glimpses into our lives and while it is easy to become an expert at the art of comparison when reading others blogs, it is good to keep that perspective. Thanks!

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  22. Well put. It's something that I try to balance too. Especially when our family is involved. Not everything is blog fodder :-D

    Your blog is beautiful and so are you by the way!

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  23. Oh, my. This is something I have thought about for sure. Sometimes, taking pictures helps me be in the moment. Friends goof around for the camera, memories are both created and documented. Also, sometimes taking photos forces me to really take a look and observe what I'm doing, where I'm at, then I would normally without a camera.

    Although, I have definitely brought my camera on outings and never taken it off my shoulder once. For me, it's something that either naturally happens, or it doesn't. If I'm too deeply involved in a moment, I won't take photos, and sometimes I regret it later, though I remind myself how much fun I had, that I didn't need to worry about taking photos.

    I've also discovered that it helps to have friends who don't mind taking photos. I set down the camera, friends pick it up and play, and then I have great and surprising photos to look back on later! It's just an organic thing that I tend to let work itself out as the night goes on.

    Good post, Danielle. :)

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  24. It's so hard to find the balance, especially as your babies get older. I JUST talked about this with my husband the other day who is always like "quick get the camera!" and wanting to catch every thing the boys do. But I don't want to ruin the experience of those first steps or the little moments with trying so tirelessly to document them. My brain will remember the important stuff just fine, thank you.

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  25. I really needed this! I completely agree with this and this is probably why I'm slacking on my blog lately. I want to enjoy just being with my fiance and daughter rather than trying to figure out how to share it later. Great post!! :)

    The Sweetest Life

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  26. i couldn't agree more with you.
    I'm a little bit on the other side of things, I feel like I sometimes have to create things to write about and enjoy. I feel like my life isn't always note-worthy and I'm struggling to be interesting.
    I think by reading this, I'm learning to let life happen. You can't rush it.
    thanks for reminding me of that.

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  27. you're so smart! i love you & your blog. and that photo you pretty thing. being present in now is extremely important!

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  28. i couldnt agree more. sometimes i find that i need to leave my camera at home so i can focus on the moment and not 'what i can blog about later'

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  29. So true, and so well put. When I start thinking to myself, "Now how can I blog this?" I know it's time to take a step back.

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  30. Wow, I could not agree more! Wise and well worded.

    Alec Sulkin (@thesulk) just wrote on twitter, "Shit. Actually watched the rain instead of taking pictures of the rain then posting them on facebook." Pretty funny ... something to think about!

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  31. I agree but also ever since I first got a camera when I was younger I am so awful at remembering to take pictures or just not being comfortable with taking it out. I don't have many pictures from when I was younger because of this. I'm trying to get better so I can have pictures to remember things I've done. I have THE worst memory.

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  32. I couldn't have said it better myself!

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  33. I couldn't agree more with this post. It can be a fine line to walk.. since I am relatively new to blogging I find it hard sometimes to just be.. and sometimes I just forgo taking the pictures. I figure some events are just more important to be apart of fully.

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  34. Totally agree! I find myself absorbing the moment and not taking any pictures...however I just got a Droid so maybe it will be easy to take quick photos.

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  35. Dead on! I think I irritate my husband sometimes by trying to record everything instead of being in the moment and experiencing it myself.

    I don't think I've found my balance yet but I'm working on it.
    Thanks for the advice!

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  36. You said it sister! Sometimes less is more...

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  37. A good reminder! Sometimes I find myself thinking in terms of blog posts, and you're right... in retrospect, it can ruin the moment.

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  38. This is such a great reminder, and I have honestly been struggling with this lately. Thank you for this little reminder, I think we all need this sometimes!

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  39. Yes yes yes! So well said! Interesting life equals interesting blog. I'm sometimes happy when I forget my camera at home and just have to SEE the amazing sunset, hilarious thrift store find, beautiful view... This is such a great post.

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  40. You are so right - it's a very fine line. It's almost become a joke in my family..."don't eat that cupcake, Ashley hasn't taken a photo yet!" & things like that. :)

    I'm glad to have the pictures to look at later, but I do need to be better about relaxing and truly enjoying life.

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  41. Don't you just wish your eyes could take photos so you could just enjoy life and go back later and select photos from your memory?! Haha gotta love totally unrealistic wishes. Great post, Danielle <3

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  42. This is great. I totally agree with you. One of my favorite lines from anything, ever, is from a "Six Feet Under" episode when one of the characters is moving away from home, and her whole family is hugging/having a moment/enjoying their last few minutes together/etc. She says, "Oh, let me take a picture!" and tries to get the group together to pose for a photo (thus, interrupting the moment). Her brother says, "You can't take a picture of this. It's already gone." I think that's SO poignant - and so true! If I'm concentrating on documenting a moment, so often I'm not actually savoring it & living in it, you know?

    It's definitely a fine line to walk - sharing, experiencing, living in the moment, documenting it via pictures & blogging - but I think with practice & experience, everyone can strike a good balance.

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  43. I don't know how I missed this post, but in some ways I am glad i did bc I needed to read this today.

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