It's currently 1:26PM (ET) and the Indiana Pacers just called a timeout in the 2nd quarter after Patrick Patterson hit a 3 to stretch the Toronto Raptor's lead to 8. As soon as the commercials hit I told thought to myself, Keenan, it's time to get to work. I got up went to my desk and realized that I wanted to watch the game. That it was okay to watch the game...
Sometime late last year I saw the potential of this blog, I remember setting this super unrealistic goal that would result in me hitting 10K page views to end the year. A part of me believed it was a possible, but a better part of me knew that this goal was only instilled to keep me motivated to the years end. In the months of November and December, I was able to amass over 40,000 views to take myself room 60K to 100K, this was an amazing feat for me, seeing as though it took me 10 months to gain the 60K. I realized that if I put in this level of effort every month I'd be able to crush my previous years number in 2016.
It's 4 months into the year and I've spent a great deal stressing about the views. Time and time again I told myself, my audience, that views don't matter... Yet here I am, upset that my average is no better than last years. Month to month, I think I'm up on the numbers, but I'm nowhere near where I wanted to be.
I told myself I was going to do so much this year, that I was going to expand my brand, do YouTube, Periscope, create a project, and collaborate with other photographers and brands. I have yet to do nothing and that's frustrating for me. Becuase of the lack of success... Well, let me reword that, the lack of growth, I've been staying up countless nights trying to figure out a plan. The result of that? Well, I've spent more time planning than actually executing the plan.
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Enjoy Life... Take A Day Off
Today I decided to actually detour from the plan. When was the last time I posted an actual journal entry? To catch up with everyone or to give you some insight on my life or situation? When was the last time I took a day off, relaxed, watched sports and gave my brain a break? We need time off, we need to have fun, not every day, but a few times a year. It helps you function better, it's like life's reset button. Today is a good day to just go out and shoot, no follow-up blog post in mind, but just to shoot, shooting something out of the norm, flowers or maybe visit the conservatory. Today is a good day to relax with my family, not constantly check my Squarespace analytics or constantly refresh my Twitter timeline. Today is a good day for sports... It's the NBA PLAYOFFS! I know it's not the Superbowl, but this is my sport, I've waited all year for this.
Before I go I just want to say that I'm loving my Sony system so far, I miss the Fujifilm family, and the new visitors it brought to my blog, but man is this camera great. I have some issues at times with the Sigma 19, it just stops focusing randomly during long sessions, but for the most part it's a fantastic lens. I've also wrapped up my shooting for the Helios 44-6, so I'll have that first impression coming you soon. Today, I'm thinking of heading to Best Buy and grabbing consumer lens, debating between the Sony 20 (would love to do a 19 vs 20 comparisons), Sony 35 or Sony 50... I'm not sure yet, if possible login to Disqus and leave your thoughts in the comments... What would you all want to see? Street, portrait, or a combination of them both.