So, I joined a photography challenge group on flickr a few days ago (the Scavengers of September). Basically, there's a list of 30 things, and every day you post a photo of the challenge for that day. But the thing with this group is that there's no rules. And I like that. Because while I've been able to meet the challenge the past 3 days, I know there's going to be days when I'm not gonna make it. And I'm okay with that. But damn, I really want to try.
It's making me realize I needed something like this months ago. Something to push me a little to carry the camera with me and think about taking photos more. I just haven't been feeling it these past few months, but I feel like I'm getting my groove back (of course, the purchase of a new camera and lens have helped).
The other thing I'm realizing? Well, it's not a huge lightbulb moment, but it's reminded me that I'm pretty crap at leaving comments. Not just on flickr but everywhere that allows a comment. I tend to only comment on my friend's photos/blog posts/etc. But strangers or people I don't know very well? I hesitate. EVERY TIME. And I don't know why. They'll take it the wrong way? I'm not really contributing to the conversation? Not funny enough? Probably a combination of all of those. Oh, and that I'll make horrendous typos and not realize it later until the comment is forever embedded in the interwebs. Ugh.
I don't like that I'm like that. Afraid to leave a comment. I feel bad, because I like getting comments. I'm sure most people do. I feel like I'm missing out on the community part of this whole thing, because of a stupid fear.
If any of you fearless commenters have tips for overcoming this sort of thing, uh, leave a comment? Please? I'd appreciate it ever so much.
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