Comparison is an occupational hazard for anyone in the business of creating things - and photographers and writers seem to be especially vulnerable. I'm as guilty as anyone of comparing my own work to that of others. Sometimes their work is inspiring and makes me want to try harder. But sometimes it just makes me ask "Why can't I take a photo or write a paragraph like that?" I've thought about starting a photography blog off and on for several years, but each time I come to the conclusion that someone somewhere is doing it much better than I could ever hope ... and so my thoughts and feelings never make it to the page.
I know that's the wrong way to think. It’s impossible for anyone other than the person at the potter's wheel to create the same pot. It would even be hard for the same person to recreate it later - we all change as we age and learn and grow.
A few months ago I attended the inaugural Saltwater Retreat for photographers. I met several wonderful women for the first time including Jenny, the leader of the retreat - a woman wise beyond her years. I also met Donna, the owner of a wonderful blog, “Coming to My Senses.” Donna doesn't open her blog to comments, doesn't let anyone "like" her posts, doesn't have tens of thousands of followers. She won’t sell anything and she certainly isn't looking to make a ton money from advertisers. She, like me, is a woman of that certain age who suddenly recognizes that if you don't change your habits and start doing rather than thinking you’ll never achieve what you want.
So here I am. Thanks, Donna, for the blog inspiration - I hope at some point I'll be able to pass it along.