The Never-Ending Battle: Finding Balance Between Life and Social Media

It is always a battle.  Whitney vs. Social Media, never know who's going to win.  Now, don't get me wrong, having an internet presence is one of the single most important tools in maintaining consistent work for my business.  I am grateful for it!  As you have seen in reading this blog, I want to write and share about all of the experiences.  What it's like to be a photographer.  Behind the scenes from our adventures or photos from the shoots and the seasons transition.  Engagements, weddings, portraits, landscapes, funny, dramatic, romantic...  It's all amazing and I want you to see through my lens what a beautiful world this is!  But every hour I spend shooting is followed with about 3 hours at the computer.  This makes for long days sitting in my dimly-lit "cave" staring at a computer screen.  Hence, never-ending fight to get away from technology and escape to sit on the grass in a beautiful park with the sun shining down and the wind blowing in my face...  

Why am I even telling you that this is difficult?  Well, I've seen a cycle on my blog where I don't post often, then I promise to post more, then I stop posting again, then I promise to post more.  That's my battle - the desire to share with you, my readers vs. the attempt to cut the chord to my phone/computer/social media that keeps such a strong hold on my life.  The freedom that comes from turning technology off for a few hours makes me feel weightless, like I could drift into the sky.  But also, this is life too.  Who's to say that connection online is less significant than connection to the people and things in the same room?  The power to reach out and impact a life, the ability to learn from another person, and to feel like someone else understands are all part of connection.


I won't promise to write every day this time.  That's a promise I'd break when this cycle comes back around.  I will promise, however, to remember that communication through words is valuable, that a blog post can be a real connection, and that simply living in this world at a time when technology is developed enough to share experiences worldwide is something to celebrate.  So, check back soon as I'll be catching up on countless shoots from summer and fall as well as travels - 8 National Parks, and many other places.  Please, feel free to leave comments, let me know what you'd like to see more of, or if you have any questions.  I'd love to hear from you!