I’ve been a big fan of the photoblogs that Ree (Pioneer Woman), Kathleen Connally (A Walk Through Durham Township), Amanda Pair and the Boston Globe have been running for a long time now. Other friends like Bernie at Medraw and Erin’s Photo 365 project have been trying to do a photo (or sketch) every day and posting it online. And I’ve been fascinated with mobile apps like Instagram that let you take, edit and share photos in a very easy and intuitive way.
I’m not a photographer, or an artist, but I’m fascinated by the idea of documenting a year in snapshots, notes, links, etc in short form. Being that I just turned 30 last week I’ve decided to give it a go in my own way.
So I’ve decided to start a stream of posts on this blog called Small Things. The idea behind it is to share one post per day, whether that is a photo I’ve taken or found, a quote, something that makes me think, inspires me, moves me, or that just makes me stop for a moment to appreciate. It’s not really a photoblog, or a super personal blog, but rather a way for me to collect things that matter to me and that I think are worth sharing over this 30th year.
In a lot of ways, great music is defined not by the notes themselves but by the spaces between them. I think the same is true for great art, books or even films because the act of filling in those spaces in your own way creates meaning. I also think that we sometimes tend to look at the things that shape us through too large of a lens sometimes. World affairs, careers, relationships, money, etc. We sometimes miss or fail to appreciate the small things that make up those larger pictures – conversations, cups of tea, weather, smells, sounds, movement. So I guess this is my attempt to drill down and find a snapshot each day- something small that shaped my thinking in the past 24 hours, and share that with you.
This project won’t be posted in the regular old blog feed – so for those of you that subscribe (thank you), you won’t be getting a deluge of posts. But I have started a separate RSS feed for Small Things and if you enjoy it I hope that you’ll consider subscribing to that as well. Or just drop by and leave a comment. Let me know what matters to you and how you are filling in the gaps.