Cover Debut

Tomorrow will be the three-year anniversary for  Emily’s Photography Blog.  In the beginning, I wasn’t expecting anything great would come from blogging. I started the blog because I was unemployed and the daily blogging kept my mind busy.  However it didn’t take long for my expectation to change — especially after my tumor operation a couple of years ago. I realized that photo blogging did more than just keeping my mind occupied. The blog taught me about determination, friendship, selfless sharing, support and learning about life around the world through pictures. Most importantly, it made me appreciate and perfect my skills so that I can become the professional photographer that I am today. So my fellow bloggers. Just keep taking pictures, blog about it and enjoy the journey… because you never know who might be looking and want to pay you for your hard work.

In the three years of blogging, I have received many requests to use my photos. I have granted all but one request for free. Normally, I’m okay without getting pay and would settle for a credit and link back to my blog. However, the one that I have turned down was actually someone who works in a famous hotel in New York City. The person was interested in using my photos for the walls in the restaurant. At first I was very tempted in letting them use it for free. After all, the hotel is famous. But then I thought, if I do that then I would only depreciate my own skills and the value of my work. It’s not as if they couldn’t afford the small payment I was asking. I wasn’t going to let my work be used by people who could afford to pay regardless of how much potential exposure I might get. I’ve learned long ago that I would rather get paid and get the exposure at the same time. If they want my work, they should pay for it. I’m sure they wouldn’t let me stay at the hotel for free.

Anyway, a month ago, I received a request to use my photos from the creative director of 1859 Oregon’s Magazine.  And on top of that, my photo debut made the cover of the magazine. When I received the check a month later, it was an amazing feeling to be compensated fairly for my hard work. I’m so glad I stay true to my values.  Thank you everyone for your support and wonderful comments. Your uplifting and kind words have helped me through these dark periods of my life in more ways then you’ll ever know…   🙂

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Hope Springs

Hello everyone! Thank you for all your good wishes and comments. I’m sorry for the lack of response. Since the closing of my restaurant, I’ve been on the move for a new life and all my stuff are packed away in storage, including my computer. Hopefully, I’ll have some good news to share in my next post.

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
— Andy Dufresne (quote from Shawshank Redemption movie)

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Blogging Commitment

After more than two weeks of constant rain, I was desperate to go somewhere. I’ve heard about the annual eagle migration at Rockport, WA this weekend and thought it would be a great opportunity to get some photos of this magnificent bird for my blog. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. Just as we were leaving town, the car developed some engine problem. To make the long story short… I was stuck at home all weekend and found myself uninspired today. Guess the thought of what the repair cost for the car might be, weighted heavily on my mind. From experience, going to the mechanics is like going to the doctors — every little thing cost so much — and I was right. The problem turned out to be the air sensor valve. I was told this tiny valve was going to cost $395.00 just for the part. As if to make the price more justifiable, the mechanic went into a long explanation about the purpose of the valve and all the intricate wires inside. Basically, it’s important for regulating the airflow to the engine. Okay… I can see its importance, though I still think it’s way over priced —  just like the over inflated medical costs.

After I got home from the garage, I didn’t feel like posting anything and decided to skip today. However, I reminded myself the commitment I made to post 5 times a week — I can skip only when I have good valid reasons — and being upset about my car is not good enough reason. As I looked through my archives of photos to use with the story, for some unknown reason; these shots made me feel better. Somehow, seeing the photos made me let go of the frustrations I had about the car expense. These photos were taken last July at the golf course pond near my home.

2010 In Review

Happy New Year Everyone! It looks like 2011 is starting out great and my new leaf is blooming sooner than I had anticipated. A couple of months ago, I’ve decided to pursue my passion. Well… I’ve been offered a job today doing what I am passionate about — COOKING.  And I get to move back to the town I love!

 Many of you who have followed my blog, know that I have started a new food blog — Foodie With Camera. The food director and administrator were very impressed by my blog. It was able to convey to them my creativity and cooking abilities. I got an interview — and now the job. I have WordPress and my readers to thank for. WordPress provided me with a great opportunity to channel my frustrations and energy into a blog that show off my talents — and my fellow bloggers… I can’t tell you how much your comments and support gave me the motivation to keep blogging when I felt like giving up. I especially would like to give a big Thank You to Sasi of My Third Eye Photography Blog. Your last 6 months of daily comment on my posts is an amazing gift of encouragement. 😀

At first, I started the blog as a way of feeling productive with my time during the unemployment. Although, there were many times when I would question if doing the blog were worth the investment and if anything good would come of it. However, I  realized that people seem impressed that I have a blog. So, I started to refer potential employers to it. While the blog didn’t directly get me a job, however, it has been a good resume booster. I’m sure many of you can relate to the unemployment situation — it’s a jungle out there. I’ve sent out countless resumes out into the cyber abyss, drove hundreds of miles for interviews — all without success because so many people competing for one job. I applied for one job where they received 275 applications! And I was one of the chosen 12 picked for interview. Although I did not get the job, it was the integrity of the blog that made potential employers look at my resume. So… for those of you who are in the same boat and wonder if anything good would come from blogging — YES! Keep blogging. As I have learned, the integrity of your blog speaks volume of who you are and how you work. Use it to your best advantage and show off yourself!

Below is the 2010 stat summary I’ve received from WordPress. I am very happy and proud of my stat achievement. But most of all, I am even more impressed by the kind of service WordPress provides and all for FREE!! All I can say is… WOW! Thank You…

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads WOW.

Crunchy numbers

 
A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 124 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 639 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 73mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.