On email, why I disabled comments on this blog, and why I’m blogging again

I’m gonna start sticking stories on this journal here on. I get full width media embeds in WordPress now and they are SO BEAUTIFUL on non mobile screens. I hope some of you read this on a desk- / laptop.

No algorithm = ❤️

No screen size limits = ❤️

My platform, my rules = ❤️

But most of all, people who email me because of blog posts = ❤️❤️❤️

Email has been a lifeline to me in these last couple of years. Yes, even before Covid. I’ve moved around for 21 years now—when I lived in Australia I’d nomaded it around the city every couple of years. I’m an old hand at the logistics of moving a life around. So I thought I had it down pat.

But the last couple of years have been really difficult and filled with loss. I’ve coped, but there have been too many dark days.

And there are dark days still.

And like all of you, the daily uncertainty of a world in a pandemic’s grip doesn’t help anything at all.

In the midst of all this, I’ve had such life giving connections with friends and photographers. As we’re all over the world, technology is the only way it could have happened.

And this is one of the main reasons I disabled comments on the blog. I’m all about the one to one conversations. They are inevitably richer when none of us have to perform for the public eye.

Thank you all for sharing your stories with me, and keeping me sane, engaged and feeling like I’m part of something, however imaginary that something might be.

For surely this is the driving force of humanity – the power of the stories we tell ourselves. The stories that remind us we belong to each other.

All the images in this post were made many years before Covid-19 hit. I never realized how much I’d miss looking at faces until I didn’t get to anymore. The things we don’t know we take for granted!