It is hard being part of a community when you feel like you don’t belong.
In March of 2018, I wrote a blog post about how I felt left out of the blogosphere and how I wasn’t really sure where I fitted in because I’m not a well known blogger but despite being around for six and a half years, I’m only just feeling closer to the community once more.
How? I became a photographer for bloggers.
I have wanted to step up my photography game for quite some time and having a few blogging friends within Liverpool, it’s a chance to practice as everyone needs to have fresh content on a monthly basis and so, I decided to reach out to a handle of them.
It isn’t just about taking photos though and at first, I thought it was.
But as my diary has filled up, I’m meeting bloggers who I’ve followed for a number of years but never reached out to.
Granted, we do take photos and the shoot is always the priority but in between shots and walking to locations, it has given me the chance to get to know someone – who they really are and learn more about the person behind the blog. I don’t always want to know about their blog, I want to know what makes them tick, what they’re passionate about and what kind of person they are.
Over the past two years, I have contacted hundreds of bloggers trying to connect with them (lots of them ignoring messages) and I felt left out of the community despite all of the effort that I was putting in.
I came to the realisation that I was making an effort with the wrong people.
I wasn’t building a relationship with them because they didn’t want it and in actual fact, being ignored has done me the world of good as I’ve now found some truly wonderful blogging friends who have allowed me to appreciate the community even more.
Even though I need to be in front of the camera from time to time in order to create my own content, I do seriously enjoy being the one to take the photo, to earn a little bit of pocket money and to get to know the person in the lens.
**All images were taken and edited by me.