I was going to respond to the discussion that started after Ginger posted the spotlights. But by starting a new post, I thought it would include everyone better.
The discussion is, "Have we become more of a photo blog and lost our roots?'
Ginger said, "I have been with this group nearly from conception, going through many changes in members and through the changes in the actual purpose of the group. We say it is about our towns but we have shifted our center. Where we once had snapshots of our towns and their people, home photos if you will, we have shifted to photography being our purpose; that one great shot taken in our towns but not really about our towns."
Pauline said "By the way, I agree with your observations about changes to the purpose of this blog. I've been delighted to have received such great photography advise which I feel has helped me better depict where I come from. But I now feel it is more of a photography blog and I doubt my credentials to be part of the group. I'm hanging in there though! :)"
Ginger said, "I also struggle with the Photography focus. but I hate to give up. I have learned a lot through the tutorials and all, but really just want to take snap shots. anyway is a great group of participants."
I did a little research to see where we have been...
We have had all of these things in the first year: Photo Tutorials, Spotlight Photos, Weekly Themes and also had Whose Town is It?, In the Limelight (Click Here for Pauline's), Member's Voice. Things have dropped and some resumed based on volunteers willing to take on the job.
There seems to have always been a photography focus, even in the Limelight interviews. So I am not sure why it feels like we have changed.
My response: I have always liked this blog because it was about our towns, sharing and learning about other places is what attracted me. I would certainly not want someone to quit participating because they didn't feel their photos measured up! However, it does become difficult to come up with ideas for themes that always relate to the town. I also like the group of people in the blog. We don't link and run like so many other link ups, there is true sharing here.
In addition, there are a million photo blogs out there already, we certainly don't need to be another one.
I had this idea a week or two ago...Should we drop the weekly theme and just have sharing something about your town however you like each week? We might get more participants because it is sometimes hard to shoot the theme each week.
Share your thoughts, ideas, feelings below...Time to change things up? Are we too photo emphasized for you? (Please say how.) Should we drop the weekly themes?
PS. If you suggest adding something new, I will ask you to head it up! :)