I have a lot of questions about many areas of life. If I was a Krahnpix reader, I would have some serious questions for the character behind the wild photos and odd musings. Here’s what this imaginary interview with myself might look like …
First of all, what’s with all the attempts at humour?
I just have to try!
Laughing has always been something that I value – an irresistible attraction. The reason I got married is because I found someone who laughed at my jokes!
What ranks above getting people to smile at the absurdity of the situations they find themselves in? It’s the ultimate drug with only positive side effects.
Humour is subjective, personal and cultural which makes it challenging but so worth the effort when it connects.
What makes a good post?
My goal is to combine quality photos with interesting stories that feed off each other. A picture may be worth a thousand words but I’m betting that a few words added to a photo make it more interesting. Perhaps only a writer would come to that conclusion.
Why only wildlife or nature photos?
I’m following my passion. It’s hard to describe the absolute thrill of watching wild animals in a natural setting – but I try every week.
Why do you keep posting?
I have thought about quitting occasionally but I keep getting drawn to blogging like Saskatchewan mosquitoes to exposed skin.
When I started blogging on April 1, 2012 I decided I to post twice a week until I ran out of photos and then cut back to once a week. It still hasn’t happened.
I get a great deal of satisfaction when I hear of someone who laughed at one my jokes, identified with one of my stories, enjoyed one of my photos or, on rare occasions, was inspired in some way. That feedback fuels my desire to keep creating and having fun with it. It’s actually a lot of work but I enjoy it.
Do you write for your audience?
After spending many years in corporate communications, I learned the value of identifying and understanding the most important audience and then tailoring the key messages and communication tools for them. I like to stick close to that principle in whatever I do … except this blog. Strange! I blame it on the fact I wasn’t sure I would ever get an audience and now I just keep going. Or, maybe closer to the truth … the blog is a great creative outlet for me!
I have to say that the comments I’ve received and the connections I’ve made through blogging have been far beyond anything I ever expected. I appreciate every person who stops in to checks it out.
How do you decide what to post?
I post what I would want to see and read – the things that would get me coming back. I put the effort into making good photos and writing pithy text to make sure the content is blog worthy – at least by my standards. I have chosen to do it less often to try to maintain quality. Time is precious – I don’t want to waste anyone’s time if they come to visit.
I’m pleasantly surprised when others share my interests. At the same time I’m confused why the whole world isn’t rushing to my blog … but then I remember I sometimes have eclectic tastes and I’m not good at social media marketing. Much to my shock, I have also discovered that not everyone is enamored with wildlife. How confusing is that!!!
Where did you get this wildlife photography obsession?
In a recent post, I officially blamed it on the bears we found at the dump in a national park when I was a kid. Seriously, I have no idea. There is no explaining why I like crunchy peanut butter, the feel of a new camera or a bear crashing through the trees. I just do.
I do know that it’s hard to top the thrill of being alone in some beautiful natural setting, finding wildlife in my lens and capturing a magical split second in time.
Some people tell me there are also thrills to be found in playing golf or fishing – I will never live long enough to understand that!
You seem to mention being alone a lot. What’s with that?
I am an introvert so spending time alone, particularly in nature, is highly invigorating. You can’t change hard wiring!
Where do you get your ideas for posts?
I usually start with some good photos and then try to come up with a story that fits. I’ve also started to think about the blog when I’m out shooting. Sometimes I write up an idea and go hunting for photos but that’s the exception. Often it’s hard to find ideas but then inspiration comes and with it the fun phase of building on it.
Inspiration can be elusive and hard to locate. It’s like chasing enthusiasm – it’s often not where I expect to find it and, if I analyze it, it disappears. Getting into a happy state by listening to music while sitting at the computer usually helps. When I’m on a roll, posts just seem to come and I’ll have a whole bunch ready to go. When it’s been a while since I got some fresh photos, then I may go through a phase of just in time. I’m a planner so I much prefer the former.
Are you obsessed with stats like many other bloggers?
In the beginning I was mesmerized by the idea that my mom and I weren’t the only ones checking out the blog so I carefully watched my stats. Then WordPress featured my blog in a couple of different ways and my stats hit soaring heights (at least for me) before crashing right back down. It happened both times. I got a little tired of the roller coaster so I started focusing on the number of likes. Then I discovered WordPress users could like a post without even opening it. Now I’m much more appreciative of the comments because it provides personal interaction and I know people have put in extra effort to write them. I really enjoy the interaction and spend the time to respond to people.
Of course I still enjoy the likes and all the visits and it’s not like I’ve quit checking my stats page!
How did you find this interview?
After doing hundreds of media interviews where I didn’t know what the questions were going to be, it was so much easier to control both sides of the mic! Why didn’t I think of this sooner?