A couple of months ago I was introduced to the delights of Blipfoto. For those who don't know it's a website & app on which you can keep a daily journal including one photo per day (unless you subscribe then you can add some extra images).
I initially found it really amazing – and addictive! The idea of taking a photo a day to share on the online journal really did help me to become more aware of my surroundings! I was exploring my local area at work during lunch times. I noticed little things – like a leaf on the train station steps that had a pretty pattern, tiny caterpillars on some plants in the garden, statues I'd never noticed before (in areas of Manchester I've frequently been to).
It helped me to become more mindful of my surroundings, aided me in connecting more with my mindfulness practice. I also felt my love of photography returning as I fished out my macro lens attachment for my phone and started experimenting with that!
There is also such a lovely little community on there – some really friendly blippers who follow your journey (and whose you can follow too). It feels like a much healthier form of social media than the much more demanding Facebook or Twitter, especially as you can only have one entry a day. It's a calmer, more serene atmosphere. Not as hectic at all.
In the last couple of weeks, unfortunately I have been struggling more with my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so I've not been able to contribute as much. It's a shame as I'd got over 50 blips (days) in a row!
But I need to make sure I look after myself and - for me - it seemed to get more time-intensive over the weeks. I found that as I created connections with other blippers, commenting on posts/ replying to comments means using the app became a little more time-consuming (and for me energy-consuming!). I am missing it though – so I think I'll be back on there more regularly when I'm feeling I've got more energy in reserves!
Maybe I just need to limit my time per day (and not feel guilty when I don't respond to people quickly!)
I'm so thankful for the connection back to my photography. And I have found that in the couple of months I've been on there I'm getting less fussy about which photographs I share with others. Perfection isn't necessary!
I've added a few of my favourite shots on here but for anyone who is interested in seeing them all with the journal entries here is my Blipfoto account: https://www.blipfoto.com/AMK81
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