Some of the stuff I’ve been writing about on my blog has felt a little bit heavy recently, so I thought I’d just take a moment and share something I’ve been meaning to for a while:
When I first started blogging back in 2012, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, or if anyone would want to read anything I wrote.
One of the things that really helped me was to search through Flickr and find Creative Commons-licensed photos to use. (If you aren’t familiar with Creative Commons, it is a way for people to make their artistic work available for others to use under certain permissions).
Somehow, when I was writing my first fledgling posts, it would give me a little dose of courage to find that someone had just happened to make the perfect photo available to go with what I was trying to say.
These days, I take more of my own photos. I find that nature, especially, inspires me to write so I’ve gotten in the habit of snapping shots of wherever I am that makes me want to write. But there are definitely still times where I don’t personally have any photos that would be useful for a specific post, so I still sometimes go on Flickr to find the perfect image.
So, as a way of paying it forward, I’ve put many of my own photos up on Flickr under a Creative Commons license as well.
I definitely can’t claim to be the world’s most amazing photographer, but I do have a lot of photos that I put thought into, and that mean something to me.
So, if you see anything on there that is helpful for you, or might go well with something you are working on, you are welcome to use it (as long as it’s one of the ones I’ve posted with permission! There are a select few that are too personal, like of friends’ pets and such. So please check).
I hope some of these photos might be useful to you (or, at the very least, I’ve now given you a new idea about how to look for photos on Flickr!).