I admit it. I wasn’t going to write much today. Then I went to church this morning and my outlook changed just a little. At least as far as this particular blog post is concerned. Thinking about stories This morning the pastor at the church I’ve been attending the last few weeks, talked about the “story… Read More
I recently headed over to Amazon and started looking for a camera. Once I found the camera I was looking for I added it to my cart and went looking for a lens… It didn’t take too long to find a nice little lens… Finally I topped it all off by adding an Eye-Fi memory card to the top of my shopping cart.
As I headed over to check out I started to ask myself if I really needed this camera. It was a really good deal on a pretty decent camera! I don’t necessarily love my current set up and I wouldn’t mind thinking about moving to something else.
I decided to give it some time, leave the whole thing in my amazon shopping cart and come back a little while later.
My name is Eldon Yoder and I struggle with G.A.S [Gear Acquisition Syndrome]. It has been 24 days 7 hours and 2 minutes since I acquired any new camera gear.
I had a hard time deciding what to write about today. I started several times, on several subjects before this came.
I’ve decided to discuss exactly “what I do.” Partially for your benefit, but mostly for my own.
It has become harder to know what to tell people when they ask silly questions. Mostly these questions come in a form like this, “What kind of work do you do Eldon?”
Hopefully I can clarify this for you all – and for me too.
I Am A Blogger
Let’s begin with what you are reading right now. I blog.
I’ve been blogging off and on since 2006 or 2007. The first years were really bad. The content I was releasing wasn’t very good. The platforms I used [Blogger and Xanga] were fairly simplistic as well. I did learn a number of things from those early years.
Nike has been working on the Just Do It campaign for quite a while. The premise is pretty simple… when you need [or want] to do something – Just Do It. Apparently wearing a pair of Nike shoes helps.
I was thinking about the projects I’m involved with right now.
I noticed an interesting bit of truth emerging.
Often times we keep talking about how someday we are going to do such and such a thing.
But here is the deal: someday doesn’t exist.
What is Keeping You from Starting?
I recently commented on a blog post wishing someone a great 2014. His response included a question, “are you doing anything new or interesting in 2014?” In my reply I mentioned that I was thinking about starting a blog to help creatives [photographers, designers, etc] get their work online using WordPress.
He replied back and said… “well it can’t hurt to try.”
I had an epiphany of sorts.
My question to me, “why not start and see what happens?”
It’s A New Year! [In Case You Hadn’t Noticed]
New Year’s resolutions. If I understand correctly statistics prove that they are not very well kept. Lots of gyms know this very well, they can offer a great deal on gym memberships at the first of the year, because so few people stick with it.
So what is the point of making a list of things that I would like to see happen or work to accomplish in 2014?
Well… When I actually make a list of things, whether I focus explicitly on that list afterwards or not – I tend to move towards accomplishing those goals in a subconscious manner. Those ideas and goals are always in the back of my mind.
I’d encourage any of you to do write some things down you are hoping to accomplish in the coming year. If nothing else it is interesting to look back at the end of one year and see how you did in the “goal accomplishing” business.
Things can majorly change in a year’s time. [I know for a fact 2013 ended a lot differently than I thought it would when I started 2013.]
I’m not going to hold this list up as “must do or I’ll die” goals. Things change. Having goals is important, but so is being willing to shift your goals if need be.
These are in no particular order. I tried to make some order of them, but nothing felt quite right…
Cue the laser lights and get the backing track ready… because here comes 2014’s goals and ideas.
It Is Time [Time To Review]
So… 2013 is winding down. I’ve seen literally about 20 blog posts about how people feel they did in 2013. [Most of them include what people are focusing on in 2014 too. Not me. Yet.]
I thought I would look back at 2013 and do a bit of a recap of “the year that was.”
The Turn from My Plan
2013 will probably go down in my mind as the year that my life took a turn away from what I was expecting, towards wherever I am going right now.
Truth is, I don’t think the jury has come back with a verdict yet as to the wisdom of my decision to quit pursuing a degree in Computer Science. The idea being to carve out a niche for myself in the crazy world of the internet. Not only online, but also in “real life” as I pursue starting my own local small business.