Monday, January 30, 2012

A New Day



An exciting new day has dawned for those of us here at Focusing on Life, a day that Claudia, Terri and I have been scheming and dreaming about, planning and hoping for since last September when the three of us got this notion to start a collaborative blog. As photographers, we knew our visual medium would be photography but we didn’t want to be just another collaborative photography blog; there were plenty of other very good ones already.

As we schemed and dreamed, we knew that we wanted to create a place where everyone in any artistic discipline and any ability level would be welcomed, accepted, nurtured, encouraged; a community of sharing. Were it not for the encouragement of others, we wouldn’t be here today to begin this journey with you.

We have put together a great team and you’ll be learning more about each of us over the next weeks and in the sidebars on our site. I’ll get this journey started by telling you just briefly about my photography adventure.

When I got my first dSLR a couple of years ago, I began to search online for information and inspiration. The internet is a wonderful resource for learning photography and I’m convinced it is responsible for the explosion of photography as a hobby. It has led me on an amazing journey, allowing me to grow as a photographer and as a person.

This quest for knowledge led me to various websites and classes which in turn led to a photography prompt forum called Prompt Addicts. There I met some amazing women who, over time, have become my photography friends. With these friendships came the idea for Focusing on Life.

I’m here today to invite you to share this new journey with us. We would like you to visit us daily and comment on the posts when you feel moved to do so, to share your photos and your thoughts with us. We will be publishing five days a week and our ten bloggers will rotate turns over a two week period. We plan to muse on topics that we hope will be interesting and inspirational to you as you pursue your own creative journey.

Please stop by the comment section below to say “hello”. We’re glad you’re here and we’d love to hear from you.


32 comments:

Linda said...

What a nice start to this adventure! Lots of talent and creativity here! Can't wait to see more!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Dottie,
A lovely post to begin a new day in the life of Focusing on Life. I love your photograph and it says it perfectly. I am looking forward to a wonderful adventure.
Karen

stephmull said...

Beautiful photo.....a perfect way to kick off this wonderful collaboration! I'm so excited to watch everything unfold!

janel said...

Congratulations! It will be a regular stop for me..I already bookmarked it. Beautiful. Looking forward to your new adventure. A talented group of ladies.

anngeedee said...

Hooray for all of you!! I look forward to seeing what you come up with here.

Cathy H. said...

I'm bursting with happiness this morning and doing the happy dance! What a wonderful email I've opened!! And, what a wonderful site you've begun!! The photo and the post this morning are both beautiful! I can't wait to see more from you girls, I admire each of you so much!!

Valery McMann said...

Dotti, thanks for sharing this with me! What an exciting and fun project! I look forward to following this blog.

Valery

Leigh said...

Beautiful photo and words Dotti! So excited to be on this adventure with you all!

terriporter said...

I have been bursting at the seams waiting for this day and now it's here! Lovely first post, Dotti! Your photo is the perfect accompaniment to your words. This is going to be so much fun!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

*bigol smile*. Well it does work and I couldn't be happier. Perfect photo to start us out Dotti.

AFishGirl said...

Grinning from ear to ear, congratulations all! Looking so forward to stopping here on a daily bais.

Deanna said...

A beautiful post for this new beginning of ours. Thank you for inviting me to become a part of this wonderful journey!!

michmacl said...

This is SOOOO exciting! Yeah for you all! What a great way this will be to start each day! You are all truly amazing and inspiring photographers!

Carol Labuski said...

I am now a follower of your awesomely cool blog! What a great adventure for you! I look forward to your postings! Best of luck!

almadr said...

what a wonderful idea GIRLS! can't wait to see more of your inspirational photos! I'll stop by often for sure ;-)

heyjudephotography said...

You've got a great group here, which will undoubtedly create a beautiful blog. I look forward to visiting it often. Good luck! Judy

caro's view said...

Hi Dotti,

Seeing that beautiful sunrise come up this morning was a perfect dawning of our new web presence! Thanks for just running out of the gate! This will be fun!

kaphelps said...

Beautiful idea~ one stop to see so much inspiration from several ladies I have followed on PI and Flicker group! Best of luck and keep in coming :)

mikes1mom said...

Congratulations to all of you!
I will look forward to reading your blog and keeping up with all your creativity!

Joddo said...

Awesome! I will definitely being stopping by daily. Love you photo Dotti. Can't wait to watch this unfold.

Barbara said...

Congratulations to you all and all of your hard work!

Lindsey Garrett said...

congrats on the new endeavor seems like a very natural progression of your dedication to the prompt!! I will make sure to stop in and say hello from time to time!

parsoncarson said...

Hi Dottie,
So excited to see your beautiful picture and read about how "Focusing on Life" came about. Wishing all of you well!!
Sharon

Anonymous said...

Hello! I look forward to checking in daily. I love good blogs and I love them even more when they are updated regularly.
Tracy
aka TracyBzz

Beth Earle said...

Hi Dorothy,
Sharon sent me an email with a link to your new blog. It's beautiful! I subscribed & will look forward to your emails brightening my day. I'll share your blog with others as well. Beth Earle

Jeanine and Emily said...

I'm so excited for all of you! Heck I'm excited for me - to have such an amazing blog to find my way to regularly...you are some of my very favourite people. What a great idea...wishing you all the very best. Putting this in my favourites right now.

Maria said...

I'm so glad to have another place to come to for inspiration! Congratulations to all of you! You are all very talented and look forward to being inspired by you.

Valerie said...

Oh this makes me so excited!! Yay!! Love you ladies. Keep it up!

justine said...

congratulations, this all looks lovely, will enjoy reading your posts

Linda in Devon UK said...

Well done! What a beautiful blog! So glad Sharon sent me the link - just maybe I shall be inspired to take up my paintbrush again (long overdue!) and get cracking! Looking forward to reading more goodies. thank you. Linda x

Holly {Soupatraveler} said...

Hi Dotti! Congrats on the new blog! I can't wait to hear what you all have to say!

susan said...

so excited to be a part of this group with such talented women! beautiful photo and post to begin this adventure!

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