It’s always interesting to hear what other people think about you.
Most of us go about our lives — doing our work — with the intention of giving our best. Every now and then when you hear how someone else interprets your actions, it can make you pause. It might even make you change.
Your feedback made me pause and change. This episode focuses on what you said, what I heard, and what changes you can expect as a result.
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Offhanded comments that made me go hmmm...
First from Emily
I wasn’t expecting this one.
Emily is an alum of my early photo tours. I think her first one was in 2011. Since then, I’ve watched as she has grown into a phenomenal photographer and photo blogger.
I’m subscribed to the daily posts from Emily Carter Mitchell’s blog, so I try to check them out when I see them in my inbox. To my surprise, this episode was about me.
"He is someone that is continuously reinventing himself, finding creative ways to keep photography learning fresh and accessible to many people. From offering local meetup outings, to regular webinars that anyone can join around the world,” she wrote.
I highlighted the words that made me pause. I hadn’t thought of my work that way, but I can see how I might be seen as reinventing myself. I just think I’m trying new things to keep people engaged. That was a rewarding surprise.
Then from Don
Catching up with my cousin, Don, yielded the defining offhand comment. We were briefly sharing about each other’s work and projects. He asked to see my blog and podcast.
I loved his feedback.
“You know, Lyn. Most people focus on teaching people how to become something. I like that you focus on how to be.”
That stuck with me. I really connected with that viewpoint, so I adopted it as a new focus.
Feedback from the survey
Changes you can expect in 2016
We will focus on the areas you prioritized
- Learning photography principles
- Finding more time to shoot
- Finding mentors & photo buddies.
New posts on Tuesdays
- I want to get back to consistency
- Monday morning not sustainable with my weekend schedule.
- Look forward to new posts by Tuesday.
Episode lengths 30 - 45 minutes
- A few of you cited the length of episodes as an issue.
- I noticed that the people who asked for shorter episodes also identified themselves as visual learners.
- My priority is to cover the issue adequately, so I should be able to do that in 30 - 45 minutes.
- For visual learners, I will include detailed, written posts that cover all the points of the article.
Ads & updates at the end of the episode
- One person asked for the ads and updates at the end.
- All podcasters struggle with this. Where can you place the ads and updates that sponsor the podcast in a way that doesn't detract from the flow.
- For now...I will put the updates at the end. When we bring on advertisers, we will revisit.
Bring back webinars
- For visual learners, I am considering the return of webinars
- The frequency will be determined by the topic areas. I am leaning toward quarterly.
Mentoring Club revamped and returned
- I am bringing back a revamped version of the Photography Mentoring Club.
- It will include a library of video versions of all my popular photo tours. It will include action plans and checklists.
- We will also build a library of video lessons focused on different genres.
- Members only monthly webinars. Lessons on the topics you want to learn.
- Webinars with feedback and critiques on your images.
- Ongoing photo challenges
- Private Facebook group where I prioritize my responses to respond to your questions.