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Changes!

Tons of changes happening around here! I've been missing from my website for a little while as life, the day job, and so many other things got my focus instead. Life has been crazy enough that I haven't even been able to dedicate my time to photography either (of course I have been painting though). Hopefully, things are settling down a little now and I can keep this going!

My new website! 

My new website! 

Here's a list of what's been going on website-wise.

  1. I am doing a complete overhaul of the design of my website! I'm pretty excited about this one. It just seems so pretty to me (hopefully you like it too!). This includes the colors, design, and layout. Hopefully, I'm done with the major changes, but if things still move around a little bit, please, be patient with me!
  2. I'm starting to add some of my paintings as a preview of what will be available soon. This will be getting fleshed out a lot more as I get the time. I originally thought about having a separate website for my painting but I just don't have the time to maintain two websites. So hopefully, you won't mind seeing both here. 
  3. My blog has moved from blog.bethwold.com to www.bethwold.com/blog I've been using Blogger forever but I'm so in love with my new website that I want my blog to match. 
  4. My photographs are now available to buy directly from my website! No more having to go to a third party to buy my photographs. 

That's the list so far. Hard to believe this much effort and time can be reduced to 4 bullet points!  Let me know what you think in the comments. Yea or Nay? 

Plans for 2015

So it's almost two full months in 2015, and it's about time I start working towards my goals for the year. Last year was a rough one for me with things going on in my personal life. I didn't get my goals accomplished. I suffered from a dis-interest in photography for much of the year, and even thought about giving it up. It was still my best year yet in photography sales, but I didn't do much photography. Two very short trips, to Ely, MN, and the North Shore of Lake Superior were all.

Fog on Lake Superior

Since I was actually thinking of giving up photography, I spent some time thinking about what was important to me. Sometimes, especially if we sell our art, the pressure can start to be a bit much. You feel like you always have to be at a certain level, and if you aren't at that level - self-doubt can kick in. Especially, if you are already having a tough time.

To make things easier on myself, I decided to scale back some. This year I want to focus on writing some. Here at my blog, and hopefully, I'll be writing some guest articles. I've got one in the works, and will let you all know when it's published. I'm also looking for other opportunities if you know of them!

I'm also planning to finally finish some of the photography e-books I've been working on. I've been asked before to teach photography, and in my quest to make things easier on myself I will be doing that through books rather then workshops or classes at this point.

My biggest goal of 2015 will be to bring back fun to my photography. With the pressure of selling my work, and wanting to create something meaningful, sometimes I forget to have fun with it. A little secret - I tend to be weirdly competitive and have high expectations of myself - which sometime takes the fun out of things. So in that effort I got a lensbaby camera for Christmas that is a lot of fun to use, and hoping that when the weather warms up a bit, I'll be out using it.

I do have travel plans this year, and am extremely excited about them. Of course, the photographs will make it here to the blog.

So here's hoping for a great 2015! Do you have plans this year?  Improving, or simplifying? Or both?