Yesterday my cousin and I stalked around Best Buy for an impulse purchase. I’ve been borrowing my dad’s small digital camera for the past few months mostly because I couldn’t stand to put iPhone photos on OA. Back in April when I first started blogging, I wasn’t ready to commit to spending money to get my own. It didn’t take long for me to realize that not only was I not satisfied with the end quality, but after holding on to it for three months, I knew I should return it sooner than later.
So there I was, staring at a selection of a dinky $150 digital, all the way to a $1,200 DSLR. I had no idea what I was going to get, how much I should spend, and what I should be settling on. I wasn’t even sure I should have been in that store to begin with. I had my eye on the cheapest DSLR available, just a few dollars out of my set price range, but felt guilty just looking at it. I ended up turning to my cousin and uttering,
“I want to get the Canon, but I mean, it’s for my blog. What if it’s just a waste? This is a huge investment, is Ordinary Adventures worth that much?”
I stopped myself instantly, dismayed. How could I even consider spending any money or time on a project I didn’t really believe in? OA is just a blog, but I have enjoyed and loved every step of the process I’ve gone through so far. Beyond that, what undertaking will flourish with a mindset like that? I was ashamed of myself for talking like that, but I still kept my head on straight. I had to be realistic, yet confident. I was ready to invest in my blog.
I pulled an employee over and grilled him on my situation and ideas. I walked out later on the bottom end of the spectrum with a nice digital Nikon, but not overly enthusiastic.
Early this morning, I packed up my Nikon, threw it back in the bag, and walked out the door. Next thing I knew, I was standing in front of the Rebel T5 telling the salesman I’ve made my choice and that I wanted to trade. Since then, I’ve been sitting on my couch giggling and snapping photos of everything. Literally everything. It’s beautiful and I couldn’t be happier. I know it’s a learning curve, and I’m so excited to sit down and experiment and really play with it.
For the past month, I’ve been taking leaps and investing in Ordinary Adventures. My new Canon has definitely been the biggest, most expensive, and probably my favorite, but not the only one. Last week I finally enrolled in A Beautiful Mess’s Blog Life course. In my binder I also have a few other blogging ebooks printed out with great tips and tricks for the trade. I’ve been taking it each lesson in, day by day. It’s a lot to soak in and I’m already a little overwhelmed, but I’m thrilled to have hands on knowledge from some of my biggest inspirations and favorite bloggers.
I also decided to get A Beautiful Mess’s hard copy book with their amazing photos and ideas. It was a steal on Amazon and from what I’ve seen so far, it’s worth every penny. I am so excited to sit down with it and my Canon and just play.
Right now I’m only talking about the money investment I have finally put into OA these past few months. I’m not even going to mention the hours upon hours of time I’ve spent reading all these materials, as well as all my researching, stalking, browsing, and lurking through my abundant online and hard copy resources.
Some how, with all that learning, reading, trying, experimenting, and effort, I can’t help but smile. This is all one big adventure for me, I can’t wait to see how things keep going.