Investing in Ordinary Adventures.

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.

Cheers,
— Brey


42 thoughts on “Investing in Ordinary Adventures.

  1. I am definitely on the same path! Quite unlike you, however, I have used my iPhone pictures in the past… I am so excited about the arrival of my camera that I have been putting off making my scheduled blog posts until then, but I need to be consistent. ( for my sake). … This was confirmation for me.

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  2. I think it’s important for us to remember that our blogs/public writings/online columns are an extension of us. Investing time, money, & our hearts into every entry and the overall aesthetics of our online outlets is definitely something we should do. Kudos to you for taking that step and leaping into the great divine. Enjoy your new toy!

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    1. Awesome! I will say it is an investment in its self though. I would only recommend it to bloggers who want to make their blog very long term and goal oriented and possibly even like a business.
      If that’s you, then definitely look into purchasing it! 🙂

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  3. I can’t wait to see all your lovely photos with your fancy new camera. I got lucky, and was given my camera as a gift about five years ago. Now I feel like it’s such a huge part of everything I do. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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  4. Brey, this entry was moving. A feeling of urgency rushed through me as I thought of an investment I can add to my blog. Looking forward to seeing your photography evolve as you learn the in and outs of your new camera.

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  5. Thanks for your post…I’m at a similar point with a photography business. I started my blog to show my work, ultimately encouraging me to practice. For a long time, I said I just wanted it to be a hobby. No extra pressure of business. Now I’m starting to change my mind… I am constantly debating on the investments, and it’s always exciting to get something new. Looks like you’ve made a good investment choice – now it is time to practice!

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  6. I’ve been blogging for a few months and I have been saving up to buy a half decent camera. I haven’t posted many photo’s recently because I can’t deal with the photo quality of my iphone.

    This is really an inspiring post.

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  7. Thank you for liking “Smile” and “Green and Gold.” At first I was also reluctant to buy a DSLR camera because of the cost and time it would take to learn how to use a new camera, but now I am happy that I finally did! 🙂 The image quality of my new camera is much better than my old one, so I do not have to spend as much time editing photos in Photoshop.

    Good luck with your blogging adventure! 🙂

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  8. You recently liked my very first post on my blog, so I decided to check out yours. Oh my gosh, I am in love! Haha. I love your writing style, and your variety of posts, and it’s so refreshing seeing someone else new to blogging, trying to figure it all out! It is very motivational for me. I look forward to keeping up with your new posts!

    Happy blogging!

    -Cara

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  9. Hi Brey! I’m loving your blog. How did you like the Blog Love course? I’m interested in your take on it as I’m looking into the course for my own blog. I have a huge rebranding coming up and I think the course might be beneficial, but I’d love to hear what you took away from it. Thanks! 🙂

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    1. Hey there Jessica! I haven’t look at your blog, but it really depends on your readership, size, and goals. Blog Love is highly focused on the business side of blogging and almost how to make a career out of it. It was probably even a little bit out of my reach at the moment.
      If your blog is JUST for fun and a hobby, I would not recommend this e-course. It is expensive and a lot to read. If you’re looking to advertise, monetize, create more like viral content, and stuff like that, then this would be helpful.
      While I learned a lot, I book marked most of it so I can go back when I reach certain goals or have questions when I continue to grow.
      I would recommend checking out free courses or series online first. Work up to it kind of.
      Does that make sense?

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