Flickr vs Instagram vs Wordpress.

Flickr’s galleries have long been one of the tools available to our community for visual storytelling, though they have gotten dusty over time as the rest of the site progresses. So today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve begun to roll out a fresh Flickr galleries experience, where we help you tell your visual stories…

via All new Flickr galleries — Flickr Blog

Flickr just announced some long overdue updates to their Galleries page. It’s good to see continued investment in the Flickr platform. It also comes at a time when I am working to reduce the number of creative sharing platforms I use, so it’s useful to consider whether Flickr will continue to fill a space for me.

I still find Flickr my place to share the intentional photos, the “work”, that I want to create. It’s not perfect. The 1300 photos in my Flickr stream need to be curated into a more consistent body of work that’s more tightly focused on the subjects I find most interesting. Its likely there is less than 1/3 worth keeping. but that’s a rainy weekend project for the future.

I use Instagram too. There you’ll find snapshots of pets, concerts and friends cropped to 1×1 and filtered just so. I know many photographers have found a home there but something about the smaller, mobile experience doesn’t feel right to me. I’m not sure I could present a work or a cohesive collection there. My Instagram also needs the cobwebs of bad photos deleted away, a task that IG’s tools make difficult.

Ideally I’m going to create a new portfolio site here on WordPress to be my “best of” portfolio site. Pushing myself to edit from 100 shots to 10 good photos and then down to 1 great (to me) photo won’t be easy. Still it is where I need to go to become a better photographer.

Instagram would be for quick work in progress or shares in the moment. Flickr becomes a place to share a larger collection of good solid work. My WordPress portfolio will, someday soon, be where I can show the things I really feel good about.

It’s About Time

In 2016 I published just one blog post to my blog.

One. Single. Post.

It’s hard to call that even a post as in January 2016 I was happily reblogging a infographic on connected car hacking. Not much “personal” on this personal site. If you include my very limited series of stories on Medium.com, it’s been even longer (2015) since any kind of public writing has been a priority.

I certainly justified my lack of output with a combination of general dissatisfaction with my previous work, unhappiness with the look and feel but mostly just a complete lack of priority in the process. I’d spend a busy Saturday spending way too much time in research on whether I should move from WordPress.com to a self-hosted site, only to waste more time debating with myself whether to abandon it all for Medium.

Since becoming CEO of ReachNow in spring 2016, I’ve been pretty unable to focus on anything else besides growing our team. Like many startup CEOs everything else outside the team, including my writing, golf, lifting weights, running and photography, was put aside. That’s not healthy in the long term. It doesn’t make you a better CEO when you put so much focus on your work that you lose sight of everything else. It’s certainly not setting a good example as a leader.

Thus my goal in restarting this blog is to be a better CEO. By taking the time to really think through ideas, to learn from I’ve been through and to understand how best to share it, then I hope my performance as CEO will improve too. By not abandoning my other interests I can keep my creativity and energy high to accomplish all the big goals we have for 2017.

In the spirit of a fresh start I’ve updated the look and feel and even dropped in a new TLD domain name, stevebanfield.blog. I’d like to think it’s a better domain than the .net I was using before but that might just be the influence of my old team at Name.com. At the same time I’ve also used IFTTT (great tool!) to connect WordPress.com where my blog is hosted to Medium. I’ll cross post to both and see what happens. Finally while I didn’t publish anything last year I kept more than enough notes and posts to keep me busy.

I promise a lot more than a single post in 2017.