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It’s the start of a new year of this whole “daily photo” thing, and I have to be honest with you about something. I was very close to letting this previous year be the last one. I’ll tell you why.

Colten by David Bickley Photography

See, I’ve been doing this for a long time now. Like, four years long and entering the fifth. I absolutely love the feedback I get, and the inspiration that I hear it provides for some. The issue is pretty simple. I have never been the guy that always had a ton to talk about, and after 4 years of writing something every day I just don’t know what else to talk about. Which has unfortunately very slowly turned the idea I originally had, into a glorified journal.

I’m not really ok with that. Which isn’t to say that I have a problem sharing who I am, but more that I don’t really think I’m giving you what you deserve.

This brings us to the question I’ve been struggling with for months now. Does it die, or does it change?

Obviously I didn’t opt to kill it just yet. Instead I intend to keep posting images every day, however I think a better way of doing things is to write when I have something more that I can give you. If the goal was to not only keep myself accountable to this blog, but also to provide some sort of benefit to you…then I think I have only been about 60% successful lately. Couple that with the persistent issue of integrating and streamlining commenting and we’re left with a situation where I don’t even see when you ask questions, or say anything.

So at least with that last point I’ve finally gotten Disqus working on here. You may have noticed that the Facebook plugin is gone. It was worthless. So now when you have something to say, not only will I see it immediately on my phone, but I’ll actually be able to reply as well. The down side is that I think in the process every comment that was on here got deleted. I still can’t get conversations that happen on Facebook to integrate over to here. Truth be told, it is beyond me and I don’t plan to keep trying from this point forward.

As for the rest, well I haven’t exactly landed on a solid solution yet. What I can say is that my goal is to give you meaningful content, and I’m trying to figure out what that is in this situation. This may mean there are days where I just post a photo and don’t say anything. However, if that means that when I do write it is more worthy of your time…well then I think that’s a good enough reason.

So that is where my head is at on day one, of the fifth year of this.

See you tomorrow,

D