Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Nomadic Lifestyle - Is It Worth It?

Last night I went to bed thinking I would spend today looking for a van or rv. I woke up this morning thinking I should consider more alternatives. Like, how about a good everyday vehicle with a hitch on it. That may turn out to be a van, but most rv's are too bulky to go where I want to go. And, since I don't know whether I want to live in a vehicle of any kind on a fulltime basis or not it does not make sense to put myself into a situation where I have no choice.

And, then there is the government. I started wanting to live the off-the-grid life 20+ years ago. I actually started planning for the rv life back in 2008, but that went out the window in 2009 when I had to retire for health reasons without a penny saved.

Over the past eight year's I have read a lot about the nomadic lifestyle. Everybody involved in a nomadic lifestyle will post about the feelings of freedom that they have on one post and the hassles they endure in their next post. Well, a lot of those hassles come from dealing with government regulations. And, you can count on one thing, - there will be more and more and more regulations as the community of nomads grows. Government is greedy by nature. And then, there are the inevitable breakdowns of equipment. By reading the posts on Facebook "groups" it seems like at least 50% of the posts deal with questions about how to fix this or that. And, I want nothing to do with over-crowded Wal-Mart parking lots and campgrounds.

Lastly, I'm 69 years old. I want comfort even when I travel. I slept in a box for 35 years as an otr trucker. Been there. Done that. So, I'm asking myself, "Is it worth it?" It seems to me that getting away from it all should mean a weekend or a long excursion with comfort built in. That may mean a Holiday Inn on a trip of several days, or a mattress in the back of a van for an overnight campout. To me, the most important things to have when you travel are good food, good rest, and a bathroom/shower. Time and experience will tell.

Friday, June 29, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Where We Are At BWM

There is a learning curve. And, it is not much, but it is a start. At least I have now finally started contributing to stock image agencies. This is a very slow process, but I think it will pay off in the end.

To see my work on the following stock agency websites click the following links: Adobe Stock or Alamy. And, don't forget to visit our website @ Better World Media.

There will be new sites in the near future, but please remember that this is a very slow process mostly due to data entry and the waiting game.

This has been my business logo for several years now, but time has a way of changing things. In the future the basic design will remain the same. However, the text will be changed, and symbols will be added to signify the services and products Better World Media provides.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Why Take Time Off

Sixteen+hour days are not always the best way to be productive. Working smarter not harder is more often the better way. I have spent the better part of a year trying to rebuild a photo catalog. While I now have a decent amount of good photos I now find that my market for the kind of photos that I have been specializing in is not as large as I hoped it would be. It is there. It is just not as large. So, what do I do now?

Well, I'm not going to let the work of the past year go to waste. I will keep shooting what I have been shooting. It pays in more ways than one. I get good exercise every time I go places to shoot. The reactions from the people I am trying to reach with my photographs have been been positive. But, I do need to push them more, and in better ways. And, there are business aspects (paperwork) of photography that need to be completed. After all, the government wants it's cut. We, the government and I, have a business partnership. I do the work, they enjoy the benefits of whatever success I have.

And, it is time for me to expand my horizon, find new subjects, and learn new methods of doing what I do. A year ago I was looking at re-building the photography business that I once had. Today I realize that I am building an entirely new photography business from scratch. It is a challenge, but I love the challenge.

A week ago I was frustrated. In my mind I had failed. I was on the verge of quitting. But, as the days have past I have opened my eyes to the successes that I have had and the fun that I have had doing what I do. Taking time off has been invaluable to me as a tool to reflect on what I am doing and where I am going with my work. Taking time off is an invaluable tool.  


The Nomadic Lifestyle - Is It Worth It?

Last night I went to bed thinking I would spend today looking for a van or rv. I woke up this morning thinking I should consider more altern...