I spend a lot of time blogstalking. Blogstalking - regularly reading someone's blog - is common among photographers. There's a number of fabulous photogs out there who are willing to share their knowledge, whether it be about equipment, posing, or how to run your business. In the beginning, I visited their blogs regularly to gain some knowledge and inspiration, but now I visit the blogs to see how they are. They've become friends and mentors and I love the glimpses into their lives.
I sometimes share stories from the blogs with Jason. He humours me, listens, and then we talk about something else. Does he pay attention? No, it's not usually something that interests him so he lets me talk then we move on. Or so I thought...
A few weeks ago, I was blah blah blah'ing about something I wanted to try out. He questioned me about it and I said, "well that's what Justin and Mary do! Oh wait, you don't know who Justin and Mary are." He looked me in the eye and defiantly said, "Yes I do - justinmarantz.com."
He does pay attention. I didn't know.
Thus began a change in our conversations. He has an interest that I didn't know was there. Now he starts the conversations, he has input into what I do, he reads the blogs. We bandy about names during dinner conversations as though we're talking about people we see every day: "Justin and Mary did this..." or "Jasmine did that..."
Not only is it much more fun to talk shop now, it's more interesting. And who knew, the boy actually has some good ideas. Now, we'll see if I can teach him to shoot, too...