Met a guy the other night who questioned my need to take photos and blog about my experiences. He wondered why people were standing behind a camera instead of taking part in the moment.
I’ve wondered this myself and try to restrict what I do. At that particular party, I took one picture with my camera. I didn’t blog about anything until I got home, but I thought a photo might be nice to go with the story. I try to participate as much as possible in whatever I’m doing (and for the most part, I’m betting people would wish I participated less ;-), but I know that while I’m doing something, I’m also thinking about what I will write later. Am I really participating if I’m doing that? One problem I find is that I will now purposely say and do things that I think will make a better story later. Is it fair for me to script my own life like that?