One of the arts I have gained mastery over is blogging. How and why? Let me explain:

Personal curiosity

I still remember the early days when a friend of mine first showed me Maddox. I think I was in the 3rd or 4th grade. We were in computer class. It was one of the OG blog posts which went viral — why you should beat your kids. I thought it was hilarious, because when I was a kid growing up Asian American, I was beat! But I always knew when I got a beating, I deserved it. This was before I had any silly notions of “political correctness”. I thought that the author had a good point: modern society kids (“white kids” were soft. Better to discipline your kids [sometimes with force] than let them become soft).

Starting my own blog

In high school, lots of stuff annoyed me. “Emo” kids, or kids who complained all the time. Considering my hard knock life, I felt indignant. Also, I wanted to be strangely motivational. To share that although life is hard, you can still thrive given anything.

I still remember in high school I first started my own Xanga blog (similar in satirical content like Maddox), then I made my own website! I hand coded my own blog… before I even knew what a “CMS” (content management system like WordPress) was. I suppose my early curiosity in making websites helped me greatly. Thank god my mom was able to use my cousins credit card for me to start my own website.

Birth of this website

2008 photo blog

I first really got into photography when I was around 18– my mom and uncle bought me a digital camera (Canon powershot sd600) as a high school graduation present. Then I wanted to share my photos. I think Flickr didn’t exist at the time. Thus I made erickimphotography.com and installed the first “photo blog” (one photo a day) type of photo blog. I would just upload one new photo a day. Super simple yet effective to get me going.

Adding the blog component

20-year-old ERIC KIM in college, with CONTAX IIIa. Photograph by John Golden
20-year-old ERIC KIM in college, with CONTAX IIIa. Photograph by John Golden

When I graduated college, I was always frustrated by the lack of information online how to shoot street photography. I remember complaining to Cindy about it and she told me:

Why don’t you just make a website or blog about it?

But I retorted: “But I don’t know anything!” She told me, “It doesn’t matter. Just share your learnings as you go”. Good point. Thus I installed WordPress.org to erickimphotography.com/blog and here we are today.

Early version of my blog. 2010

Hello world!

My first blog post
My first hello world blog post

Everyone starts at zero. Certainly to gain mastery, one must strive towards working intensely focused on something for at least 10 years (decade). For me, this has been photography and blogging. Truth be told, I see myself as the greatest photography blogger of all time — in terms of my influence, impact, skills as a photographer and teacher, and my ability to change the culture.

But we must recognize … everyone starts from zero!

Lesson:

Just start now!

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