I’m still here and I’m doing well. I come here every day to check on things to make sure nothing has been broken and to read some of the friendly comments that are still left once in a while. I thought I’d drop a post because I haven’t really been updating this and it feels like I’m just letting it die a slow – maybe painful – death.
This blog has been a big part of me since 2011 – 8 long years of my journey through photography and cars and milestones in my life that I’ve shared with you – the random stranger that I don’t even know that might live a thousand miles away, or the neighbour/friend that I see every day. I remember when I posted my first entry here, I was so excited to just share my passion and my art with anyone who cared to look at it. When you first start a blog like this – as a nobody and as someone who doesn’t have millions of dollars or something special to their name – it feels empty and depressingly useless to continue. The first few months are tough – because no matter how great your content is, nobody has noticed you yet. Your visitor count hits maybe 5-10 people per day and you’re sure those are all just from yourself checking your own site from different devices.
Over time though, things will pick up. You know how every successful person (and I’m not claiming to be one) always eventually gets their limelight and is always asked the same question? “How does it feel to be here?” or “what’s it like to be standing in this position now?” Their answer is always “just work hard and follow your dreams”… And I finally understand it. Every dream requires a certain type of passion and if you’re truly dedicated to what you do, the passion inherently leads you. This blog of mine is a great example of my passion – photography, cars, and just sharing the overall good and positive and sometimes sad and not so happy moments in my life. Over time, it’s been nice to see that passion grow into this small, little “following”, if you will. From people referring to my blog in person or using a #lifewithjson hashtag on social media – it’s those little things that make me appreciate this place a little more than I should. I sound like Joey from Stickdiljoe when I say this, but everything does follow if you start with passion and it sure as hell isn’t overnight. Passion is like the water that nurtures the seed of whatever you’re trying to do and without that water, you’ll never get where you’re going and you’re not going to see those fruits of labour for a while… But when those fruits start to grow, you’ll know it’s all worth it.
Of course, all of this wouldn’t be possible on my own. Sure, you could look at 8 years worth of just my own babbling but half of what you see here is all the cars I’ve photographed over the years. The friends, the strangers – they’ve helped this become what it is today. They are those fruits that grow over the years and over time, you get more and more of them. Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point – you will forever be ingrained in the lifewithjson archives and I’m thankful for that.
I’m starting to entrench myself in the next chapter in my life. I really tried to juggle both when Aria came along and as I mentioned above – passion is needed to drive this bus and now my passion has shifted to being the best Dad I can be to her. As you may already know, our second daughter is quickly approaching with 4 weeks left on the timer (it seems like it could be sooner with the way Diana is waddling around these days LOL) but with two girls, I’m going to have my hands full. Cars and photography are still very much a part of me – I just need to shift my balance for a little while. I still do car things, but I find that I’d rather spend time with the girls than sit on my computer and write about it. To be honest, I’m a little sad because there isn’t much out there in terms of blogs anymore because everyone has shifted to quick posts on Instagram or Facebook. I think blogs are still very much relevant and people still enjoy media-rich content with good, thoughtful dialogue and not dumb quotes you found underneath your Snapple lid or clickbait articles. Can someone please take the torch?
Kids truly are amazing things – they come into your life and they sweep you off your feet like you wouldn’t believe. They fill your heart with so much love that you can’t imagine anything else being much better no matter how hard you try. It’s true when they say they turn your world upside down… It gives you a new perspective on things and after a while, you almost don’t want to go right side up. A lot of what you cared about before, you don’t think about anymore and things you never gave a second look to are the only things you can dream of. That passion I keep talking about – I need to focus it on my family – I need to water those seeds to make sure they grow up to be the best damn girls I can help them to be and teach them that only with passion, can something be great, and good and everything awesome.
With that said, this post officially puts lifewithjson on hiatus. It’s not “goodbye” or “farewell”, it’s “see you soon”. I was debating shutting it down and deleting it completely, but that would be throwing everything I worked so hard for down the drain. You guys reading this – you’re a part of it and I’m not throwing you out either. I’m sure I’ll be back one day and you’ll all remember this like it was yesterday and until yesterday comes, I (Aria) leave you with brother finger.
PS – I am still very much available for contact as well if you have any questions or want to chat! I still get some here and there, so just because I’m not updating this doesn’t mean I’m not able to be reached either!