This blog is about me, Andrew J. Stillman, finding out what it means to be an artist. The grand majority of posts under the “Thoughts and Ponders” category are my opinions, and my opinions alone unless otherwise stated. Feel free to disagree with them, but please don’t attack them. You’re entitled to yours as much as I’m entitled to mine. I’ve been writing my entire life. As far as I can remember. I just found the floppy disks I used to save my stuff on. (Too bad I can’t view them on my new high tech computer, but you win some and you lose some I’ll figure out a way one day.) I have a professional photographer in my family, and quite a lot of people interested in that field as well. I’ve always wanted to learn photoshop and web design.
Well, because of a random follower I got on my other blog, The Adventures of Jensen Carpenter, I was able to find the most random tutorial site in the world (to me, anyway) called Lynda. (PS, you can find his site at Canadian Hiking Photography Check out some of his stuff, it’s redonc.) Since this discovery, I am able to start learning all of the things I’ve wanted to learn since I was a kid and hopefully begin to apply them. I’ve already been learning some Photoshop and Lightroom effects, how to perfect my blog space (a work in progress, but I have more lessons to come), and learn how to market myself through social media, build effective resumes, job hunt…a lot of really good information that has me more excited than I’ve been since the last Lord of the Rings movie. So this blog, in essence, is going to be my trial run. My practice and application of all the things I’m learning. I hope you’ll enjoy reading and viewing it as much as I’m sure I’ll enjoy writing it.
I wrote the above paragraphs when I first started blogged. Almost a year ago now! And now, a year later, I still have some of the same ideas, but I’ve expanded myself so much. I’ve learned a lot about writing, communicating, networking, putting myself out there. So many things I never thought I would be able to do. The writer community is truly astounding. I feel welcomed here. I feel like I actually have support. There are people out there who enjoy my stuff. I may not have 30,000 followers, but the ones I do have and the ones who comment on everything and communicate with me are absolutely amazing.
Thanks for the taking the time to read my blog. And my about page. If you email me or tweet me or comment or talk or anything, thank you. If not, don’t be shy! I don’t bite!