I’ve gotten a number of new subscribers lately and I’m pretty certain a lot of it had to do with a particular social media site with a little blue bird that is currently in a state of flux, but I can’t really prove that.
I have to wonder otherwise, why are you here?
This makes me think of a similar conversation between two beings in a galaxy far, far away. (geek alert)
I can quote this almost line by line in my head, but with a slight modification.
“… I am wondering, why are you here?”
“I’m looking for someone.”
“Looking?! Found someone you have I would say, hmmm?” delirious little chuckle…
“Help you I can, yes, mmmm!”
“I don’t think so, I’m looking for a great Photographer”
“Great Photographer? Oh? Photo’s not make one great…”
And that’s how Luke Skytographer met
Yoda Portra the greatest Photographer in a galaxy, far, far away. The end.
Now imagine you had that same conversation when visiting here or other similar Substack and feeling a little underwhelmed at what you saw. Did you come here looking for photographs that inspire you or turn your head? Something of the sort that you might see on Instagram or Vero. Perhaps you were looking for something more appealing to the masses rather than a mixed bag of written posts and limited photography.
I say all of this because as I gain subscribers, I also lose them. Though this can be said for most any platform with a subscriber base, it’s hard to fathom that anyone would come here, looking for something that isn’t clearly only meant for that. This is not to say that you won’t find stuff like that here, but in reality, you’ll find much more than that. You will find things that perhaps you weren’t looking to find.
What you’ll find here is me and countless others who are looking for more than a quick like or thumbs up. You will find would be writers and photographers, artists and those looking to speak their voice on whatever issue is on their mind. You will find those wanting to write a little more, to talk a little more, to converse a little more.
As a reader, you bring your curiosity, your desire to see and listen. And then perhaps, create a voice for yourself. Maybe not necessarily here on Substack, but anywhere. Bring an open mind as you see us open ours. Come with intent. Come with the premise that you want to know more and are willing to learn more about your fellow artists, writers, photographers, musicians and so forth. There are so many of us who want to share more than a quick photograph or a post with a limited of characters.
I hope you enjoy reading these stories, newsletters and posts as much as we enjoy creating them.
“You will find only what you bring in.”
I’m here ( Substack ) because I’m a person who needs to write, and I live to share my travels and photography with my audience, however small it may be. Also, because I like to seek out likeminded individuals.
I’m here ( Your Substack ) because you’re my wonderfully creative, thoughtful, and talented husband and I quite enjoy your musings and photography.
Thanks so much 🙏 I have been gaining many new followers here as well and I am always losing a few at the same time. As a photographer and writer, we are in the same boat. Many people are just interested in tech talk or they want to know how to get a million followers or get rich quick. I very much appreciate your newsletter and I know that when you share who you are with your audience it takes courage. Just keep doing it 👏