Macro Flowers & Nature

It’s about that time. Time for a new blog, new website, and fresh start in life.
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My first photography blog, Paradigm Drift, hasn’t felt like home for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that I’ve had the chance to do anything about it. (Don’t worry, by the way — I won’t be deleting my old blog. I just won’t be updating it any more.) I’ve been wanting to integrate my blog into my website for months, but every time I’ve tried to learn WordPress I find myself cursing and kicking things. For someone that has always coded everything from scratch, the whole WordPress functionality has never seemed, well… functional to me. But maybe it’s just the learning curve — like learning to use a PC if you’ve been working on a Mac your whole life (and vice versa.) People keep telling me it’s easy; so in between glaring at them, I try to believe them.
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Fortunately for me, I have a pretty amazing boyfriend who had an idea for a website that was beyond my elementary coding skills. Brandon decided he was going to teach himself how to use WordPress so that he could build it. Since the project idea is a complex one, he wanted to start with something easier to get his feet wet. I oh-so-graciously volunteered my website up as a sacrificial guinea pig (actually it was more along the lines of me jumping up and down and then begging him to make me a new website — LOL.) Luckily, he was excited about the idea and sat down to create it with enthusiasm. Just a week later, I have a new website. You cannot understand how thrilling it is to have someone else build a website for me when it has always been the other way around, and I hate making websites. Not only that, he’s freakishly faster at it than me. I LOVE IT!
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I like how clean and functional my new site is. Nothing too flashy, it’s all about the photos and the art. And even better, my blog is now seamlessly integrated in my website. I always have the best of intentions when it comes to updating my website with new content, but it tends to take me forever so I always put it off. But now that my site updates with my blog, all of my best new stuff will all be here in one place. You also might notice that I’ve narrowed my social icons down to the only ones I actually still use — Facebook and 500px. Down the road, I’m planning on having a separate blog and updated section for all of my writing, but I didn’t want to let another big project get in the way of launching this one.
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For now, I hope you enjoy the new website and blog. Let me know your thoughts — do you like it? Do you not like it? And in the meantime, enjoy a few of my latest flower / macro / abstract photos. These were taken on a sunny afternoon in San Diego, when I felt like photographing flowers through my macro lens. A few other things caught my eye as I was creating as well.