I started writing about my humble first steps in re-establishing film photography as a hobby in February this year. As mentioned in an earlier blog post I kind of underestimated the time and efforts necessary to stay tuned on a regular basis and produce some content at least every month. As a consequence posts did not appear regularly since, with the latest being already published in August. While thinking about potential topics to write about (…and there are many!) and at the same time not knowing when to sit down and actually hack content into the computer I started wondering whether short stories like blog posts may possibly be outdated altogether when we’re talking photography? Just go to Youtube and have a look at the plethora of professional and semi-professional vlogs cruising around camera gear, landscape, street, wildlife, portrait and all other possible genres of photography. It’s overwhelming: gear talk, drone flights, music, philosophical statements, you name it – a vlogger’s “arm’s race” garnished with great imagery which let the simple text of a blog post seem rather static, old-fashioned and a bit dull. So should one stop writing and enter the video path as well? Not necessarily. Although I am fascinated by the capabilities of some vloggers and the high quality content they are producing, I think that writing blog posts about photography still has its merits. It’s like going to the movies versus reading a book. Nobody in one’s right mind would argue that the former should replace the latter. It’s simply a different way of presenting content and expressing your thoughts about it. And writing a blog post is a rather simple task compared to producing video content. Video requires extra (digital) gear, a good script and – most important – a lot more time. So, for obvious reasons I will stick with writing blog posts about my personal photography experience hoping that at least some people will get something out of it. And if not, I can still use my blog as a kind of public dashboard covered with numerous sticky notes which at some point may be rich enough to provide a sufficient basis for writing a photography book… yet another scaring challenge.