Hello everyone, welcome back to The Hollow and thanks so kindly for your visit. This post has been in the works for days now, but due to my new work schedule it has been difficult to get the time to put it together. I’ve been very much looking forward to it and am happy to share this one with everyone out there. This is a continuation of our series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys” if you wish to see the previous entries.
I would like to dedicate this post to my beautiful wife, the lovely Mrs. Toad, my children, my best friends (the Mudpuppy’s) and to you all. I would also like to send a special thank you out to Scott Wood. It was he who convinced me to carry on and try my best with the constraints I find myself in, so this post definitely is a result of his kind thoughts and words.
This has been a very difficult week for me, personally. The act of having to take a step back from my photography activities has been very stressful, to say the least. But, as we all know by now, life can be challenging and sometimes we are left with little choice in certain matters.
These last few weeks have seen me at a crossroads of sorts. I got my love of photography from my dad, who was a wonderful man and an avid amateur photographer. I have spent my entire life entranced by imagery in general, and specifically photography. I find it’s a way for me to produce very personal art and to share that with a wider audience. And the internet has been a fabulous vehicle for getting it out there and being part of the larger community as a whole.
As those who follow regularly know, I’ve been presented with an opportunity lately that could truly make a huge difference for my family in the long run. I am now literally working 2 full-time paying jobs in an effort to realize those dreams. Something had to give, though, as I was becoming rather overloaded. After much soul-searching and very deep and thoughtful discussions with Mrs. Toad we came to the horrible realization it would have to be Toad Hollow.
We have built a large, enthusiastic and energetic network online, and the notion of having to scale our participation back has been heart-breaking to be perfectly honest. It has nothing to do with being famous, or a rock star if you will… but, rather, it’s got everything to do with being part of and actively participating in a community that we love so very much. We have formed strong and real friendships with many folks online, and having to slow things down has left me feeling awful all week.
But, sometimes life presents us with events and situations we have little choice in.
So, this post today represents a new chapter. For sake of time management I have to change things in terms of how we work here at The Hollow. But, at the same time, it seems I cannot stop entirely as the passion for photography and being part of a community is much bigger than me. It just means I must change things.
I hope that this change sits well with all our friends, visitors and fans. I will be endeavoring to do up as many blog posts as I can. I have no idea how many or when they will come, just please know I am trying. Some weeks will be better than others, I imagine.
Many of you have also noticed I have seriously scaled back my involvement in the social media end of things. Again, this is not by design nor is it what I would wish for now. I will try to be there as much as I can, but again… don’t know when or how frequently but please know I am trying my best to get out to be with everyone.
In the meantime, I will continue to work on my weekly submission for Light Stalking. This is good because it keeps me in the loop. Even though I may not have nearly as much time to communicate directly, I am still trying to follow everyone’s work as much as I can and assemble my weekly article.
I really hope you understand why these changes came. I am sure they seemed sudden, but please rest assured they were not. I tried my best under the circumstances I found myself in and change was necessary.
And to those who have reached out this last week and sent me public and private messages of love, friendship and support… I have read each and every word and have taken the messages in fully. I am so grateful for everything you all have done for us to this point in our journey and truly, truly… I cannot wait to return at full speed once again.
In the meantime, I leave you with this post. I will try to do more this week. I am thinking of you all, and hoping the very best for everyone. Thank you so much, you all have helped me create a world here that means so much to us personally, and is something I look forward to.
I welcome and hope that you have a moment to leave me a comment here, it would truly mean so much. Best wishes to all, we’ll see you out there.