Posted by: kerryl29 | March 22, 2020

The Elephant in the Room

In the 10 1/2 years that this blog has existed, I have almost completely avoided writing about anything that doesn’t directly touch on photography and/or blogging.  There have been very few exceptions.  This entry represents one of those rare occasions as I will briefly discuss how the current situation surrounding the novel coronavirus impacts my intentions pertaining to this blog.

Ignoring the virus is like ignoring the elephant in the room; one can act is if it’s not there but doing so seems guided by obliviousness.  The impact of this virus is, after all, affecting almost literally everything, at least in my little part of the world.  I’m currently holed up in northeast Illinois, where the entire state is under a stay home order.  Day-to-day routines have been interrupted–as they have all over the world–to the point where they can’t even be recognized anymore.  Fear and uncertainty are rampant, and understandably so.  As I type these words early Saturday evening, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine’s Coronavirus Resource Center puts the number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of coronavirus worldwide at 304,526 and the number of fatalities from the disease at 12,973.  By the time you read this, those numbers will be significantly higher.  No one can say with any sort of conviction when this pandemic will crest or whether multiple additional spikes in new cases are in our future.  We are living through a very dark time.

Under the circumstances, as things relate to this blog, I have asked myself two questions:

  1. Do I want to continue to post regular entries, as I have been doing for years?
  2. If the answer to question #1 is yes, is it appropriate to do so?

The answer to question #1 is yes, at least for the time being.  There’s something broadly therapeutic, I think, in maintaining at least some shred of normality to the rhythms of day-to-day life, so as long as I feel I have something to write about, I’d like to continue doing so.

I believe question #2 is a bit trickier; I can make a pretty cogent case either way.  But, unless I hear differently from the readership of this blog, I’m gong to operate under the assumption that these forthcoming posts, devoid as they will be of virus-related content, may serve as brief distractions, microscopic though they may be, for those who choose to read them.  I reserve the right to alter these plans, but for the time being I’m going to push forth.  If anyone feels differently, please feel free to let me know.

Stay healthy, everyone.


Responses

  1. One of the most commonly shared bits of advice among mental health experts is to avoid a 24/7 concentration on the bad news we’re being bombarded with. Taking breaks, both physical (as we are able) and psychological is critical to maintaining health. The interaction that blogs provide can be a nice — and safe — break from the troubles that surround us.

  2. …..we need your blog more than ever, kerry. Look, being ordered to ‘shelter in place’ (which is as true here in British Columbia, as Illinois) doesn’t curtail one’s hopping in the car and going to some solitary location to capture the gorgeousness–the lightscapes–of this time of year. For those of us who have pursued for years a rather solitary-minded pastime, this virus-obsessing period if anything only confirms and encourages what we’ve always enjoyed: going out where no one is, and getting our souls nourished all over again.

    Your blog offers continuing instruction and guidance to those who are hoping to improve their experience. So…..why stop now, when solitary pursuits are at their zenith?

  3. I believe shoreacres just hit the bulls eye. Keep on going Kerry!

  4. My vote is definitely a “yes” for continuing. My only selfish reason is that I love to read what you write and see the amazing images. If you feel you cannot continue, I’ll be sad, but I’ll look forward with even more anticipation to a time when the blog posts continue.

  5. Hi Kerry,
    Although I rarely comment, I just want you to know I still follow your blog and enjoy it immensely. My hope is you continue on with what you’re doing. We need some kind of normalcy during this time, as it’s therapeutic for you as the writer, and for us as the readers and viewers. I need to follow my own advice and be more active on my own blog. Think I’l write a post today! I wish for you to stay healthy and keep on blogging. Looking forward to your next one!

  6. My Big Bend National Park reservations were just cancelled. I was looking forward to the solitude and wildflowers. I figured there was plenty of social isolation out there, but I guess the park workers have to go home too.

  7. I’m glad to know you will continue to post your photography as I believe nature gives us hope that regardless of our species’ challenges, the natural world exists beyond and without us, striving to live, reproduce and succeed with or without the human gaze.

  8. I am semi-isolated and most things I am familiar with have been cancelled.I can get out for walks and have taken my camera along. Some of my friends cannot have visitors and I am inundated by reports of COVID-19 . Listened to a radio show last night that played music in the usual way and it was such a relief. I want to, and am, keeping in touch with updates on the spread of the virus, but need a break too, from the constant bombardment.Your continued posts are welcome and good for my mental health.

  9. Keep posting. It’s one of the safer ways for people to connect.

  10. Kerry, reading your blog is a great joy. I’ve learned so much from you and I’m always inspired. It is alright to retreat from the horrors of the world and seek beauty – respite gives us the energy to go back into the world with renewed hope and energy.

  11. Keep posting – no question of it!

  12. […] thanks to everyone who commented on yesterday’s post.  Since the response was unanimous in favor of continuing, that’s what I’ll do for the […]

  13. Kerry, absolutely keep posting! We all need to be reminded of the beauty out there, even if we can’t get to it right now. We also need the distraction of having something to think about besides coronavirus.

  14. We all need to experience–and to share–as much beauty, serenity, and normalcy as we can. May we all continue to do so. Our sanity depends on it.

  15. I second what has been said in the earlier comments, please do continue writing. For my part I’ll enjoy reading. For what it’s worth, I went though a similar thought process on my own blog, and continue to write, if only for my own sanity.

  16. Kerry, I encourage you to keep up with your blog. Your photos are inspiring.

  17. Please keep posting. We need some beauty added to our days, and your photos always provide that.

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  19. Kerry, I am voting in the yes column as well, for too many reason to list, but most importantly that photographic beauty brings even more joy when it’s hard to get out. Thanks. Dan

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