Five Years

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Two days ago, I got a notice from WordPress, stating that I registered on WordPress.com five years ago. In other words, I have a little anniversary to celebrate. Those five years have just flown away. It wasn’t this blog you are reading here I started out with, but the one I co-edit with my friend and colleague Øystein Mikalsen, which is called Untold Stories. That blog is still running but more sporadically whenever we travel in order to make journalistic stories from around the world.

This blog here came about a little later, but has taken the main focus ever since the start. As I just wrote, time has gone by really fast. 384 posts later (with this blog only), it almost feels like I wrote my first post just a short time ago. As all other bloggers I started without really knowing what I was getting myself into. When I began In Flow I had an idea that I wanted to write about creativity and how to develop this creativity as a photographer (and as it turns out; often for artists in general). I was aware of the fact that I didn’t know much about how creativity works or what triggers it, but from some readings and some personal experiences. Therefore, my hope was to open a dialogue between the readers and me. I wanted us to discuss our way into finding out more about the mysterious mechanisms of creativity. Or, as I wrote in that first post: «Creativity is one of the main themes I want to explore in this blog – and I hope with the help of you. I believe everybody has creativity within him or her, but most of us lose contact with our creative well as we grow older and out of childhood.»

anniversary-2xThis is still where I stand today and still my goal for this blog. However, I think I know a little bit more, both about blogging and about creativity. It’s been a fantastic travel, not the least because of you, my dear readers, and all the response and input you have given me through these years. It has really been years of discussing our way to more knowledge, helping each other out and giving each other encouragement. I feel the blog has developed since the first feeble posts – not the least thanks to you. So here in celebrating this little anniversary, I think it’s appropriate to thank you most sincerely for this wonderful travel we have done together. You have been fantastic. I hope we still will have many more years ahead of us travelling together.

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101 thoughts on “Five Years

  1. So glad you made that decision five years ago. I have enjoyed reading your posts on creativity. You have opened my eyes to some new concepts and have validated some of my own thoughts. Congratulations on the anniversary Otto! ~Rita

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary, Otto.

    I for one have been most appreciative of your words and encouragement. Yours posts on creative vision and how to connect with the subject have been most helpful.

  3. Thank you for all your great articles. It is always both a pleasure and a learning experience to read them. 5 years! That is a long time to keep at! Well done.

  4. Otto, As an artist I am most attune to your interpretations and definitions of creativity. You are right that your posts cross-over into all realms of creativity and not just how it affects the creative bent for photographers, but others as well. I so appreciate your inclusion. Your posts resonate a personal “let’s meet-up over lunch, have a sit-down and…chat”…..feel. Looking forward to more, please….
    Raye

  5. Congratulations on five years! I so appreciate reading your posts, and especially appreciate that you haven’t abandoned longer form exploration in favor of the quick posts we bloggers are supposed to stick to – you know, the easier to digest, the higher the hits and all that great advice we get :). Thanks for all the attention you give this site, it’s become such a lovely resource.

    1. I am really glad you say this, because I sometimes think I am doing the not so smart thing. But I have decided to write posts according to myself and not what creates likes and high numbers of hits. Thank you, Anna.

  6. Thank you for an inspiring blog Otto, I always enjoy reading your thoughts on creativity! Your way of thinking and writing is wonderful! 🙂

  7. Congratulations, Otto! You began this blog about a month before I started mine. You were one of my first followers and I have been one of yours ever since. From the start I’ve been impressed with both your photography and your thoughts about creativity. You inspire me with both, as well as by your kindness and encouragement, and I hope to be following you here for a long time to come.

  8. A 5 year anniversary in the blogging world is a milestone. What draws so many of us here is your generosity of spirit; evident not only in the content of your posts and you keep

  9. oops…but also h0w you keep tabs on us and check out so many of your readers’ blogs. I applaud this spirit and it keeps bringing me back. Thanks!

  10. Congratulations Otto. I don’t always comment on your posts, but I always read them and think about what you have written. You always help me think about photography. Here’s to many more Otto posts! 🍸😊

  11. A wonderful milestone, congratulations, Otto. I’m so pleased you started and that I found you. Your Blog makes me think about what I take and why.

  12. Awww, what a lovely thank you. 🙂 You make me wish I got here more often, but the visits I have made have often given me food for thought, and always encouragement. So thank you, Otto. It’s been a pleasure.

  13. Your blog is an absolute treasure, Otto. I love thinking about creativity — particularly, how to sharpen every sort of vision — and you’re very good at asking the kind of questions that stir my thoughts. It’s true that most of us didn’t have a clue how things would evolve when we started this blogging process, but I’d say it’s evolved very well for you — and, hence, for us! Here’s to the future, and more fun with the creative process.

  14. Congratulations Otto. As you will be aware I am a regular reader of your posts – I invariably find them stimulating and thought-provoking. I have also bought several of the books you have recommended in passing. Keep up the good work. You are appreciated.

  15. Congratulations with the first 5 years, I hope you will be blogging here for many more years!
    Reading your post here I became curious and checked how many years I have been here, to my surprise, I passed the five years in January this year 🙂

  16. Otto, what a beautiful post. I just popped in tonight to see what pictures you’ve been taking lately. And I see you’re off on a grand adventure! I hope you are having a fabulous time, disconnected from the internet and electricity. And I hope you are taking lots of pictures. You are right — they are a story in and of themselves. I miss blogging, and was so happy to drop by and read some of your thoughtful and inspiring posts. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!

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