Sorry Kodak, It Was My Fault

I received my first camera at four and a half. Yes, my love of photography started young. I still remember opening the box to my 110 Kodak camera popping in the film and snapping my first photo of my sister holding her toy chipmunk. I still have that photo.

In fact, I have many scrapbooks of photos, binders of photos, and boxes of loose pictures. I probably went through over thirty rolls of film a year, always double prints. I was Kodak’s dream consumer. But I am also the reason that it is now in crisis.

None of my albums, binders, or boxes contain photos after 2004. Did I stop snapping photos? No, I take more than ever. But the truth is, I went digital. I shoot digitally, I scrapbook digitally, and I share digitally. The only prints I get are the few I place on my walls.

When Borders closed this past year I was sad. I loved going to borders. Spending time browsing, wondering the isles, flipping through books I wouldn’t normally buy. But again I have no one to blame but myself. I never actually bought a book at Borders. I went home and bought discounted over the internet.

I am not so egocentric to think that it was actually me causing these great companies to go down but I do realized that I reflect a changing culture that is bringing about big change in our consumer world. So, should I go back to buying film? Should I buy a book every time I visit Barns & Noble? No, going backward won’t help anyone.

I do need to look at what I want to do in the world. I want to write. I want to share stores that reflect the love of Jesus while touching the heart of the readers. But like all businesses the world of publication is changing and I must be willing to change with it. Perhaps, I may only see my stories released digitally. Sure I want to hold a copy of my book. But, more importantly I want others to be impacted by the words I write and if that means adapting my expectations then I will adapt.

I am not saying that print is totally going out. It may not. I cannot predict the future but I want to be willing to be ready for it when it comes. Rachelle Gardner’s blog this week speaks to this very issue.

I have found myself often wishing the digital age wasn’t exploding while I am trying to get my foot in the door. Why couldn’t I have perused my writing more seriously five years ago when I typed my first chapter of my first book? But I am continually reminded that God has called me now. God has given me stories now. God has opened doors for training now.

I don’t know the future of the digital age but God does. And let me tell you. He is neither surprised by it, nor does it scare Him. If God has called you to something now, He knows what He is doing.

Are you ready for how technology may change how you use your gifts?

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