This was also really interesting to me -- lots of different subjects people want to see more of! Because this is a pretty widely spread distribution (and most of the comments related to having in-person workshops or speaking gigs), I'll focus on the top three: online courses, journaling workshops and photography retreats. I don't have anything in mind yet, but since you've expressed an interest, I'll definitely start brainstorming on how I can make one or more of them happen.
And finally, the last question invited any feedback that you might have felt wasn't covered in the previous 6 questions. I'm overwhelmed by the very sweet and positive sentiments you shared about me and my work -- I'm so seriously grateful. I've also read every single one of them, and will continue to as they come in. But I also wanted to share with you a few comments that definitely made me think:
"I would love it if Karen talked some more about vision and voice in both her writing and photography. I love it when artists tell us why they have made the choices they have, what they were going for, and whether they think they got it."
I do love this, and can certainly talk a bit more about my creative process. Thanks for the suggestion!
"Yes -- as a photographer, I enjoy following Karen and seeing how her photography has evolved over the years. The only thing I could as is for her to consider using the term 'make photographs' or 'make images' rather than 'shoot.' 'Make photographs' is much softer and is used by many photographers to describe what they do. It's a simple change that makes a big difference."
I had never even considered this language before -- isn't that funny? I'm sure I've always used the word "shoot" just as a shorthand for "make photographs," but I love the idea behind this bit of constructive feedback. Will definitely take it on board. Thanks for opening my mind!
"Would like to hear you speak again. Could you get on some lecture tour ... colleges and universities. Do some speaking at something other than conventions."
I actually do speak at colleges and universities, as well as corporations -- only a small part of my speaking is at workshops and conferences. If you'd like to get in touch with me to speak at your organization (you can learn more about what I do here), please feel free to contact me!
"This is totally random, but I love it when you take pictures of your coffee cup in a cafe. It's like a vicarious vacation for me, a small respite from work. For some reason, those images are so tactile, I can almost smell the coffee."
Thank you so much! I don't know that I'll post more coffee photos than I do (I feel like I overdo it, already!), but I take your point about "vicarious vacations." Perhaps I should figure out how to infuse my photos with more of that feeling. Good food for thought.
"Thank you and stay zaza."
Ha! You too, my friend.
Seriously, friends, thanks so much for such meaty feedback -- this definitely gives me a lot to focus on! I hope you enjoyed reading what everyone had to say. And again, I so love how kindly you shared your thoughts, your generosity is greatly appreciated.
And with that, I return you to your regularly scheduled Chookooloonks.
Song: Thank you (falettinme be mice elf agin) by Sly & the Family Stone