Writer.  Photographer.  Mom
Just looking around...

I'm a writer and a photographer and I'll admit: I like old-school blogging.

I've been blogging for over eleven years.  You can see a list of where I regularly blog/blogged here, or just click on the tab at the top of the page.  

For years this was a spot to post things I didn't know where else to post ... a blog junk drawer, if you will.  Recently I've found myself coming back here to quietly post photos, and to muse about long  form narratives I could quietly place along with those photos.  (Check back for those. I'm in a dry spell, plus there's so much internet noise already.)

I know personal blogs have gathered some dust since the rise of Twitter and Facebook, and are probably wheezing their last dying gasps thanks to Medium.  I miss the early, ragtag days of the blogosphere before social media corralled everyone into corporate places.  Social media's hive structure reminds me of cubicle space in an office building.   Blogs, however, are more like private boutiques, used bookstores, cluttered studies and garage studios.  Blogs are the kooky thrift shops down the alley from Facebook's big box store.

While there are many entrepreneurial and marketing sites calling themselves blogs -- and, as a freelance writer and gig economy scavenger,  I've written (and ghostwritten) posts for some of them -- there aren't as many active personal blogs anymore.  Instead, we are putting blur filters on selfies, obsessively adding to Instagram stories and arguing one of two "sides" of duopoly politics well within corporate structures that gleefully use all of our data to sell us things.

And I'm exhausted by all of it.

Now, when I stare at a screen, I find myself drawn to places that don't expect me to click a like button.  I want creativity, not content ... art, not brand.  Or maybe I'm just being antisocial.

This is my online space to post photos and (when I'm sufficiently detoxed from internet content overload) to tell stories, post articles and share poems.  Come by whenever you want to escape the hive.  No likes or subscriptions required.

I shoot with a Nikon, Lumix and various iPhones.  I occasionally play around with a 1970s Yashica TLR.

Visit my shop for art prints and other photo stuff that you can actually hold in your hands.

Email me here.

If you want to know more about me, check this out. 

If you must find me on social media, I'm an artsy and muckraking pro-peace lefty on Twitter, an unabashed bookworm on GoodReads, a slideshow queen (and wannabe documentary filmmaker) on YouTube and a digital scrapbooker on Pinterest.  I used to post on IG.  I don't do Facebook.

los angeles street photos (and a few words) by Laurie Allee

You can access this blog at glancingabout.com or at its original golden age of blogging address: glancingabout.blogspot.com