It’s not laziness if you’re not inspired…

Geez… for a while there I really felt like I was on top of this blogging thing. Posting again. Trying to post regularly. Trying to post something good (trying….). But then I hit this wall. This wall named October.

No details, but my private life is a bit of a mess. Well… more than a mess. A complete cock-up is more like it. And while I had thought I might find solace in blogging I’ve actually found it really difficult of late to feel motivated. To feel communicative. I just want to keep everything inside. I’ve noticed how I’ve backed away from most everything I do on the web: CNET, Facebook, Gizmodo, Twitter, etc.

So I’ve decided that for right now I’m not going to continue to feel badly about not posting and instead simply accept I’m not ready at this juncture to post. I mean, why fight it? It only becomes a horrible cycle of not feeling compelled to communicate. Then feeling bad that I’m not keeping up my blog (even though I do have some photography related things to talk about), which makes me want to write even less instead of inspiring me.

I know… what a dork.

Fortunately I’m going to be out of town for a few days, visiting my parents, who will be vacationing in a small mountain town in North Carolina. Perhaps a few days away from here… from home… might help lift me from this funk.

But I make no promises.

No. That’s not true. I will make one: I’ll be back.

In the mean time…

The Thinker

The Thinker

Mike Sells

Mike Sells

Tiny Tex

Tiny Tex - a kitten we rescued, fostered and found a home for

"Anyone there?"

"Anyone there?"

Get yer race on

Get yer race on

Picnic

Picnic

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The cow sez “Moooooooooo”

Yeah. I know. You don’t have to tell me.

I suck.

It’s a fair cop.

I could come up with some extra-special reason. Some uber excuse. Something plausible, believable and sympathy-inducing. But that would be too much fucking work. Truth be told: I’ve been a lazy shit about writing for a while.

Sure… some of it is seriously related to having come to a conclusion that this little blog was a bit aimless. Yeah, it deals with photography and my foray into it. Well…. if one can call 2.5 years a “foray”. Regardless, I’ve been wondering where I want to go with this blog and what I want it to say. And to be frank it’s a bit difficult.

I’ve been told I’m a pretty good story teller, but this blog isn’t about telling stories. Actually, if you really want excellent stories that more-often-than-not have a photography bent, you should be reading this guy’s stuff. He writes the way I wish I could write. Casual. Funny. Smart. Interesting.

To be fair, I think I used to write more like he does now. He has been busy improving (no doubt frequent posting and re-working his thoughts before posting helps) while I’ve been busy languishing. But that’s only my fault. And while I do not promise that this particular blog ‘o mine will continue on, I’m rededicating myself to writing and this is one of a few places where I’d like to get back into the swing of things.

That said….

Check these out!

Not long after I joined Flickr I noticed an advertisement for a company named Moo.com, who offered printing services primarily aimed at business cards and the like. I never thought much about it seeing how I had no need or use for business cards and eventually they disappeared from Flickr.

However, at some point the bloke who’s website I referenced earlier made a purchase of cards from Moo.com. I asked what he thought of them and the long and short was that he was impressed. And so it was I made a mental note to keep Moo.com in the back of my head. You know….. just in case.

Over the past two years I have, on a few occasions, encountered folks who noted I was photographing them or something they too had been looking at (but not photographing) and they would ask about getting a copy of the picture or pictures. This usually involved someone scribbling a phone number or e-mail address on a readily losable piece of paper. Of all those instances not a single person ever managed to contact me. I think it’s mostly a matter of their forgetting or losing the note. But no more.

I recently came across a coupon for use on Moo.com and elected to purchase for myself some of their mini cards (about half the height of a traditional business card). On one side is one of my pictures and the reverse has my name, phone number and e-mail address. The nice thing was that I didn’t have to select just one image for the card’s front. One can use up to 50 different images for the front, but only one for the back if you elect that design criteria.

I ordered 200-cards, which is way more than I need, but I figured the price isn’t going to get any cheaper with time and I may as well stock up now. I feel it was a reasonable and prudent investment of less than USD40 and I cannot wait for the first opportunity I have to dispense one. I imagine it will feel really awesome.