A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
Something to chase away the winter blahs and start dreaming once more of flowers. The Home Show is usually held about the 2nd or 3d week of February in St. George and by then the flowers are starting to bloom and the spring flowers are being set out. Then I will have more flowers to photograph. The most interesting flower photo is always the next one.
Amazing. I realized a few days ago that the Curmudgeonly Professor Blog is four years old. And though I was creeping along in old age when I started the blog, I am now four years more advanced in age. Thus, I thought it was time to congratulate myself for actually starting something, keeping it going, and for trying to make the blog better as the months and years went by.
When I started the blog four years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about blogging. I read about 10 pages in a blogging handbook. I tried Blogger and, indeed, started several family blogs on Blogger. But Typepad seemed to offer some advantages so I have been with them ever since. I remember how I posted my first few blog posts with fear and trepidation. I thought my sisters would look at it, and maybe my wife, but had no expectations of anyone else ever spending time on it.
Here is my four year progress report:
123,000 total page views. Average of 84 per day over 4 years; daily average is now 120-140.
4,255 total posts, with many thousand photos.
A wise blogger reminded me when I was whining about low page views that I should remember I am doing the blog primarily for myself. Following is a summary of what I have learned in my four years of effort:
I have spent anywhere from 2-5 or more hours per day on the blog, depending on whether I had to edit photos to post, which time can't be charged totally to the blog.
My photography skills have grown significantly, and my love of photography and everything that is interesting or beautiful has increased exponentially.
The blog has helped me through some dark days of health issues in my family.
The beauty of nature captured through photography has provided a calming and inspirational blessing in my life.
My blog is now read in countries throughout the world. Had I just kept my photos on my hard drive, maybe two or three people would ever have seen them. My hope is that people everywhere will have some appreciation for the scenes and places and objects I photograph.
My sisters have stopped editing my blog although I know I still make blunders.
People who dismiss blogging are missing a wonderful opportunity to expand their own creative abilities and insights, and are foregoing an exceptional opportunity to keep in touch with their loved ones and friends.
Plans for the future:
I hope to improve my photography skills. I may actually read my camera manual, because I want to start posting HD Video, which I can take with my Canon 7d.
I am going to start writing again, something I have done in only short spurts while I have focused in photos and photo editing.
I extend my warmest best wishes and thanks to all those who have followed my blog and who watch it on a daily basis. You can always skip the stuff you don't like, since no one can bat 100% on good stuff each day. I especially thank those in places around the world. I would like to hear from you and learn your reactions to the photos I post, and to learn your likes and dislikes. Meanwhile, no one knows the future, especially at my age, but I am planning on another four years. One month has gone by.
Several years ago, my neighbor's Saguaro cactus had its best blooming year, ever. I took hundreds of photos, most of which remained in obscurity on my hard drive, unedited. I'm now cleaning them up and showing them off. I realize the next season for these cactus blooms is only a few months away in St. George, but I doubt if the prolific year during which I took these many photos will be repeated.