Seven years ago I got the bright idea to become a blogger. I like to write, and I had tons of photos residing in obscurity on my hard drive. What to name it? I was a professor of economics for 45 years and, though, I didn't think I was all that curmudgeonly, despite what some of my 20,000 plus students thought, I thought The Curmudgeonly Professor sounded like a good name. And so the name stuck.
I'll write more as the days go by about my seven years of experience with the Curmudgeonly Professor. For now, I just wanted to comment on how difficult it is to get my blog resurrected after being inactive for several months. If you read my earlier posts, you know my world went dipsy-doodle with a severe vertigo attack in early May of this year. While I didn't have any more vertigo, I became unwired, so to speak, and had difficulty with my balance and, besides, I just plain felt like heck and couldn't feel comfortable sitting at my computer. I was told at the outset I would recover, but I didn't know it would take months to get my bearings back and feel like doing anything.
Before my episode, I was averaging 180-200 page views per day. Now I am lucky if I get 50 page views per day. Of course, that is 50 more people viewing my photos than if my photos were entombed on my hard drive waiting for deletion so I can't complain about that. But I did lose most of my viewers who gave up when I went week after week without posting anything.
I mostly feel quite a bit better now and can sit at my computer and get around a lot better. I'm back to doing most of the cooking, which is difficult for my wife to do with sciatic and other disc and back pain, but walking any distance with a walking stick is still a chore. My biggest issue now, which I wrote about before and attributed possibly to overuse of my hands and fingers on my iPad while I was ill, is stiff and sore hand and fingers every time I wake up. Sleeping seems to do them in. Something to do with lubrication or something which seems to stop when sleeping, according to my extensive research on the Wizard of Google.
I do appreciate comments and would welcome more of them. My audience, however small, is worldwide, and I like to know what you think about my pictures and comments. I'm making an effort to show my world audience what Utah is like, what kinds of flowers and vegetation we have here, and what it is like to live in the face of a massive mountain range part of the year and the southwestern Utah desert part of the year. So please, whether you are from India or the Phillipines or Canada or from Lightning Flats Wyoming, let me hear from you. You don't have to like everything I post, but be nice, please, when you write your comments. My photo taking for the past several months has been restricted to what I can see from the deck of my condominium but I have had a grand front row seat to mountains, clouds, birds, and the whole wide world. Sunsets, sunrises, clouds, rain, sunshine, changes in vegetation color, have all fascinated me and have led to several thousand more pictures on my hard drive of which you have seen only a small sampling. Plus I have well over 150,000 photos on my hard drive so I can always pluck something from the archives and show it again.
In any case, I feel blessed so richly and in so many ways to be recovering and to be able to assist my wife in doing the things we need to do each day. Photography teaches us that the world and everything in it is beautiful and worth photographing and studying and marveling at and looking at in awe at the complexity and beauty of the Lord's creations. And blogging has taught me that I can push the publish button on a new entry and never know who will read it or see it in what far corner of the world. And that is truly a wonderful thing. If just one person somewhere sees an image that inspires them or reminds them of something wonderful or prods them to go take a photograph or two themselves, then my efforts have been well repaid.