By Roger (7 June 2015)
While Mark has been the main show the last couple of weeks, I've been working behind the scenes to make some changes to the blog. This isn't what I do for a living, and it's taking much longer than it should. I've gotten way behind, AND I haven't blogged. This has been a disjointed, fast-paced year. I'd love to tell you that I've been going so fast that my schedule has been severely disrupted, but I haven't got a solid schedule from which to work. No excuses, just explaining.
So let me take you backstage, just a little. We've been doing this blog for almost seven years. It started as something fun to do, and it still is. I can't tell you how much we've learned by writing and interacting with some of our readers. We're kind of photogeeks, anyway, and we were blogging stuff we covered in our photo group (and more). Regardless, I think we're, both, a little surprised the blog has lasted this long, given how busy we get at our workday jobs. Since we are planning to continue, we could use some help from you.
We need topics of interest from you folks. If you'd like a topic covered or re-covered, your feedback would be appreciated. We've been covering new camera and software techniques and reporting on our travels, with a few quasi-philosophical blogs about being a photographer. Should we keep doing this; add something new; or move in an entirely different direction? Should we keep it short or move into the longer series of related blogs? We did some blog posts, with links of interest – were those interesting to anyone but me?
Lastly, we've never said anything on the topic of blog costs before and hope to never repeat it. This blog cost more than you think to maintain, and we've been footing the bill completely since its inception. We're not asking you to send us money - the blog will always remain free, but we now have a link to Amazon on our sidebar (if you're using mobile, it will be at the bottom of the blog). When you go to Amazon, through our site, they will send us a few pennies to help pay for the blog. Your prices and Prime benefits are not affected; it just helps us with the maintenance fees here. Thanks.
That's it for me tonight. Two simple requests from you that would make a big difference to us. You can send your suggestions via email, Facebook, or comment here on the blog. We'll get right to work on them.
In the meantime, I've got a house full of grandkids that need some attention. Earlier today, we went out to the fountains for some fun snapshots. Hope you're having a fun weekend, too.