Nearly every one of my blog posts starts with a photo that I took. I have been taking photographs since I was about 10. At times rather intensely, at times not. Often there is a subtle tie in between the photo and the essay, sometimes the photo is there because I liked it. I have tens of thousands of digital photos. If I am stumped I will browse the unsorted folder and inevitably something inspires me.
I recently figured out how to edit my blog template - another thing that blogger changed over the past few months. I added a Daily Reads list, with my morning regulars. There are dozen more that I look at once or more per week. One currently unlisted daily check in, has nearly stopped posting. Sad to see a daily poster slip away.
I also added a little language at the bottom. The block is intended as a copyright statement. Mine basically says if you are going to steal my image, let me know where you use it. I don't have time and money to chase after copyright violations. Honestly, I put the images out there for the world to enjoy. If the images are shared, maybe, just maybe they will bring joy to someone - someplace - that I would never have reached. Or maybe my images are being used to sell soap in some third world country I will never visit. If so, I hope they sell lots, make tons of money, and help improve the lives of the people in their communities.
Do you stop by for the photos or the remarkable prose?