If, for reason of your geography, you are constrained from joining you can send me a personal e-mail and, if I feel your comment has validity or humor I may, at my discretion, post it. I'm taking most of the advertising totally off the site (I'm leaving links to my own books). As soon as I can figure out the programming I'm going to add a donation button to the site. You don't need to donate anything but if you are exuberantly wealthy and the value of the site is proportionate to your wealth I want to create a pathway for you to share your largess. I reserve the right to put some links in the copy but you never have to buy anything to read my blog.
I change my mind a lot. You are forewarned. I may like Nikon next week and hate it the week before Christmas. Ditto any other brand. If you came here to kneel in worship with me to some brand of camera or light you have me confused with a church and need to re-read your Google Map.
But here's the bottom line. If I don't hear from you I'm basically working in a vacuum and it's not very much fun to toss pebbles into a pond without seeing some ripples. If you like something a little then check a box under the post. Like it a lot? Tell me why. I actually wrote something that changed your life? Wow. I'm not sure I can handle that level of responsibility.
As before, I will write what I want and when I want. One of the reasons I'm not eager to accept sponsorships is my feeling that they'll change, however subtly, my relationship with the site and I'm not into it. I'm writing because I like to write. I write about photography because I love photography and I think we have some standards and some points of view to uphold. I also think the gear affects our vision and I like writing about the connection, the attraction and the frisson.
You are free to drop out at any time.
Finally, I've been hearing an interesting line from about 25% of the people I meet when I do public speeches or photo meetings or walks. They keep telling me that I seem "joyful, funny and light-hearted" in person.....less so in my writing. I'll work on being more serious in public...
Just kidding. Please know that what I write is from my experiences. It is always meant to be light-hearted and exuberant. I'm not writing any of this for you. I'm writing it for me. And I have come to find out that is what most of you really value.
Thanks for reaching out and giving me a reason to write and share. This time around could you drop me a line from time to time and tell me how I'm doing?
See you Monday October 17th, 2011.