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sign and shadow


Not sure where this post is going but I found two old images that somewhat grew on me so what the hell, share them with the masses, or the few followers that enjoy this babble. And I do appreciate you following, liking or commenting.  But I’ve been reading a lot (well a little) on publicizing this blog. I’m kind of torn about this. I’m not a big Facebook fan and not sure I want some of that negativity I find more often there.

I love custom made signs. The guy in the middle is carrying a surf board if you look closely. Photo by Mike Hartley

I love custom made signs. The guy in the middle is carrying a surf board if you look closely.
Photo by Mike Hartley

I have an Instagram account, not sure I’ve ever used it. And not sure how I would integrate what I do here with that. Yeah I know, read and ask questions and make it happen. Well these wheels turn slowly. What effort and what return. And for what purpose. Yes I’d like to think as my limited skills in photography grow, that maybe that will turn into some potential jobs or sales in the future. Or if I become proficient with that Dremel tool I might just make something worth note.

Ugly cable ruined a nice wall. Photo by Mike Hartley

Ugly cable ruined a nice wall.
Photo by Mike Hartley

Hell I just looked at my setting in SEO and realized I didn’t even have the front page metadata filled out. So I have lots to learn still and lots to grow in technical ability here to make this site better and more accessible for people looking for this random opinion and view of life and the images during my journey. Just like I have a lot to learn in the photography area. I still shoot in jpeg instead of raw, I still don’t have any post processing tools.

So lots of studying and actions to take to get this in a more professional state. Who knows, it might help me in all aspects of my life. I’ve been a bit lax on the technical side because the creative side is much more fun. Its kept my spirits up when I don’t feel my best. It gives me something to look forward to. As I age I also find myself less enamored with the technical end than the creative part. Probably because I’ve done technical work a good portion of my life. But I also realize both have to be done well to make it successful. So as in life, I must find balance in my presentation and organization. Yeah right.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

3 thoughts on “sign and shadow

  1. Mike, I struggled with how to publicize my blog back when I started. I created a Facebook page with my blog name, and shared on my personal Facebook page. But, Facebook changes what we see every month or so, and it just didn’t seem worth the time. I love the thought of Instagram, but, alas, I don’t have a smart phone. When I look at the blogs of other card makers, they have all the social media links. I get that everyone has their favorite platform, but it all seems so redundant. So, I am grateful for those that stop by and comment or like (or just views!). Maybe at some point I will get ambitious and try to make it bigger.

    • Thanks so much for sharing your experiences Kathy. I’m not sure I even have the time to manage all those different social media sites. But Instagram does have some appeal. I’ve wanted to do more iPhone photography. I’m also thankful for those that swing by to view my photos and words. I love your work Kathy. Keep it going and word will spread. Actually I find the reward more in just doing it and challenging myself to improve. And to embarrass myself less often each post.

      • Thanks for your support, Mike! I need to do something creative (whether it is a card, a batch of cookies, take amateur photos) every day to feel good. Might as well post it here, maybe it will make someone else smile.

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