Boy, that was some break!

I’m back!

At the end of last year I said I’d be back in January. Well, here it is, the end of April, and I’m finally posting again.

I won’t bore you by going into why I haven’t posted, but I’ll be posting again on a regular basis. See you soon!


Who knew WordPress provided an end-of-year report?

I said I wouldn’t post anything until January, but I wasn’t expecting WP to write a post for me!

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

I’m over Etsy.

I’ve tried my best for a couple of years, but it’s time to face the truth: my shop on Etsy is going nowhere. I’ve put it in vacation mode and will be closing officially on New Year’s Eve.

I’m still a photographer; nothing can change that.

This blog, and, will remain active. I don’t plan on posting to either again until early next year. Maybe I’ll post more often now that the pressure to be a financial success is off my shoulders.

Thanks for reading this. Thanks following me. I’ll be back in a few weeks.

New Work at TheiPhoneographyBlog!


Sepia photo of a lone person on a ferry

I’ve just added a bunch of work to the galleries of my mobile photography blog, Surf on over and take a look! I hope you’ll like what you see.

I’m celebrating!

I have just spent the last week (yikes!) completely re-writing my SEO. (That’s short for “search engine optimization”, which is how you get found on Etsy.) It’s been quite the experience, know what I mean?

Anyway, as we all know, celebrations call for presents! So here’s my present to you.

Please use the coupon code THANKYOU10OFF for — you guessed it — 10% off anything in the store through October 10. Ladies and gentlemen, start your holiday shopping now! Just surf on over to —

Or better still, just click on the word “Shop” at the top of the page.


Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your favorite internet sites loaded at a snail’s pace, what would you do?

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV.

What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast, Cox, Time Warner, and Verizon?

Today, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality.

Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

Get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: Get creative! See you on the net!

via Battle For The Net.

Etsy Wholesale

As you can probably guess from the  title of this post, Etsy is more than just a gazillion individual artists and crafters trying to make a few bucks from their creative efforts. They also have a wholesale section for retail buyers looking for interesting handmade items. They could be buying for a small brick and mortar store, department stores, or major catalog houses such as Pottery Barn.

I applied a few weeks ago, figuring I had nothing to lose. On my application I explained that while I had no experience selling wholesale, I was a government buyer for over 20 years. Having been one, I knew what professional buyers wanted, needed, and expected, and that I’d have no problem working with them.

I found out tonight I got in.

I’m not sure what’s next, but I’m looking forward to starting the new phase of the business.

Finally! 100 listings on Etsy!

B/W photo, deserted house, empty room with picture window

Deserted Room, Norfolk, VA

In case you were wondering why I hadn’t posted in a while, I was working on an important goal.

It’s taken a while to get there, but I did it! 100 listings on Etsy!

This is kind of a big deal; you apparently don’t really start to get found in search until you hit the 100 mark.

I have an actual “About” page!

I finally got around to filling my about page! Go me!

I actually had a plan today…

The Boardwalk Art Show runs through tomorrow. I had planned to go today. It was going to be perfect art show weather – not too hot or humid. Ten or so blocks of great art for the price of gas and whatever Virginia Beach charges to park down at the oceanfront these days. It’s the biggest show around here and I don’t want to miss it. I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks.

So what did I do? I spent the entire day in front of my mac, working on images for my shop!

It all started when I had an idea for changing one little thing on one image in my Etsy shop, One little thing! That was at ten this morning. I only just finished a while ago, and I’m still not done. You change one image, which leads to changing another. And another. Before you know it, you’ve reworked a bunch of images and it’s ten at night.

The show ends tomorrow, so that gives me one more day to go down there and get inspired. I will be down there tomorrow, and I will get inspired; I’m insisting on it. Especially the inspired part.