Hi y'all, it's me in the present moment. Back again.
Coupla things: this Friday we'll publish the "Baker's Dozen." (if you've never heard the expression, a baker's dozen is 13 of something—from an old practice whereby if you bought a dozen of something, an extra was added for good measure. The term dates from the late 16th century and various origins are claimed for it. You can Google it and poke around in the various stories if you feel like learning more.)
This week our Baker's Dozen will be 13 JPEG representations of contact prints from 4x5-inch or larger sheet film, which I put out the call for on Monday the 16th. I'll just edit the ones that were sent to me and present 13 that I thought were interesting. (No judgement implied—so if yours doesn't appear, please don't think I'm saying it's not "good." As with the Featured Comments, I'll be picking representative submissions, not necessarily the "best" ones. But if you want yours picked, note that the quality of the illustration[s] is paramount.) This time I'll be giving precedence to people who make contact prints, since that was what was called for. If you scan your film, we'll get around to calling for that at some point as well, if we keep this up.
When I post the Baker's Dozen I'll include instructions as to how to put your own image into a Comment. So even if yours wasn't chosen you'll be able to contribute it to the discussion if you feel like it.
'Around the Web' every two weeks
Re "Around the Web": People seemed to like those. It might not look like it, but those are a lot of work to put together—it takes me all week to do it. So what I'll try this Fall is to publish an "Around the Web" post every other week on Friday, instead of every week. Having two weeks to build each of those posts will be easier and should make it possible to continue the practice regularly. Having been away, for instance, I haven't started on the next one yet, and there's no way I could pull a good one together between now and Friday.
Then, on the alternate Fridays, I'll present the Baker's Dozen—submissions from readers of a particular kind of work. I'll put out the call two weeks in advance to give you a chance to submit. I'll put out the next call for work in the post after this one.
I'll be trying my best to think up quirky categories. (I was going to list some samples, but I don't want people to jump the gun and send me things early.) I think I can come up with some quirky categories! Heh.
I think I'll also try to post a "Classic" older post or article on the weekend days. People seemed to like those, and a number of you suggested I do so.
All these plans are only that—plans. Everything on the Web is an experiment, spaghetti thrown at the wall to see what sticks. We'll try it; if it works, we'll keep going; if it doesn't, we'll move on. Never take anything as a promise. Well, until I become a mighty corporation with dozens of employees, that is, as a stepping stone to World Dominion.
Don't hold your breath on that. :-)
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