Two recent comments:
Steven Palmer: "Hey, Mike, can we have more photography related articles, please? I don't mind some off topic stuff, and actually like most of it, but lately real photography related posts have been a bit thin on the ground. I don't consider putting up a photograph and link and then talking about other stuff a photography post and a short post about a photography book that's for sale is a bit of a stretch too. By the way, are Ctein and your other occasional writers coming back? I think TOP is the poorer without their contributions. Just a humble request from a longtime reader."
Dogman: "You've hit the sweet spots recently, Mike. I'm passionate about photography, a fan of Liszt's solo piano compositions and a collector of knives, albeit pocket knives instead of kitchen knives. And then there was the information on a better cup of coffee—all recommendations I fully endorse since coffee is another of my favorite endeavors. Great stuff."
There's one of the conundrums of blogging in the proverbial nutshell. As you can see from the above, "You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time."
The words are most often ascribed to Abraham Lincoln, who replaced the word "please" with the word "fool." However, the formulation is originally by John Lydgate of Bury St. Edmunds, born in Lidgate, Suffolk, an English monk and prodigiously prolific poet who lived c. 1370–c. 1451.
It's certainly an interesting issue, and one I struggle with all the time. It's complicated by the fact that not only must I try to consider what you might want to read, I also have to take into account what I am interested in.
Speaking of which, thanks for the advice on knives. My girlfriend is a great* cook, and is trying to interest me in that.
I, for my part, am trying to get over my mageirocophobia.
Gearheadism is helping; I bought a discontinued 8" Zwilling J.A. Henckels Five Star Chef's Knife off eBay (S. has one like it and I like the handle), a Wüsthof Classic 3-1/2-Inch Paring Knife (the old knife I have is a Wal-Mart knockoff of that) and I'll continue to use my Wüsthof Classic 10-Inch Bread Knife (a long-ago gift—thanks, Mom!) because there's nothing wrong with it.
Damn, and now I've gone and made yet another non-photographic post. Good thing there are gear websites out there, not to mention my own favorite photography blog (and bête noire), PetaPixel. Sorry, Steven...but never fear, I only buy kitchen knives every quarter-century or so. They last a long time.
(Thanks to Steven and Dogman)
* She thinks merely "good," but I stick by "great."
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The Lazy Aussie: "I really started appreciating the off topic stuff when I realised TOP is not a photography blog, but a blog about a guy who runs a photography blog. And that's why it's so good."
Robert Roaldi: "What you could do is, every three or four blog entries, say something controversial like 'B&W photography is more manly than colour' or 'Brand x is for wimps, brand y is for real men.' The frenzy will last for days during which you can then slip in some pieces about stereo speakers or Minnesota Fats or 'What's the longest time you spent looking at a photograph?' Appreciation of one thing leads to appreciation of other things. More thinking is good."
Steve L.: "I love the off topic stuff. I didn't know stand-up desks existed until I read about them here. I bought one and it's transformed my 54-year-old legs. I'm like a new man. Thanks Mike."