Time for another strange experiment that I've been mulling over for some time now...an OFF-TOPIC WEEK. All week this week, through Sunday, I'll be not writing about photography.
This is just a temporary interlude, not a permanent change of direction.
I must recharge my photo-enthusiast batteries. They are depleted. This relentless cold weather has limited my photographic activity and made it go temporarily dormant, which is damping down my feeling of involvement. (And before you lecture me about getting out and shooting anyway, I just don't want to. I am thoroughly, thoroughly sick of Winter, more so than I have ever been in my life. I just want it to go away.) My medical woes have depleted my vigor. My interest in photography is nearly bottomless, but my energy has temporarily gone dry. I need a little break.
Moreover, the thought of writing about several of my sundry other enthusiasms seems like it would be welcome. My birthday is this week, so I'll try this as a little present to myself, and we'll see how it goes. As I say, it'll be an experiment. Maybe I'll do it every year on my birthday week. As consolation*.
(Among other things like cars, books, coffee, pool and stereo, one of the things I'll write about is the the Secret of Happiness. I've figured it out. I still don't know the meaning of life, though, so no pronouncements on that.)
Come back next week at just this time (Monday morning), when we'll go "Around the Web" again and take the pulse of what's up in the online photo world. There is a lot happening. After that it'll be back to business as usual, with vim, vigor, and verve.
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P.S. Ctein will write about the iPad this Wednesday, as will I.
*My age is "OTD," according to my not-very-much younger brother: older than dirt. But not really. As an old person, I'm very young. But as I sometimes say, things are very different from in here where I am: for one thing, I'm thin from in here, and for another, I'm about 35. Compared to that, I'm OTD.
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Michael Martin-Morgan: "Must be the Nickel-Cadmium in our photographer veins—our batteries work much worse in cold temperatures...."
Nicholas Condon: "If you publish photos of the cars from the auto show, you won't be off topic! That will make you off-topic for Off Topic Week, though...."
ann: "Mike you need a holiday, a real holiday! To recuperate from your recent illness and to celebrate your birthday. Somewhere in the sun, take some books and just relax. And I agree about the inside/outside thing. I am alaways surprised when I catch a glimpse of my real self in a shop window...can't be me, surely; I feel about 20. Happy Birthday."
Chico Ruger: "Methinks OT Week is a bad idea. Sympathize with the problem of you having to come up with content 365 days a year and writer's block, but I come to your site for photographic stuff. Better solution IMHO is more 'best of.' (Occasional OT is OK with me. Maybe a couple of times a month.)"