|Grant, last September.|
This blogging thing is a new thing for me. Got a lot to learn. Here is what Steph says:
Steph: “Bill, you should not just put any picture on a blog. Instead, you should put good pictures on the site. And ones that make sense.”
Steph has a good point. I post pictures that do not really have anything to do with what is going on in the text part of the blog. I also put up the pictures that I took, which are a little bit out of focus, and not framed well.
Here is an example of a picture I took, (a selfie) which I considered to be a great addition to the ‘ol blog.
|Open your eyes, Brodegard. You are on a bicycle.|
I am on a bicycle, cruising down a great path near Fort Snelling. I am smiling because the trees are just starting to bud, and I am delighted by the poetry of the moment. I am repeating Robert Frost in my mind: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Romantic.
A couple of problems with this picture: You can’t see the bicycle, you can’t see the path, and you can’t see the buds on the trees. Instead, you see a huge head superimposed on a brownish greenish background, the whole thing being slightly out of focus.
I am not bothered by this. In my mind, the casual reader of the blog would say: “Oh, yes! Fort Snelling! So pretty in the springtime! I should go ride my bike there!”
But Steph knows casual readers do not think that when they see the above picture. Instead, readers think: “That man is a crazy man, and has an unusually large head. Also, it kind of looks like that man’s teeth are misaligned with his massive nose. How about we go to a different blog, where we can see a picture of someone doing yoga on a sunset beach?”
Here is a helpful hint: If you are into athletic people doing yoga on a sunset beach, you should not bookmark this blog. You will always be let down.
Here is a shocking secret: I kind of like awkward pictures. I agree they are ungainly, and do not always make sense in the context of what I am writing, but they those characteristics also make them feel honest-ish. To me. Not completely honest, but closer than a yoga beach.