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Friday, July 27, 2012

Apologies



A long time ago my wife gave me this little refrigerator magnet.  I'm not really sure why she gave it to me.  Maybe I was doing just that with my pen & ink drawings at the time.  I still have the magnet and it makes a good topic for this post.

Quite often I read in people's blogs where they apologize for their picture being out of focus, over exposed, under exposed, in the shade or whatever.  If I look at a blurry photo on your blog and you apologize for it, it doesn't make it any better.  Oh my, it looks much nicer now.  It is your blog, and you can put on it anything you want.  Your blog is your art.  No apologies necessary.

Also, I don't feel you need to apologize for not posting either.  Often I read "I'm sorry for not posting lately..."  Well you damn well better be. I was getting pretty pissed about it!  I honestly do not think anybody's feelings are being hurt by you not posting.  We enjoy and appreciate when you do, or we wouldn't be following you.  It's okay, really it is.

Anyway, this is something I've been wanting to get off my chest for some time now, so there, I did it.  Sorry the picture is a little off.  It was taken with my point & click camera out in the garage.  I was too close for the flash and was trying to hold the camera still, not having much luck in doing so.






17 comments:

  1. I like this! Thats about all I have to say really.

    SM

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  2. No apologies needed! I had to smile - as you apologized for the photo - seems we all think we owe everyone an explanation for everything we do or don't do! Is this good manners, or just a knee-jerk reaction? Not sure, and I will not apologize for getting on my soapbox - I will just get off now!

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  3. Great Topic

    I have never understood why people who blog feel the need to apologize for their actions -- it is after all their blog to do with as they see fit.

    Bloggers clearly carry over life-habits into their blogs, and especially for those who are newly retired and may not have acclimated to the idea that no one is telling them they have to blog daily, or weekly, or ever! If they are blogging to family I'm sure their family knows them well enough to know that a lapse in blogging is probably just life, and not some major catastrophe or health event.

    But I do admit that sometimes I wonder why people bother posting blurry images. No one says you have to put up images. And unless it's a once in a lifetime moment a blurry image will always be just a blurry image. If they forced themselves to throw away those bad ones, perhaps they might sort of regret not having taken the time to take a NOT blurry one, and next time take a few extra moments to get a better picture. That way their blog would actually get BETTER because of their discipline.

    I don't mind blurry -- but I like discipline better. Just one Opinion.

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  4. i agree with your second point - most of us follow so many blogs that if someone 'goes missing' for a few days, we probably won't notice. however, i am one to apologize for bad lighting, blurs, etc. it makes me feel better pointing out the fact that i KNOW the photo sucks but the subject is worthwhile. so there. :P

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  5. Totally agree! And your last two sentences are just hilarious :-)
    Have a great weekend!

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  6. The Friday rant!
    Love the magnet.

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  7. Good point, but I do think bloggers like to acknowledge that they know some of their photos have major flaws, but still they want to participate. I'll try to not apologize...but I can't promise I never again will. :))

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  8. I love it when you speak your mind...just like I do. It is to therapeutic. Just wanted to tell you it would have been cute to see you in a skirt in front of the fan. I tell you she was having a ball...it was hotter than Hell that day as it continues to be day after day. Bud is heading out tomorrow from the 1 day respite in the monsoon hostel. Heaven only know where he is headed. He is continually changing his plans. He tells me that is the prerogative of the hiker. As his photos come in I will post them. He let his battery run down on the iPhone so missed sending back beautiful views. We will have to wait for those til he returns and we get them off his NEW shockproof/waterproof Canon fabulous Point and Shoot. It is really an impressive camera and it can take any abuse he hands out! genie

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  9. never a truer word spoken.....I trust what you say John, i will never moan about my photos again and let people judge them for what they are.
    Shaun
    July Giveaway @ ValleysShutterBug

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  10. You made my day, and I've been guilty of both...lol

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  11. Point taken. Thanks for the post. Nice companion shot too.

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  12. This is the first time at your blog, I love it. I think most of us blogger are guilty of one of these two things. I like your ending to this post.

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  13. Good words to remember.

    Oh, and I'm sorry for not commenting sooner. ;-)

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  14. This gave me a chuckle .. so many of us are absolutely guilty of these points. I probably agree with Tex Girl ... I just want you to know that I KNOW the picture sucks! LOL!

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  15. Yeah, but people do this because they THINK they have to. I don't feel it is about their art or photograph as much as it is about how they lead their life. However I loved this post, the way you write always cracks me up.

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  16. I don't tend to apologize, but I am guilty of trying very hard to phrase things so as not to offend or to appear somewhat neutral when I get on hot topics. I don't want to provoke a fight...but I also want to honestly speak my mind. It's a difficult balance sometimes. Oddly enough I enjoy reading posts where people are flat out honest like this one here, but have a hard time allowing myself the same freedom. Perhaps I'm afraid I don't have the same wit to carry it off!

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