Thursday, January 11, 2007

re: comments and paricipation

yesterday, Mary Dennis wrote (in part): "...I know this may seem like a quiet place to you but...I hope you continue to post."

It may have seemed that I was whining about the lack of comments (ok, you got me on that one) but let me explain.

My hope for The Landscapist is that it will take on some of the characteristics connonated in various parables - casting bread upon the water, loaves and fishes, sowing seeds - found in the Bible (I should note here that Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not A Christian is one of my favorite essays/books). I interpret those parables as stories about synergy - small actions that reverberates beyond their modest beginnings, or, something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

In my dreams and visions, I see The Landscapist something like this - acting in my role as a photography-disciple, I sow seeds about photography on the waters of the www, where, thanks to the fertilizing efforts (comments and participation) of the multitude (you guys), the seeds sprout into life with many branches, leaves and fruit. In the resultant harvest of the nearly embrassing abundance of nourishment and riches, many of the multitude find their way to their own personal photographic heaven.

There you have it. It's simple enough, it's a two-way street.

So, please send your tributes and donations to: The Right Reverend Hobson, Church Under the Bridge Building Fund, Au Sable Forks, NY. OR, if you prefer, operators are standing by at our toll-free number, 1.EGO.IST.ICAL. All major credit cards accepted. Thank you.

FEATURED COMMENT: Jim Jirka wrote (in part): "...when I send my donation to the Rev Hobson, will I get that holy lucky charm as a gift of your appreciation?

publisher's comment: "No comment"

4 Comments:

Anonymous Jim Jirka said...

Mark,

I have said this in the past (elsewhere)and will say it again now...

You have given me that seed. Exactly as you describe here. Without your prodding and all of the thought provoking comments you make, I doubt that my photography would have taken the path of today.

I truly feel that the fun I am having now, freed from the bonds of "eco-porn" and seeing in a different light is strictly attributable to you.

So when I send my donation to the Rev Hobson, will I get that holy lucky charm as a gift of you're appreciation?

1/11/2007 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Jim Jirka said...

Oh BTW, Your toll free number is not accepting calls from me.

1/11/2007 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger Paul Butzi said...

If what you're hankering for is more comment participation, then moving away from blogger will help.

While Photomusings was hosted at blogger.com, I got quite a few emails from people who had trouble posting. Sometime they mailed me their comments for me to post, sometimes they just emailed saying "Jeebers, this commenting proces is a PIA!"

I do note that since Photomusings moved to http://photomusings.wordpress.com the comment volume is up. And I've not gotten any of the emailed complaints.

As a general thing, commenting on blogger is such a pain that I rarely do it anymore.

1/12/2007 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Michelle Parent said...

Mark,
I admit my time here is down, but that is due to me adjusting to being employed again with a nice new job with the State of VT. I have a lot of learning to do!
I have been reading the postings, but admit I've not commented much. I consider myself lucky to have time lately to read here. The word verification thing is a pain, since it always rejects me the first try, even if I typed it correctly.

1/12/2007 01:11:00 AM  

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