Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Aug 20, 2012 | 1 comment

This morning as I sat down to write my daily blog, I had one of those “Aha!” moments, but not necessarily a good one.  I realized that I think about writing this “Oysterville Daybook” in terms of pictures.  The photos that I’ve been putting up each day aren’t illustrations as I had thought.  It’s just the opposite.  The text describes the photos.  I’m really a caption writer.

Well, of course that isn’t completely true – just mostly.  Before I write my blog each morning, I consider what I want to say and what photograph(s) I will use to go with it.  If I don’t have a photo that will work, I often switch topics.  In fact, many times when I write about family or village history, it’s because I don’t have a photograph that will work for a more current situation.  Sad, but true.

All of this came to me of course, because I am having one of those computer problems that I cannot seem to solve.  When I tried to post some great regatta photos on my blog yesterday, I got an error message.  Try as I might, I could not find a way to post the photos.  Finally my blog went up without any illustrations (which many of my followers noted and wrote me about!) and I went over to Tucker’s and found Jack.

Jack was here for the regatta and is a techie genius who went clickety-click on my computer for twenty minutes or so “having a look around” and seeing all sorts of stuff that was incomprehensible to me.  His conclusion was that it was a quota thing (well, he had more specific terminology than that) that Beachdog.com would need to solve.

Of course, it was Sunday.  Techie problems always happen on the weekend.  It’s a rule.  And, depending upon how busy my Guru at Beachdog is, plus how complicated the problem, it may be a few days before I can upload photos once more.

“Well, I’m a writer and a blogger,” I told myself.  “The pictures are just icing on the cake.”  But, as it turns out, that may not be exactly true.  After all, my current book project is for Arcadia Publishing and it is basically a book of pictures with captions.  This is my third book for them.  Maybe this has caused a subtle shift in my ability to express myself with words.  Perhaps now I actually think in terms of pictures and the words follow.  No picture, nothing to say.  YIKES!

1 Comment

  1. Kitt

    Pictures are always a nice touch; however, your words paint pictures.


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