Hey, I’m back!

I didn’t really go anywhere, but you may have noticed I haven’t posted anything to the blog for a few months. I’ve been less active on the social networks as well, and I put a few of my regular creative activities on hold for a while. No B&W Project photos, no Scavenger Hunt, no hashtag themes. In fact, I haven’t been doing much photography at all lately, although I’ve continued my journey with photo art. I needed a break from my normal routines while recovering from some curves life threw at me in September and October.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I should be doing differently with my creative life. I have a lot of ideas for creative projects to pursue, some of them involving photography and photo art, others in unrelated areas. The common thread among them is to be always creating, always learning, always trying new things to keep the mind active. I hope in the new year to advance my photo art skills further, as well as to get a bit more grounded in technologies that will be the base for projects that extend beyond photography.

I’ve started experimenting with how and where to share my work. I closed my Flickr account last month, in part because I hadn’t figured out how it fit into my life, but mainly as a response to too many hacks of Yahoo’s infrastructure. I’ve let a few other accounts go idle and deleted some others as I work toward simplifying my online life. I’m trying out a new automated workflow using IFTTT for sharing images to my preferred web sites. I hope by streamlining the posting process I will be more likely to share my work more broadly, rather than the one-off posts I’ve been doing for some time.

IFTTT is an interesting technology, made more difficult by unusual API choices by some of the social networks. For example, Instagram does not provide a public API for posting images. They want you to use their app alone, and only on mobile devices. Their terms of service do not allow automated posting. Some find this bizarre, but it’s how Instagram tries to control spam. Google+ also has a limited API, making it difficult to make automatic posts, especially if you want to post to collections or communities. Google+ already has a huge comment spam problem, and they’re making a big push for more creatives to post to collections. Restricting the API to prevent posting to collections just doesn’t make sense. As I figure out my new workflow I’ll either work around these problems or drop those sites from my regular posting circuit.

So I hope to get my blog posts back up to their previous frequency and share my art more broadly to a few of the social networking sites. We’ll see how that goes for a while, and iterate until done. Haha, as if I’ll ever be done!