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Wilson's Mesa, Colorado
Autumn Scenery in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

I’ve been hard at work not taking photographs this past week. Sometimes, you just have to spend time in the office and get the housecleaning taken care of.

I’m presently getting things together for the upcoming Autumn Photography trip to the San Juan Mountains of Colorado during the last week of September. A summer’s worth of dust and grime has built up on the camera equipment. Cleaning is underway.

On the digital front, I’m making a few changes to my online footprint. Since I’ve decided to retire from doing active photo tours and workshops, I’ll be discontinuing my Colorado Photo Tours website. It’s mostly an advertising page for my business that only gets updated when I announce dates for existing tours and new offerings. Since there will be no new dates nor existing tours, what’s the point?

My Gray Photography web site will see further integration with Image Colorado over the next year. The blog is seeing an increase in web traffic, however, I’ve never really put much effort into maximizing the SEO of the page. I don’t know that I’m too worried about the search ranking on Google. Google prioritizes search results for those who give them money and I’m not giving Google money so I don’t get much search priority.

As Mark Twain was once quoted as saying. “Obscurity and a competence – That is the life that is best worth living.”

I’ve experienced a bit of increased notoriety over the past 10 years but to be honest, I’m becoming more enamored with the concept of people not knowing who I am unless they know me and I know them. Of course, it’s difficult to remain obscure if you have an online presence. I leaning towards agreement with Mr. Clemens.

I’m also working on getting two more Stock Agencies up to date with my stock catalogs. There are the big guys and the little guys, so I’ve saved the little guys for later. Later is now. One of these days, I’ll have to write an article on doing Stock Photography. I know I mention it from time to time, but I’ve never considered myself a significant source of knowledge on it. The problem is the notoriety thing keeps coming up so I’m almost feeling compelled to start talking about it in greater detail.

As for this blog. I’m tapering off on the frequency of posts a bit. For one thing, there just isn’t that much to talk about right now. A couple – three a week seems to be the happy spot at the moment. I can’t bring myself to yammer on about gear-head issues and new camera releases and pursuing pseudo advertising shtick that provides no actual benefit to the discussions of photography. I find fan-boyism extremely boring. I’m more of a view of the road kinda guy, even though I secretly study all things technical. I just don’t care to ramble on about it.

I think I’ve trimmed down my Facebook stuff to a suitable level for now. Facebook is what it is. A lot of my readers are FB friends and associates and it’s hard to migrate that following to something different. So, when in Rome, do as the Romans do. I’ll keep my FB page, but Google+ and Twitter are worthless. I’ll probably remove myself from those platforms. Google isn’t used by anyone to any great degree and Twitter has become nothing but a political shout box. We all have our political/social viewpoints. I don’t see much point in adding to the noise.

Your mileage may vary.