I was almost all black and white this week :) I’ve gotten a little too used to my automatic settings on my camera, so I think it’s time to start explicitly experimenting with shutter/aperture again, instead of just relying on technology.
You get a bonus picture this week. The Goodman’s sign is one I’ve been meaning to take for a few weeks now, but I keep going right when the sun stops hitting the side of the building, making for a cruddy outcome. But there’s something really fun about taking pictures of all these old signs that you can still find in various cities, little remnants of downtowns years ago.
The Middle of Things: Advice for Young Writers by Andrew Soloman is one of the best pieces I’ve read in a long, long time. If it made any logical, and legal, sense to do so, I’d quote the entire thing here. Instead, a few snippets that touched me deeply: The worst mistake anyone can make is to perceive anyone else as lesser. The deeper you look into other souls—and writing is primarily an exercise in doing just that—the clearer people’s inherent dignity becomes.
I’ve been so out of it this week. Can you tell? I’m forcing myself to get a bit of sunshine today and explore some outdoor photography, rather than taking pictures from inside (or of inside).
Last week, I went to New Orleans, LA with part of the WordPress.com Store team to work on some projects in person. It was an extremely productive trip full of great discussions and, more importantly, action items that came from our talks to continue to improve on the work that we do. Since we rented a house in the Garden District, we spent most days at home, working. As our team grew, our meetups had gotten larger and larger, so it was nice to spend a whole week with a small group, even though I missed seeing all of my coworkers. It gave us a nice opportunity to cook for each other, chit chat over dinner, and the like.