“A picture is worth a thousand words.”

The problem with blogging more consistently after a long stretch of inactivity and/or sporadic updates is that often everyone has moved on and it feels a lot like you’re talking to yourself. It’s like starting over from the very beginning with gathering readers. It’s harder now, too, because personal blogs have become almost obsolete in the wake of social media and so if you aren’t maintaining an active and very specific blog you’re just not interesting enough to people. Of course, I’ve never put much stock into booming stats or having tons of comments so it’s not all that different for me. Still, it does feel a bit lonely here sometimes. Maybe I should spruce up the design or something.

Anyway, aside from the brief mention of my major depression I haven’t yet gone into detail about my decline in posting. Of particular note to many is that there haven’t been any new photos here in months, which goes in direct contradiction to my proposed plans for getting more serious about my photography. In fact, you might have noticed that it’s been over a year since I had portraits taken, too. Why? Follow the jump or scroll on to find out, but fair warning to those with weak stomachs.

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Happy Spring!

Last night we had an ice storm, which seems like a natural way to usher in Spring. “Natural” here meaning this year with its relentless and seemingly endless winter.

Anyway, I’m sure you’re all wondering what in tarnation has been going on around here. And, well, there’s been an odd mix of many a thing and not so much a thing and unfortunately I can’t say with any truthfulness that any of it has exactly precluded me from posting. It’s been more that I, um, just haven’t. It’s partly because I wasn’t comfortable divulging the details, but mostly I just couldn’t work up the energy or desire to write at all. Frankly, I was having a difficult time working up the energy or desire to do much of anything, which I’m sure is clue enough what I was going through.

Suffice it to say the beginning of this year has proven very difficult for me. In fact, most of the “difficult” is still quite present and unfortunately has been joined with some other stressful events. All of this was compounded by and contributed to a rather lengthy bout of major depression. I’m happy to say that I’m feeling better. Actually, I’ve been more-or-less on the mend for several weeks now. It’s a slow and arduous process and not something I’m currently keen on blogging about. And, yes, I realize all this seems cryptic and serves only to create questions as opposed to answer them. But for now I’m just not comfortable going into the details.

As for my list of things, I actually have been working on the majority of those items. Not necessarily with any real consistency and when I find myself in the mood to, I’ll likely babble on about that here as initially planned. At any rate, I’ll try to be more consistent with this whole blogging thing. My goal is to get beyond this current once-a-month thing I have going.

Oh, and Uschi says “hi” or whatever you want to inject as conversation for her being partially sprawled across my lap as I typed this.