Blogging

In January of 2009, I started something I had vowed I'd never do: I began publishing a blog. Why would I do such a thing? My email-buddy Pierre had launched a daily photographic newsletter called "PicOvZeDay" on November 3, 2008. His intention was to publish one or more daily photos of various topics; his only selection criterion was that any posted picture had to have been taken on that day (though not necessarily in the same year). I was greatly impressed with Pierre's courage: committing to publishing daily is not easy! Around the same time I discussed photography with several people, most of whom were of the opinion that it was no wonder that some of my photographs were not bad since I had excellent equipment. This argument has always annoyed me, first because it's like explaining a chef's good meal by the quality of his pots and pans, and second because many of the most famous photographers worked with equipment that was far less sophisticated than most of today's point and shoot cameras.

To make a long story short, in January of 2009 I decided to embark on a blogging experiment. The original idea was to publish 365 entries, a year's worth, at a rhythm of approximately four or five a week. Every post had to feature just one photo, invariably taken with the absolutely simplest camera I own, the one found in the first and second generation iPhone. In accordance with my intended publishing frequency, and to forestall any expectations as to the depth of the contributions, I subtitled the blog "An almost daily dose of lasting inconsequence..."

I began on January 25 and "preloaded" the blog with three older photos just so the page would not look so miserably empty. By early February, having skipped a few days here and there as planned, the challenge of posting daily began to sound not only feasible but downright appealing. On February 11, I decided to try not to skip any more days, and amazingly, I was able to stick to that. I closed down the blog on February 10, 2010. That day, I published entry number 380, and the 365th one without skipping a single day. For those wishing to explore the blog, it is still on-line on my alternate web site. The grid of photos below provides access to the first entry of each month; from there, the "Next" and "Previous" links may be used to scroll through the entries:

Daniel's iPhone Photo Blog

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February 2010

In the course of the blog's life, I presented 380 iPhone photos, linked to 102 additional ones, embedded 4 iPhone-recorded sounds, provided 212 additional links, either to non-iPhone photos or to other sites, and wrote over 50,000 words, easily the equivalent of a short novel. One of the things I learned is that the importance we assign to the various tasks we have to complete is totally arbitrary and bears little, if any, resemblance to reality. Let's face it, it's clear that publishing something to this blog was just about the most unimportant thing in the known universe. Not doing so would have had no consequences whatsoever. Yet, when I was short of time, or traveling between France and the United States, or undecided what to post, my stress level would increase dramatically to the point where few things mattered more than to post something, anything. Just having set this objective for myself (and not wanting to fail meeting it) made this daily task one of the most important things in the world for me. It's quite interesting, really.

Early on, I placed a counter on the blog in an attempt to check how many people bothered reading it. I must admit that this was not thought through well at all: I placed the counter on the main screen of the blog, the one that people who subscribed to the RSS feed never actually went to! Also, some people told me that they tended to go to the blog once every few days and read several entries in one session. In such cases, only one visit would be counted. It is not entirely clear to me how I could have avoided that short of placing a counter on every page and then adding things up manually. In any event, the counter reading is, in all likelihood, too low by a considerable margin.

In addition to the photo grid shown above, there are two additional ways to explore (or re-visit) the blog: one is to search the Archives, the other to consult the alphabetical list of entry names shown below. What remains is to reiterate what I wrote in the last blog entry on February 10: a heart-felt thank-you to all who have supported me throughout this project and who have offered their encouragement on the blog itself, by email, or in person. I probably won't blog for a while, but if I ever do again, you'll be the first to know!

Index of Blog Entries

007   (Fri, Oct 9, 2009) Goéland   (Mon, Jan 18, 2010) Privacy   (Fri, Aug 7, 2009)
2CV   (Wed, Apr 22, 2009) Good Friday   (Fri, Apr 10, 2009) Puki   (Tue, Sep 29, 2009)
A Day in Switzerland   (Sat, Dec 6, 2008) Gourdon   (Sun, Mar 29, 2009) Purple Daisies   (Tue, Apr 14, 2009)
A New Ship in Town   (Sun, Jan 4, 2009) Green   (Tue, Mar 17, 2009) Quatre Chemins   (Wed, Sep 9, 2009)
Airport   (Sat, Feb 21, 2009) Gugelhupf   (Thu, Dec 3, 2009) Quest   (Tue, Nov 24, 2009)
Alley   (Fri, Mar 13, 2009) Halloween   (Sat, Oct 31, 2009) Queue   (Thu, Dec 17, 2009)
Amaryllis   (Thu, Jul 23, 2009) Hallway   (Fri, Jun 12, 2009) Quickly!   (Mon, Dec 14, 2009)
Americane Frite   (Tue, Sep 8, 2009) Harbor Sunset   (Wed, Jul 1, 2009) Quiet Time   (Sun, Oct 4, 2009)
Analia   (Mon, Sep 21, 2009) Haven   (Sat, Feb 7, 2009) Rain   (Sun, Mar 1, 2009)
Anouk   (Sat, Aug 8, 2009) Hedonism   (Thu, Feb 4, 2010) Ramparts   (Thu, Oct 22, 2009)
Apple Store   (Sat, Jan 9, 2010) Hibernating   (Thu, Dec 10, 2009) Recital   (Fri, Oct 23, 2009)
Apples and Oranges   (Sat, Apr 4, 2009) Home Delivery   (Sun, Sep 6, 2009) Recycling   (Sun, May 10, 2009)
Arcades   (Tue, Jun 2, 2009) Homebound   (Sun, Jan 17, 2010) Red Hot Chili Peppers   (Thu, Jan 28, 2010)
Armistice   (Wed, Nov 11, 2009) Honeymoon   (Fri, Jan 15, 2010) Reflection   (Thu, Jul 9, 2009)
Arrivals   (Sat, Aug 22, 2009) Hook   (Fri, Nov 13, 2009) Rest   (Thu, May 21, 2009)
Autumn   (Fri, Nov 6, 2009) Horse   (Sat, Jun 6, 2009) Reunion   (Wed, Jan 13, 2010)
Autumn Day   (Sun, Nov 22, 2009) Hose   (Thu, Mar 12, 2009) Roadwork   (Fri, Aug 21, 2009)
Aven   (Fri, May 22, 2009) Hot and Cold   (Fri, Feb 5, 2010) Rocks   (Tue, Nov 17, 2009)
Balcony   (Sat, Nov 14, 2009) Hours   (Tue, Jun 9, 2009) Rodent Birds   (Sat, Jan 23, 2010)
Bananas   (Mon, May 11, 2009) Humboldt Penguin   (Tue, Dec 15, 2009) Roland Garros   (Mon, May 25, 2009)
Bare   (Tue, Nov 10, 2009) Ice Cream   (Wed, May 27, 2009) Rooftop   (Sun, Mar 15, 2009)
Basel   (Tue, Aug 25, 2009) Ice-Skating   (Mon, Dec 7, 2009) Rue d’Antibes   (Sat, Apr 11, 2009)
BB   (Sat, Nov 7, 2009) Inclement   (Sun, Jan 10, 2010) Rue Masséna   (Fri, Aug 14, 2009)
BD   (Mon, Jun 8, 2009) Indian Summer   (Tue, Oct 27, 2009) Rue Mero   (Sat, May 2, 2009)
Beach   (Sun, Sep 20, 2009) Innovation   (Wed, Nov 4, 2009) Sag Harbor   (Tue, Jul 14, 2009)
Bed   (Tue, Jul 7, 2009) Innovation Revisited   (Fri, Jan 22, 2010) Saint Blaise Festival   (Sun, Feb 8, 2009)
Beetle   (Mon, Sep 28, 2009) Instant Zen   (Thu, Jan 14, 2010) Saint Cassien   (Sun, May 31, 2009)
Belltower   (Fri, May 29, 2009) Invasion   (Tue, Dec 22, 2009) Saint Raphaël   (Sun, Jun 28, 2009)
Bermond   (Thu, May 7, 2009) Iris   (Wed, May 13, 2009) Saint-Honorat   (Sun, Apr 5, 2009)
Bibliothèque   (Mon, Aug 17, 2009) Jasmine   (Fri, Nov 27, 2009) Saleya   (Sat, Apr 25, 2009)
Bikes   (Thu, Sep 17, 2009) Jean Bart   (Mon, Jun 29, 2009) Sand Sculptures   (Fri, Oct 30, 2009)
Bikinis   (Sat, Mar 28, 2009) Jean Gabin   (Thu, Oct 15, 2009) Sanremo   (Sat, May 30, 2009)
Bolin Creek   (Mon, Jul 27, 2009) Jennyanydots   (Sat, Feb 6, 2010) Scamandre   (Mon, Mar 16, 2009)
Bombardier   (Thu, May 28, 2009) JFK   (Fri, Jul 31, 2009) Schwertlilien   (Thu, May 14, 2009)
Bonsai   (Sun, Apr 12, 2009) Jordan Lake   (Wed, Jul 29, 2009) Scooter   (Thu, Jul 16, 2009)
Books   (Fri, Jul 24, 2009) Joueuse   (Wed, Aug 12, 2009) Seasonal Changes   (Wed, Jan 28, 2009)
Botanic   (Sat, May 16, 2009) Juan-les-Pins   (Sun, Dec 27, 2009) Seaview   (Tue, Apr 7, 2009)
BP Plascassier   (Sun, Jun 21, 2009) Kandinsky?   (Thu, Jan 21, 2010) Self-Portrait   (Mon, Aug 10, 2009)
Braguette   (Fri, May 8, 2009) Kawa   (Wed, Dec 9, 2009) Service   (Wed, Jul 22, 2009)
Break   (Wed, Oct 14, 2009) Kiddie Fun   (Sat, Dec 26, 2009) Shelter From the Storm   (Tue, Feb 3, 2009)
Breakfast   (Fri, May 1, 2009) Kings Park   (Mon, Jul 13, 2009) Shovel   (Tue, May 19, 2009)
BS   (Sun, Dec 13, 2009) Kitsch   (Wed, Dec 16, 2009) Signs   (Thu, Jun 25, 2009)
Building B   (Mon, Feb 23, 2009) Kitties   (Wed, Jan 27, 2010) Sleep   (Fri, Oct 16, 2009)
Butts   (Thu, Apr 16, 2009) Knots   (Mon, Feb 8, 2010) Smith Haven Mall   (Sun, Jul 12, 2009)
By the Dawn's Early Light...   (Thu, Feb 5, 2009) Koi   (Fri, May 15, 2009) Snow Leopard   (Sat, Aug 29, 2009)
Café   (Sat, Mar 21, 2009) La Bouillide   (Fri, Feb 27, 2009) Solex   (Sat, Sep 26, 2009)
Cafeteria   (Tue, Mar 24, 2009) La Ferme Bermond   (Wed, Feb 25, 2009) Something’s Fishy...   (Sun, Nov 23, 2008)
Cancerilles   (Sun, Mar 8, 2009) La Piazza   (Sat, Apr 18, 2009) Southern Village   (Fri, Nov 20, 2009)
Cannes Beach   (Tue, Jun 16, 2009) Labels   (Tue, May 5, 2009) Spot   (Wed, Oct 28, 2009)
Cap 3000   (Sat, Jul 4, 2009) Lady   (Mon, Nov 16, 2009) Spring   (Sun, Mar 22, 2009)
Carlton   (Wed, Oct 7, 2009) Lamb   (Sat, May 23, 2009) Squirrel Lake   (Thu, Oct 29, 2009)
Carrefour de la Jarre   (Tue, Feb 17, 2009) Lamp   (Fri, Oct 2, 2009) St. Martin's   (Fri, Sep 4, 2009)
Carts   (Mon, Aug 24, 2009) Leaves   (Tue, Mar 10, 2009) Stage   (Mon, May 18, 2009)
Casino   (Sat, Jun 20, 2009) Lemons   (Thu, Mar 5, 2009) Stately   (Fri, Feb 13, 2009)
Cavillore   (Sun, May 24, 2009) Letters   (Wed, Dec 23, 2009) Stella   (Wed, May 6, 2009)
Cereal Recession   (Mon, Feb 2, 2009) Low Profile   (Sun, Oct 25, 2009) Steps   (Fri, Jul 10, 2009)
Champion   (Fri, Apr 3, 2009) Lunchtime   (Sun, Dec 20, 2009) Stop this blog...   (Wed, Feb 10, 2010)
Château   (Sun, Apr 26, 2009) Madison   (Thu, Aug 6, 2009) Strelitzia   (Wed, Jul 8, 2009)
Check-Up   (Mon, Sep 7, 2009) Marzipan   (Sat, Oct 24, 2009) Sunbath   (Wed, Mar 25, 2009)
Chocolate   (Sat, Sep 5, 2009) Masts   (Wed, Aug 5, 2009) Sunlight   (Mon, Mar 2, 2009)
Circus   (Sun, Aug 16, 2009) Médiathèque   (Mon, Feb 16, 2009) Sunrise   (Mon, Aug 31, 2009)
Clara   (Thu, Sep 24, 2009) Meynadier   (Sun, Jun 14, 2009) Suquet   (Sun, Apr 19, 2009)
Coffee   (Tue, Jun 23, 2009) Meynadier Revisited   (Wed, Jun 17, 2009) Swiss Alligator   (Sat, Aug 1, 2009)
Condomeria   (Thu, Aug 27, 2009) Meynadier-by-Night   (Sat, Oct 10, 2009) Tacky   (Mon, Nov 9, 2009)
Construction   (Thu, Jun 11, 2009) Mirabelle   (Sun, Aug 2, 2009) Tasty Stuff   (Mon, Feb 9, 2009)
Copperline   (Wed, Jul 15, 2009) Miséricorde   (Fri, Sep 11, 2009) Ten   (Sat, Jan 31, 2009)
Couleurs du Sud   (Mon, Mar 30, 2009) Mittleri Brugg   (Fri, Aug 28, 2009) TER   (Sun, Oct 18, 2009)
Covers   (Fri, Apr 24, 2009) Monastery   (Mon, Apr 6, 2009) Terminal F   (Wed, Dec 2, 2009)
Cracker Barrel   (Tue, Jul 28, 2009) Montparnasse   (Wed, Jun 10, 2009) Terrace   (Fri, Mar 20, 2009)
Crates   (Sat, Oct 17, 2009) Mother's Day   (Sun, Jun 7, 2009) Thanksgiving   (Thu, Nov 26, 2009)
Crisis   (Tue, May 26, 2009) Mulhouse   (Wed, Aug 26, 2009) Thatch   (Wed, Mar 18, 2009)
Croisette   (Sat, Sep 12, 2009) Mushrooms   (Sat, Jun 13, 2009) The Bank   (Wed, Feb 18, 2009)
Croissants   (Sat, Aug 15, 2009) Nap   (Sat, Jun 27, 2009) The Billionaire   (Sat, Feb 28, 2009)
Cyclamen   (Tue, Mar 31, 2009) Natasha   (Sun, Aug 30, 2009) The Hunters   (Wed, Feb 11, 2009)
Dandelion   (Mon, Apr 13, 2009) NCE   (Sat, Mar 7, 2009) The Main   (Thu, Apr 23, 2009)
Dead End   (Fri, Jan 8, 2010) Negotiation   (Sun, Oct 11, 2009) Theoretically...   (Sun, Jan 25, 2009)
Dealership   (Sat, Jul 25, 2009) Nespresso   (Thu, Jun 18, 2009) Tibet   (Thu, Oct 1, 2009)
Defenders   (Wed, Nov 18, 2009) Night   (Sun, Aug 23, 2009) Timeliness   (Fri, Jul 3, 2009)
Departure   (Sat, Jan 2, 2010) No School   (Tue, Apr 21, 2009) Toilets   (Tue, Oct 13, 2009)
Do as I say...   (Thu, Aug 20, 2009) Noël   (Wed, May 20, 2009) Tour de l'Europe   (Thu, Sep 3, 2009)
Do Not Disturb   (Mon, Oct 19, 2009) Norma Jeane   (Sat, Dec 19, 2009) Tourism   (Sat, Oct 3, 2009)
Doggie Bags   (Wed, Sep 2, 2009) North Africa   (Wed, Feb 3, 2010) Towels   (Sun, Nov 8, 2009)
Double-Parking   (Mon, Jan 25, 2010) Nostalgia   (Sat, Sep 19, 2009) Town Beach   (Tue, Jun 30, 2009)
Doubt   (Sun, Feb 15, 2009) November Skies   (Tue, Nov 3, 2009) Trompe-l'œil   (Tue, Feb 9, 2010)
Downpour   (Fri, Jul 17, 2009) Nurse Prevention   (Mon, Nov 2, 2009) Trout   (Wed, Mar 4, 2009)
Drugstore   (Tue, Dec 29, 2009) Nursery   (Wed, Sep 23, 2009) Tunnel   (Mon, Sep 14, 2009)
Dryer   (Sun, May 3, 2009) O Holy Night   (Thu, Dec 24, 2009) Ugly   (Mon, Jun 1, 2009)
Dusk   (Thu, Feb 12, 2009) Oasis   (Fri, Jun 26, 2009) Uncomfortable   (Thu, Oct 8, 2009)
Eastgate   (Mon, Nov 23, 2009) Observant   (Tue, Aug 18, 2009) Uncomplaining   (Sat, Nov 21, 2009)
Ebony and Ivory   (Tue, Jan 27, 2009) Old Cannes   (Mon, Apr 20, 2009) Uncouth?   (Wed, Jan 20, 2010)
Eganaude   (Tue, Mar 3, 2009) Oldie Ads   (Fri, Sep 25, 2009) Under that tree...   (Tue, Feb 2, 2010)
Elmo's   (Mon, Nov 30, 2009) Olive Tree Alley   (Wed, Jun 24, 2009) Unusual   (Tue, Jan 5, 2010)
Empty   (Wed, Mar 11, 2009) Ominous   (Wed, Sep 16, 2009) Up and down   (Sun, Feb 7, 2010)
End of Season   (Sun, Nov 1, 2009) Optician   (Mon, Jan 11, 2010) Valbonne   (Fri, Jan 1, 2010)
Endermologie   (Fri, Feb 6, 2009) Optimism   (Fri, Mar 6, 2009) Varsity   (Sat, Nov 28, 2009)
Envibus   (Fri, Sep 18, 2009) Organic   (Thu, Jul 30, 2009) Vauban   (Fri, Mar 27, 2009)
Epiphany   (Wed, Jan 6, 2010) Outdoor Recr. Center   (Sun, Nov 29, 2009) Vespa   (Tue, Jan 12, 2010)
Espaces   (Thu, Apr 2, 2009) Outside   (Thu, Mar 26, 2009) Vieille Ville   (Mon, Apr 27, 2009)
Esplanade   (Tue, Apr 28, 2009) Overgrown   (Thu, Apr 30, 2009) Vineyard   (Mon, Mar 9, 2009)
Evacuation   (Tue, Sep 22, 2009) Pads   (Sun, Sep 13, 2009) VIP Steps   (Mon, Dec 28, 2009)
Exhibit   (Mon, Oct 12, 2009) Pain   (Fri, Jun 5, 2009) Vitamin-Man   (Fri, Jan 29, 2010)
Façade   (Mon, Dec 21, 2009) Palace   (Sun, May 17, 2009) Waiting   (Sat, Jul 11, 2009)
Fearrington   (Tue, Jul 21, 2009) Palais des Papes   (Thu, Apr 9, 2009) Waves   (Wed, Oct 21, 2009)
Ferris Wheel   (Sun, Dec 6, 2009) Palm   (Tue, Jan 19, 2010) WC   (Thu, Nov 19, 2009)
Fête de la Musique   (Fri, Jun 19, 2009) Parking   (Wed, Aug 19, 2009) Weaver Street Market   (Wed, Nov 25, 2009)
Finally   (Tue, Sep 15, 2009) Parrot   (Wed, Apr 29, 2009) Well-being   (Thu, Sep 10, 2009)
Fire In The Sky   (Thu, Nov 5, 2009) Patrick Henry   (Thu, Aug 13, 2009) William Tell   (Tue, Sep 1, 2009)
Fireplug   (Sun, Jul 26, 2009) Pattern   (Sat, Jul 18, 2009) Wilmington   (Sun, Jul 19, 2009)
Fishing Boat   (Sun, Jan 3, 2010) Paul   (Sun, Aug 9, 2009) Wimbledon   (Sun, Jul 5, 2009)
Fixer-upper   (Mon, Oct 5, 2009) Pebbles   (Tue, Aug 4, 2009) Windy Christmas   (Fri, Dec 25, 2009)
Flamingos   (Sat, Mar 14, 2009) Pelorus   (Tue, Oct 20, 2009) Wine and Cheese Shop   (Sat, Dec 5, 2009)
Flowers   (Sat, May 9, 2009) Père Noël   (Tue, Dec 8, 2009) Winter   (Sun, Jan 31, 2010)
FNAC   (Sat, Jan 30, 2010) Perspective   (Thu, Jan 29, 2009) Wisteria   (Wed, Apr 15, 2009)
Foam   (Mon, Feb 1, 2010) Pétanque   (Tue, Oct 6, 2009) Woods   (Tue, Feb 24, 2009)
For Monks Only   (Sun, Sep 27, 2009) Picnic   (Tue, Aug 11, 2009) Work Lunch   (Fri, Feb 20, 2009)
Forville   (Sat, Feb 14, 2009) Place Méjane   (Sun, Feb 22, 2009) Wrightsville Beach   (Mon, Jul 20, 2009)
Four Aces   (Wed, Sep 30, 2009) Plaque   (Thu, Jul 2, 2009) Xanaka   (Tue, Jan 26, 2010)
Fox   (Fri, Apr 17, 2009) Plateau Saint Barnabé   (Mon, Mar 23, 2009) Xmas Shopping   (Fri, Dec 4, 2009)
Fruit   (Mon, Jul 6, 2009) Playful   (Thu, Mar 19, 2009) Yachtswoman   (Sat, Jan 16, 2010)
Fungus   (Fri, Dec 11, 2009) Playground   (Mon, May 4, 2009) Year-end rush   (Thu, Dec 31, 2009)
Garbejaïre   (Mon, Jun 15, 2009) Poissons d'Avril   (Wed, Apr 1, 2009) Yellow   (Thu, Feb 19, 2009)
Gardening   (Mon, Aug 3, 2009) Police   (Mon, Oct 26, 2009) You're in for a treat   (Wed, Dec 30, 2009)
Gates   (Wed, Jun 3, 2009) Pollution   (Thu, Jun 4, 2009) Yuletide Arithmetic   (Fri, Dec 18, 2009)
Gendarmerie   (Thu, Feb 26, 2009) Pont d'Avignon   (Wed, Apr 8, 2009) Yum!   (Mon, Jan 4, 2010)
Gimghoul   (Tue, Dec 1, 2009) Pool   (Mon, Jun 22, 2009) Zen   (Sun, Nov 15, 2009)
Glacier   (Thu, Jan 7, 2010) Poppies   (Tue, May 12, 2009) Zoo   (Thu, Nov 12, 2009)
Goats   (Sun, Jan 24, 2010) Postcards   (Sat, Dec 12, 2009)  




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