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Random aside:   WOW Is it RAINING much??!!!

It's been a very long summer.  All kind of a blur.  I'm one of those people who gets energized by Fall.   It sparks my creative energy.   I put in likely 15 hours yesterday doing long overdue work on my photography business.  So I'm feeling accomplished and while a tad bit tired, not exhausted at all.  I think back to 2008 when I was considering launching my own business.  Photography was not on the list of potentials back then.   I felt like I was moving through sludge to try to figure out what and how and if I even wanted to do it.  And the answer kept coming back NO.

What is the line by John Lennon, "Life is what happens when you are making other plans?"   This feels something like that.  I've always loved photography.   I almost majored in it back in college, but didn't for many reasons.    Mostly (but not only) because frankly back then darkroom work bored and frustrated me.  Way too slow and cumbersome.   (Ironic now because I'm considering enrolling in a darkroom class; which would be my first since I was about 19 years old.)  I received my first camera when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  It was a Brownie.  I'm pretty sure it was this one below.  I can still remember opening the package.  When my daughter was born I was constantly taking photos of her with our Canon EOS film camera.   Bob was always telling me to stop taking photos because I was "wasting film!"  I cataloged all my negatives and marked the back of all prints with the cataloged negative reference numbers.
But still.  Doing photography on a professional basis never occurred to me in 2008.   It's been so gradual.  And while it has not been effortless.  It *feels* like it's effortless.

While I'm not done, I spent a good deal of time yesterday resolving several issues I had with my two main photography websites.  While I still have some tweaking, I'm pretty happy with them right now.  Plus all of my various sites and social media sites are not somewhat hooked together.

Below are various screenshots of all the sites/pages.  In very random order because I'm too lazy to move them around.

GlimpseAMoment Twitter account

KCP Tumblr accouunt


KCP Photoblog (Wordpress).
This is the one hosted on my Karen Cooke Photography/Glimpse of a Moment domain.
However, I'm thinking of moving those domain names to my SmugMug account.  Not yet sure.
Cool thing is that the SmugMug and the Wordpress sites are so interwoven together that they seem like one site.

KCP Photoblog (Wordpress)

SmugMug Site :: Guest Book

SmugMug Site :: Client Gallery.
SmugMug Pro includes eCommerce and personalized price setting.
I have total configuration control over products and prices.  Including downloads.

SmugMug Client Gallery Page

SmugMug Browsing Page
I know the background doesn't really match the rest of the sites.  But I accidentally clicked on it and I'm kinda liking it.
So it remains, for now.

SmugMug Home Splash Page

Flickr Photostream Page :: Portfolio Set

Update :: On the geeky side.  Some time ago I set up a Wordpress Plugin to track site traffic.  I had completely forgotten about it.  I came across it last night.  I've still little idea on how to translate all this data.  But wow, data much?   This is just a small sampling.  I admit to being a bit confused as to why anyone would be viewing the site.  Especially given that it was heavily under construction (and languishing) for the past few months.  And while these numbers are not high.  I'm surprised there are any at all.  And these exclude my own IP (although frankly even *I* hadn't been going to the site much, lol.)  I guess when people need a photographer, they google.



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