A Few Notes and a Blogging Question

This  is a  working weekend, so I won’t be around on the Twitter and Facebook very much. I will have a coffee post, do a few Facebook shares, and be around for #SundayBlogShare, but otherwise, I’m backstage. Here’s what I’m doing.

© 2014.

photo by Gene’O, 2014

  • Reconfiguring work space to make my online rambling easier to manage.
  • Redesigning Sourcerer. The feedback on the new design was all positive, and I don’t think I can do better, so I’m going with it. Thanks to everyone who offered comments.
  • The redesign is the next thing because I am ready to start announcing new contributors, but I want to get the blog right before I do that.
  • Continuing my never-ending effort to get photos ready to start sharing again.

The questions.

I’ve got to remove the wordpress.com domain from this address. Has anyone been through that with a free wordpress blog? Was it seamless, or did it create problems?

I am not talking about moving to wordpress.org. Just changing the public URL to a proper web address.

Here is why I need to know. I stopped sharing photos because I need every photo I share from here on out to be watermarked. Everything here is under a Creative Commons License, and photos are easy to copy and rename anyway. I also post photos at other blogs.The watermark makes it more difficult for my photos to be used without credit, and increases the visibility of my blog. It’s vital.

photo by Gene'O, 2014

photo by Gene’O, 2014

I don’t want the WordPress domain in my watermark and I am desperate to get the photos flowing again. I don’t just need them to fill in on the off-days at the blogs at this point. I need to be sharing one photo a day on Facebook and Twitter and get re-connected to my photoblogging friends.This is especially important to my Facebook plan, and I’ll explain why in a post at some point.

Happy Blogging!

Tuesday Texture: Manhole Cover



photo by Gene’O

Manufactured in Opelika, Alabama. I know not when. They’ve had foundries there a lot longer than I’ve been alive.

I have a post up at Sourcerer that I’d love some feedback on. Making long-term decisions and such.

Throwback Thursday: My First Photoblog (Spider Lily)


photo by Gene'O

photo by Gene’O

This is the first original photo I ever posted on the blogs. It was my first Wordless Wednesday and I posted it in April. Here are some funny and interesting things about me posting this photo.

  • This is a fall flower, not a spring flower. Apparently I just had it sitting around for months when I should have been posting it on the blog.
  • I thought this photo sucked until I actually went back and took a look at it. It’s not as good as most of my other stuff, but not a bad photo, really.
  • It got 33 likes. That was an unheard of number of likes for a Sourcerer post last April, and it is still more than we get there on most days. Those 33 likes are what convinced me to keep blogging photos.
  • I thought I blogged this photo with a little text explaining why Spider Lilies are so special. Turns out, I just left cryptic clues in the tags.
  • I remembered it being purple rather than pink. Memory is a treacherous thing.

So, for this Throwback Thursday, I’ll tell you what makes a Spider Lily so special if you live along the Gulf Coast. They tell you when the frost is coming.

Spider Lilies are actual lilies, but they are wildflowers. They are not robust, persistent lilies that last all year. They live a couple of weeks at most. They grow along roadsides and in vacant lots. They bloom in late September or early October, depending on the weather. They can be white, purple, or red, and maybe some other colors depending on the soil composition and the time of year and so forth.

Spider Lilies are harbingers of winter. When you see the first one bloom, you can mark that day on your calendar and be sure you’re getting your first real frost in six weeks, give or take a day or three. My father passed this bit of lore on to me more than ten years ago, and for most of those years, I’ve marked my calendar just to see. The frost always comes when the spider lilies predict it.

I glanced out my kitchen window last Saturday as I was making coffee and spied these beauties . . .

photo by Gene'O

photo by Gene’O

I almost re-wrote last Saturday’s coffee post just to mention them, but thought the better of spiderlily1 2014_09_28it. I’m expecting the first real cold on November 8, give or take a day or three. Thank god for Spider Lilies, for calendars, and for fathers.