Thanks to everyone who participated in this week’s poll, regarding what to put in the new Photos section of this site.
The three most popular vote-getters were “Pictures of Objects the Author Likes”, “Pictures of Places the Author Has Visited”, and a fill-in “Other”, which I’ll explain in a moment. As to objects I like, I probably could have defined that better. Argyle socks, for example: would you really want to see my extensive sock collection, rivalled only by that of President George H.W. Bush? And as far as places are concerned, right now I’m not traveling a whole lot, but perhaps that could be built up over time.
Among the “Other” category entries, I left a blank space for people to offer suggestions. Quite a few want to see more comic pics of yours truly dressed up as “Superman Around the House”, a series of photos I did on Twitter last year. Although that was a fun project, it was also time-consuming. Using a self-timer to take a dozen or more pictures until one without the top of my head being cut off appeared was not the easiest thing in the world. However I’ll consider it, provided I can find a photographer friend to do it for free [hint, hint.]
Several very good suggestions I received involved the art I often feature in the posts. Many of you like the images I choose to illustrate the posts on the blog, particularly if they are paintings, sculptures, etc. that you have never seen previously. Since that ties in nicely with the idea of this project serving as a tool to encourage you to go out and learn more about Western culture, I’ll run with it. I’m going to choose one image from each week’s posts, and place it in a section on the Photos page, along with title and description information, and link that back to the original post in which it featured. That way, you can either enjoy the image on its own, or see the post it came from if you happen to have missed it.
Other suggestions I received were less helpful. Some were admittedly amusing, e.g., “bunnies with pancakes on their heads”. And apparently no one wants to see pictures of “Grumpy Cat”, although I can’t promise I’ll always stay meme-free.
In any case, thanks again for your votes, your readership, and support – and remember that if you have any suggestions on making this site better, please feel free to use the Contact form any time.