Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 3

Before I delve into this week’s PPPW, I want to pass along some sad (not real sad) and fairly technical news.

The way I have always posted entries into this journal is through a blogging company known as Blogger. It is an awesome program and it allows me to write blogs on their website and publish them to my website via FTP.

Blogger is discontinuing their support for FTP publishing in about a month. That means that I am parting ways with Blogger at the end of February.

There are some positives to this change:

  1. Now my Journal will have a consistent look and feel to it.
  2. The blogging software I’m changing to (WordPress) is the same software I use to create, design and maintain my website. It does have a couple of features that Blogger does not.

There are some negatives to this change:

  1. The URL of “An Artist’s Notebook” will change from: to That means that those of you that have links or bookmarks to the blog will have to update them to the new URL. Also, if you follow this blog via RSS Feed, you will have to update your RSS feed. I’m currently double posting, so it won’t hurt to change those links and bookmarks before I stop posting via Blogger on March 1.
  2. Some people follow me via Blogger Dashboard. Those people will stop getting updates on March 1. If this is troubling to you and you aren’t comfortable with RSS Feeds, you can email me at and I will add you to the email subscription list.
  3. There are only a few people that actually leave comments on my blog, but I do treasure those comments. (This is in addition to the people that email me directly, I treasure those emails as well.) Most of those people follow via Blogger Dashboard. It is my hope that they continue to leave comments on the blog in its newest incarnation, but know that this will take an extra step for them.
  4. Because the email subscription list will be distributed in a new way, it is possible that there will be hiccups along the way. I am in the process of “beta testing” this knew system, but it is possible that something could slip by the testing process. If you suddenly stop getting emails from me on March 1, then something bad has happened. Let me know and I’ll look into the issue.
  5. Perhaps the most annoying for my readers, I will be posting a reminder similar to this on the top of every journal entry I publish between now and March 1.

Enough housekeeping! Here is Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 3:

Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night

The sad part about this story is that this fish has already died. As Dennis so eloquently put it: “He lived on the stage. He died on the stage.”

I did not kill this fish. Nor did I kill the second unpictured fish that I got for free because the Wal-Mart lady fished out two fish on accident and was too lazy to return the other fish to the aquarium.

They both died of completely natural causes, I believe that natural cause of death to have been “fish bought from Wal-Mart”. Despite my best efforts to keep them alive, I fed them every now and again, they perished… from this Earth.

So let me share a couple of pictures from their brief existence.



I need to thank my favorite rock star, Derrick Gorshe for loaning me the mic and mic stand. I printed out a temporary copy of this picture that Derrick requested so he could hang it up at Rieman Music. If you don’t count Shannon’s apartment as the worldwide headquarters of Little White Lye Soap or Jesse’s office at work, this is only the 2nd business to proudly display a Photography 139 image on one of its walls.

The first business was Salon 908.

I do know that the Photography 139 Calendar has graced office walls and cubicles of businesses like The Salon at Younker’s, Loan Processing Services, Ortho Computer Systems and Principal Financial Group, but this is a little different.

I hope you enjoyed the comedic picture and the sad tale of how it ended.

3 thoughts on “Personal Photo Project of the Week No. 3”

  1. On the housekeeping notes – anyone who is following in Blogger Dashboard should be able to add the new URL manually – it doesn’t comment quite the same, but at least we can still see that you’re posting and click the link manually! The only downside is that we can’t e-mail followups – it makes it tough to read your replies, but the important thing is we’re still able to read you!

    Do (did) the fish have names? I love the picture, and I do think it’s notable that you still brought a life to the picture despite the obvious hurdles. 🙂

  2. I manually added the URL to Dashboard easily, as I have done with several other sites. I agree with Angie, not being able to subscribe to e-mail follow ups will be a big drawback.

    “Fish bought at Wal-Mart” is a perfect accepted cause of death. Several years ago Debra went through a fish phase. After returning 4 days in a row to return dead fish they actually told me they wouldn’t replace them anymore. We had much better luck with Earl May after that.

  3. Angie,

    I did not name the fish. Shannon actually thinks that not naming fish is a way to keep them alive. It didn’t work this time.


    Back when I used to be serious about aquariums, (and unfortunately now I have 3 or 4 aquariums in my basement I can’t seem to get rid of) I would only buy fish from Earl May or Loweberry. I don’t think that I will ever buy a fish again, but if I do… it won’t be from Wal-Mart.

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