Conventional wisdom for “About” pages on web logs and web sites is to give a brief rundown of your accomplishments, using keywords and semantics to get your pages to rank higher in Google and other search engines. About pages are also used to link to other outlets where you can be found, thus sending some of your PageRank value to your other affiliated sites. Unfortunately, sometimes I do not ascribe to the “conventional wisdom”, and here I am actually going to tell you a little about me. (Cue sappy music…)
A long time ago in a log cabin, round about 19…oh wait, that’s probably going back a little too far. Let me jump to the more current history about me. My path to the internet, photography and writing, fame and fortune (well, all except for that last part) started back in the 1990’s. Having completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, I l kind of studied myself into a corner – with a degree that was well-rounded, but not geared toward any specific profession, I literally had no place to go immediately afterward (unless of course I wanted to go out and get a real job).
So, following in the footsteps of the rest of my family, I pursued a graduate degree, first at Appalachian State University, then at University of Missouri (St. Louis campus). During that time frame I studied, wrote, did research, and even taught some introductory classes. A diversion that has now become known as my wife found me in Toledo, OH with year to wait for in-state residency to resume my studies. I had always been interested in computers, and took a job at a Helpdesk for AT&T Broadband. The rest, as they say, is history. A career move for her to South Carolina (Charleston Southern), and then again to Colorado (CU Boulder), had me moving between IT positions, working my way up the proverbial ladder from Helpdesk to Network, to IT Manager, and everything in between.
During my IT career progression, website maintenance, then development and design entered as an “additional duty as assigned”. In learning about graphics, and seeing some of the images that were in use, I thought to myself “I could do that!”. Enter digital photography! Roughly 4 years later, (and hopefully 4 years wiser), here I am, writing about my experiences in learning the craft, and answering questions far and wide. It’s been amazing ride so far, and the future is certainly bright. Thanks to all the the readers and listeners of the blog and podcast over these last four years. Here’s to another four that are just as exciting.