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December 14th, 2004 - Phil's Rambling Rants

December 14th, 2004

December 14th, 2004
09:36 pm

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Christmas letter
I've never really done the ritual of the Christmas letter, but this year I intended to, at least for the relatives I feel closest to to whom I was sending EFRC calendars.  I'd planned to write it Sunday night so I could get the calendars in the mailers I bought Saturday and get it all in Monday's mail, but I was just too tired.  And then the bomb dropped Monday.  I still want the relatives to have the calendars, but I couldn't write quite the letter I'd meant to.

The text of my Christmas letter. I hope it's not more whiny than I'm entitled to under the circumstances.Collapse )

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10:01 pm

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Tigertoy Digital Photography
I am resolved to try my best to take the loss of my job as an opportunity and not the end of everything.

In accordance with that, I intend to make a real effort to actually start a small business selling my photographs.  I don't know that I will be able to get anywhere with it, but I do know I can't succeed if I don't try, and I do know that practically everyone who has looked at my pictures have told me that they're really wonderful, and it seems only fair that I should give the world a fair chance to put its money where its mouth is.

So the first purpose of this entry is to announce the unofficial launch of Tigertoy Digital Photography.  It's unofficial in the sense that I haven't done anything at all about legally forming a company, but I want to start telling the world that I'm serious about this; hopefully the world will respond by holding my nose to the grindstone, feet to the fire, or whatever metaphor I should flog to actually make it happen.

The second purpose here is a plea for help.  I am not sure exactly what I will be selling or through what channels, but I do want to have a web site.  And I know just about nothing about running a web site.  I think I can fumble through the HTML necessary to actually present the information, at least to start with, and I at least know enough about HTML to have a clue where to look for what I don't know.  What I don't know is:  How do I select a web hosting provider, how much should I expect to pay, what functionality should I be asking for, and how do I use that functionality to take some HTML that I write on my own computer and put it onto the web site?  I don't want something that is locked into a specific proprietary web page creator, especially not from Microsoft.  I want to write my own HTML and run my own site, but I need some pointers to get started.

The third purpose is to ask for general advice from anyone who might be a potential customer.  What would you be inclined to buy?  8x10 framed prints?  Smaller framed prints?  Smaller unframed prints?  Refrigerator magnets?  T-shirts?  Greeting cards?  A coffee table book?  Custom photography services (you pay me to come to your party or (shudder) wedding or whatever and walk around taking pictures, like I do at cons)?

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