Not Always Perfect
Photo-A-Day #1245

Each Day I try and take the best possible photo for Photo-A-Day. In All honesty, they can’t all be that great. I chose this one today because of the things I got wrong in the shot. First off the blur. I was using my point and shoot with no flash. The flash really washes things out and I wanted a more natural color. I was using the Kids and Pets setting but that didn’t do any good. So Eva is out of focus, but that is also what I like about this shot because it is Eva in motion. She is always in motion now. There is no slowing this kid down. She is an eating machine and her favorite sign is “more”. Tonight she used it in a context other than food though and I was so proud. We were in the back yard playing with Taylor (My sister Tara’s dog) and Tara was kicking a soccer ball to Taylor. She stopped and Eva made the sign for more. I was so thrilled that she made a non food connection with that sign.

Only one more day of work before the big 2 week vacation. I am so stoked.

I’ve been sending many friend requests through facebook to people I actually know and the connections being made with people from so far back in my past is amazing. I’ve been surprised on more than one occasion about who friends have as their friends and finding out that some people know each other that I would have never thought would have known each other. So fun.

Today I got a comment on The Wired Kayaker from a site called Wowzio. With Wowzio I can take a feed, (Mine, Yours anyone’s), and with that feed I can generate a widget. I can even have up to 15 feeds on one widget. Wowzio looks at the feed and pulls out the blog posts as well as the photos or images with each post. Then It gives you six widget options. With each you have customizable options and the ability for the widget to autosize.

Option #1 – Panoramic Slideshow – This displays photos from your chosen feeds and the post or photo titles. Click on the photo and go right to the post or photo.
Option #2 – Live Activity. – You can see the latest activity on your blog and so can everyone else. They can see where people are coming from and what they are reading on your blog.
Option #3 – TagCloud – This is a cloud of all your popular tags. It extracts them from your blog as well as from Technorati.
Option #4 – PhotoGallery – This is great if you want to put together Flickr feeds of your favorite photographers. You can select a specific display option for the gallery and with autosizing it can fit anywhere.
Option #5 – Feed Content – This will display the content from your feeds including blurbs about each posts and images.
Option #6 – Slideshow – Like Option #1 except the images are smaller and you have a prev and next button to flip through images.

So I’ve made a few of the widgets. I’ve made a Feed Content one that has all my most important feeds. It contains all four blogs, Flickr and Zoomr. I will be adding a version of that to each of my blogs near the top of the page. Because the information is dynamically changing it will catch the eye of the reader and maybe they will see an image that they may enjoy.

I’ve made a Slideshow one called Blogger Spotlight with a few of the bloggers that I read each day. Since I can only put in 15 feeds I apologize if yours is not on the widget. The feeds contained are:

Sparky’s View
We’re In A Fight
Average Dudes
Stephen The Dog
Fuel My Blog’s Blog
Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection
All Narfed Up
Photo Projectz
My Thoughts, Ideas and Ramblings
Always Alli
Julie’s Journal
Table for Five
Rebecca Gardzina.com
Steve DePino Photography
I’m Just a Blogger

I’m going to play with the roster a bit so this is certainly not the final. I plan to also create widgets of 15 of my favorite photographers from Flickr and if I think of other options I will create those as well. Wowzio seems to have some great options and they are looking for feedback. Check them out.

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16 Responses to “Not Always Perfect”

  1. Mo says:

    I like it!! But Eva’s the star…so I’m biased!!

    Thanks for listing me!!

    Oh, and thanks for getting me addicted to facebook!! It’s ridiculous!!!!

    Mo’s last blog post..9021…uh oh!

  2. Chica says:

    how neat is that website! I may just play around with some things as well.

    I like how you describe the photo is Lil E there. your right with the motion thing, it is the perfect idea of it. Not every photo has to be perfect, sometimes it’s imperfections make it perfect. :)

  3. Drew says:

    Mo,
    You are welcome, I think more people should be reading your blog so I wanted to get your some exposure. And yes, facebook is kicking my butt these days. I’m finding all sorts of friends. See you in less than a week!

  4. Drew says:

    Hey Chica,
    The Wowzio site is pretty sweet. I like how fast the widgets are and how much cool info is on each widget.
    I figured that you would get what I was trying to say about the photo. You get photography and art.

  5. Becky says:

    Thanks for including me in the list :) As always, love the photos of Eva and think it’s awesome that she and Taylor are becoming such good buddies. Kids and dogs… nothing better! Keep meaning to tell you, too, that the praying mantis picture is awesome – nice work!

  6. Drew says:

    Thanks Becky,
    For some reason the photos aren’t showing up so I need to figure out why.

    Glad you like the mantis photo, that was a pretty sweet one I have to say. One of my faves.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, thanks for including me in the list! And you know Eva is completely adorable, even blurry :)

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Such cute clothes, such great prices!

  8. Drew says:

    Thanks Elizabeth. Yes, yes she is.

  9. Thanks for putting me on your list, Drew! Honored I am.

    Bryan Villarin’s last blog post..Not shiny enough

  10. Drew says:

    Bryan,
    I put you on two of my lists. The one for your blog and then I made one of my favorite flickr photogs.

  11. Ooh, even doubly sweet – thanks! I gotta live up to that now. ;)

    Bryan Villarin’s last blog post..Not shiny enough

  12. Drew says:

    Bryan,
    Yep, the pressure is on. The Pressure is on.

  13. Jules says:

    Awww, thanks so much for including me. I am going to go make a widget like yours now for my blog :)

  14. Drew says:

    Jules,
    No problem, I make sure I catch your blog updates each day.

  15. Jesse says:

    This is really nice. I like what this widget can do. I’ll also like to include it to my blog.

    Thanxx

  16. Drew says:

    Thanks Jesse,
    The widget is a pretty versatile one.