An apology...

by Ram Ya August. 22, 2018 2148 views

As you all know, I have been inactive in PhotoBlog for a while now. I would like to give you all an update with this post.

This took a lot of searching and the courage to write. So please bear with me...

PB was my first project on such a scale and I made a lot of mistakes, especially in the beginning stages. I got really discouraged when we finally released the new site because of the high expectations I set for myself.

These expectations were crippling me mentally. As a result, I distanced my self from the site and even photography to some extent. 

More and more I realize that PhotoBlog's value is in the connections we make here and the satisfaction one gets from sharing stories with others. I would like to be active again and focus more on these aspects and worry less about money. 

Money is important for any site to survive. PB makes about 50% of its costs though pro accounts. The rest I am paying out of pocket. I am happy to do it because I know PB hosts invaluable memories and stories from so many members who are passionate about photography.

I would like to apologize for my absence. At the same time, I am very thankful to everyone who contributed by becoming pro members. I am also thankful to members like Helen and Jennifer for their contributions as well as words of encouragement.

My engagement will be slow in the beginning. I will mostly focus on helping members navigate and use the site. I know a lot of you have feature requests. I am glad to take these requests but any active technical developments need to wait a few months. 

Thank you all for being patient with me and keeping the site active!

While on a run through this beautiful strip of forest next to my house.

While on a run through this beautiful strip of forest next to my house.

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Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 3 months ago

Great to have you once again in our midst!
Marilyn xxx

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Ram Ya Replied to Marilyn Grimble 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you, Marilyn!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

So so happy for having news of you again dear Ram. Now I will become a Pro member (tomorrow)  and I hope you will keep this wonderful project going on for many many years dear friend. And don't forget, after posting all my pictures of Faroe Islands i will start posting pictures from Sri Lanka. smile Welcome back

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Oh can't wait for your Sri Lanka photos! I just posted some of mine but I forgot most of the details... How do you remember photo details, Antonio? Do you keep some notes or tag them.

Thanks so much for supporting with a pro account! It means a lot to me. Looking forward to being active again.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 3 months ago

I just tag them. With my age I cannot remember anything smile Already pro my friend

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Ram Ya Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, Antonio. I never tagged as part of my import workflow. I will start doing that!
Appreciate the support!

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Bill Baird 2 years, 3 months ago

Oh, and welcome back. I along with others admittedly searched for other sites enjoyable to post photos, but PB is the best. I think we all resist change and were so comfortable with the old format and weren't as patient as we should have been. I for one enjoy it presently. I miss a lot of my  old friends here. I've tried to ask a few to come back to give it a shot but no luck yet. Who knows, they might be on new journeys.

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Ram Ya Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much Bill. I am glad to hear you are enjoying the new site. I would welcome old members. I know I did lot of mistakes when dealing with a decade old site..  but we have to move forward with what we have. I hope to improve PB further and it would be great to have input from both old and new members.

Let me know if any of your old friends have any questions about PB or our plans. I am happy to answer them.

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Bill Baird Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 3 months ago

I've been using Firefox but I just tried MS Edge after a restart and also Internet Explorer with no luck so it's something strange as other members are obviously have no problem.   Thanks

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Ram Ya Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 3 months ago

I just added this to my todo items and looks like we need to do a bit of browser testing to find the issue. I will keep you posted. I would've suggested you disable browser plugins and try but I doubt you have any browser plugins in MS Edge. I remember I had some issues with Grammarly plugin.

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Bill Baird Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 3 months ago

Playing with it and discovered if I click on publish after entering a caption it works, then I enter the next photo repeating that it works each time.

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Ram Ya Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 2 months ago

That sounds like a lot of work. I am really sorry about that. Perhaps the bug only occurs with multiple captions then.
btw, any chance you are copy and pasting captions from somewhere else?

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Bill Baird 2 years, 3 months ago

When you have a minute ………………. I can't figure what I'm doing wrong but I can enter text as a caption to a photo in a post but it seems to vanish when I publish. Any ideas when you get time would be appreciated. No emergency

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Ram Ya Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey Bill, this could be specific to a browser. Are you able to test this from a different browser? If the issue only happens in a certain browser, please let me know the browser name and version.

P.s I'll get a thread going in the forum to track these issues. I'll have to wait few more weeks for fixing them but at least I can acknowledge and add them to a to-do list

Thanks

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Marilyn Grimble Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 3 months ago

I have the same problem, however if you write your caption next to the wee camera for your next photo input it works!
Click again, small camera appears a second time and you can upload  your next image. Hope this helps Bill. Mxx

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Ken Gordon 2 years, 3 months ago

Welcome Back Ram...I have agree with everyone here...I'm sure that your journey with PB has at times been the most wonderful project ever...but also painful at times.  Keeping a site like PB running is a 24/7 job.  Not much down time for anything personal.  
Being new to photograph for me, PB has let me have fun taking photo's.  The sharing of photo's with other photographers around the world has opened up a whole new world for me...as I"m sure it has for others.  We all have something in common here...just sharing photo's and making new friends...World Wide Friends..

Like Camellia said...I think there were a few of us looking elsewhere for a site like PB...But...in the end...PB is It...the only site like this. 

PB has turned into more than just a community...almost becoming an extended family for allot of us.

Take is slow Ram...I I know everyone here is excited to have you back...Thank You...

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Ram Ya Replied to Ken Gordon 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Ken! Yes sharing photos and stories and connecting on a personal level is very satisfying. I hope to start with this. Later on I will see what improvements I can do to the site. Thanks again for the welcome

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Deli Tlb 2 years, 3 months ago

Hi Ram! I have just joined Photoblog and don't know much about your journey but your post is literally the first one that I read and it defiantly makes me feel that I chose the right place. looking forward to your upcoming posts and welcome back heart decoration

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Ram Ya Replied to Deli Tlb 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Deli. Welcome to PB grinning

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Russell Smith 2 years, 3 months ago

Welcome back and Glad to know you are alive and well. Take it slow this is not a sprint .

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Ram Ya Replied to Russell Smith 2 years, 2 months ago

So true, Russel. Thanks so much.

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Elizabeth B 2 years, 3 months ago

Ram, what a brave and honest post, and one that is so appreciated!  Welcome back!!!!  I agree with so many others who have commented that this is such a unique and needed place for photographers who want to tell a story and not have to worry about likes/followers and be able to learn from each other.  You have created something REALLY GREAT here!!  Thanks for all you do.  Best wishes to you, Beth

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Ram Ya Replied to Elizabeth B 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you so much, Bellizzi! 
I am so glad you are enjoying PB and it means something to you. It gives me the motivation to keep going.

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Joe Zink 2 years, 3 months ago

Welcome back, my friend grinning

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Ram Ya Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Joe!

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Abigail Gossage 2 years, 3 months ago

Welcome back 😃. You are providing a valuable resource for our community.

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Ram Ya Replied to Abigail Gossage 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much for the kind words, Abigail

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

I'm so glad, that you are back! Everybody was worried and hoped nothing serious happened to you ... Your post is a really brave step, because it seems it was a serious problem, because you needed some distance and abandoned your "child" for a while. And I have to admit I was - in an egoistic way - really concerned, that I would loose all this wonderful connections, would never see so many beautiful pictures at once and never again learn so much about photography in such a short time.
I have also to admit, I wanted to become a "pro" on Photoblog for a long time, but I didn't want to "invest" in a dying project. I hope you are capable to respond more frequently in future. It would be not only nice, but sometimes really important to get answers to questions, which can't be answered by Helen or the community. I'm sure, I'm not the only one, who is missing this nice additional informatione like this tutorials. Maybe it's possible, that members of the community can provide some support in this area?!
In the end the most important thing is: YOU ARE BACK!

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Ram Ya Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

Hi Sigrid, thanks for the welcome! Yes, it was a very tough thing mentally to keep going. 

I also miss the educational posts and inspiration, I hope those will come back soon. I think it's a great idea to collaborate with members for these. I sure could use some help with these. I will share some ideas in the forum to see who can help. 

Thanks again.

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

YAY!!!!! So glad to see you back. Can't tell you how much I love this place and the friends I have made here, therefor you know how worried we all became when things would not work and we could not get a hold of you. You probably also know that some of us went searching looking for something similar, but none to be had. This place is unique and YOU have made it unique and I for one am grateful for the efforts you have made. I am so looking forward to seeing photos from you ( hopefully you have picked up the camera again) and just seeing you presence here. Thank you for everything you have done. WELCOME HOME! :)

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Ram Ya Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much for the welcome, Camellia! Iam glad you all have decided to stick around. I'll be watching for urgent bugs and add things to my to-do list as I notice them. 

Yes, I have started taking some photos and I'll be uploading them soon. 🙂

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 3 months ago

So pleased to hear of you,welcome back. We were worried. Believe me pb is the only blog that creates a real community. You have started a wonderfull place here. I was waiting to hear from you to become a pro member.

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Ram Ya Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the encouraging words, Peter. I have experienced the value of connections that are made here and I hope to focus more on these connections than worry about 'results'. 

Thanks again for supporting PB. Much appreciated!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 3 months ago

We are in for the long run. Pb is not only about likes and followers. It is about people and learning from others and helping others

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Sydney Solomon 2 years, 3 months ago

Welcome back "Big guy", we all missed you. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of your peers, and say what you said. This was probably a "teaching moment" for you, its never to late to start over again. We all make difficult decisions in our lives, the secret is to learn from them. Again RAM welcome back to your home.

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Ram Ya Replied to Sydney Solomon 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the encouraging words, Sydney. You are right, this whole process has been one of the biggest teaching moments in my life so far. I hope it will help me do better in future.

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Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Cool that you are back, Ram. !!!
Maybe some of the regular users now decide to pay for a pro account. I think, it's important to know that the revenues do not cover the costs and that every pro account will help this side to survive.

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Ram Ya Replied to Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks a lot, Dorothea. I appreciate each and every one who's helping with a pro account. Thanks again for being patient with me.

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Heike Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 3 months ago

My name is Heike. smile

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Ram Ya Replied to Heike 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey, sorry! lol, that was my bad.

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Great to hear from You, Ram!
Thanks for hanging in there, to keep PB going!
I'm behind you, 100%! smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you so much, Jay! Great to be connecting with you again as well!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 3 months ago

My pleasure, my friend!
I'll be looking forward to your fine images & thoughtful & helpful commentary!
Cheers!

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Miriam Jacob 2 years, 3 months ago

#1Glad to see you back! Photoblog is so beautiful and inspiring. Be encouraged. You are doing a great job!

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Ram Ya Replied to Miriam Jacob 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you for the kind words, Miriam.

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