This blog has run its course. It’s been only about eight months since I started this blog, yet the events about which I wrote in its first post occurred almost exactly a year ago, in June of 2011.  I’ve decided not to grow another crop of actual tomatoes this year: it’s mainly because the space available in our garden for growing tomatoes, beside the cedar hedge, doesn’t get enough sun for tomatoes to properly ripen, as last year’s experiment proved.  But even if I were to grow another crop of actual tomatoes and, thus, be able to include comments about that process in this blog, and have more home-grown tomatoes to use as raw material for more tomato graphics, the reasons for ending this blog at this point would outweigh those for keeping it going.

This blog has served its primary function of being a learning tool for me while I was learning to set up and maintain a basic blog, and gaining some facility with the graphics tools available to me on my ‘new’ iPad–that I’ve now had for about nine months.  I’m not a rank amateur any more, and I feel I’m now ready for and, for professional reasons need, a somewhat more sophisticated blog, both thematically and graphically.  As this blog has evolved, I’ve started to use it for a secondary function of referring potential employers to it who might want to see samples of my work, and much of the work in this blog is, I fully admit, the work of a beginner blogger and iPad-art artist.  (At least from my point of view, the writing itself is relatively strong–although probably overly diverse in theme for a blog.)  Also, although I’ve had some fun creating the tomato-themed images in this blog, I don’t want to be restricted forever to images of tomatoes.

I sufficiently like creating images of tomatoes, and I sufficiently like the results of some of my efforts in this area, that I’m going to devote some time during the remaining couple of months of this summer to redoing some of the tomato images in this blog–and others that didn’t make it into the blog.  Some of the earlier images, in particular, need work. I think there may be commercial applications for some of these images–without the captions, of course, that tie them to this blog–perhaps as greeting cards.  (If any readers have any ideas in this regard, please let me know.  I can be contacted through this blog.)  After that, I’m ready for a different visual theme–or themes.

Other than a possible short post in the early fall once I’ve set up my new, as yet unnamed blog, directing readers to the new blog, this will be the last post in “The Tomatoes Diary.”  I very much thank those who followed this blog during its relatively short existence, and hope that you, and others, will check out my new, and improved, blog in the fall.



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