Now that the site is no longer active, will the archives stay up?
Yes, as long as they continue to get visitors, they'll stay up.
How can I keep up with Charlie if you aren't posting anymore?
Visit his Flickr stream! After so many years documenting, it's not likely that we can stop cold-turkey. There are a couple photos there now (all ones that never made it onto love charlie) and we'll add new shots of Charles as we take them.
What are the plans for love, charlie in the future?
We'll work on making the site a little easier to use and make the archives easier to access. We'll also add Charlie's Flickr stream to the site so any new photos of him will be easily accessible. Suggestions? Send them along... see our email address below.
Have you considered publishing a love, charlie book?
Yes! We're considering it. It depends on whether we can a) find a publisher, or b) find the money to publish it ourselves. We'll see.
What ever happened to all those love letters written to Charles?
While Nicole was in school (in 2007), she asked visitors to write a love letter to Charles so that she could use what they wrote as material for a typeface specimen. Approximately 70 people wrote to tell Charles why they came to his site so often and what they like about him. You can download the specimen (376kb), read all the letters and see the typeface Nicole designed during her year at the University of Reading.
How did you make the website? I'd like to create a photoblog like love, charlie for my pet.
The site was built using Movable Type but the original templates were heavily customized by Nicole. At the time it was created, photoblogs were not very popular and so this was the only way to go. Since then, photoblog plugins for Moveable Type have been created which, we imagine, would make the process much easier. You could also try other services/software that are made specifically for photoblogging. Two we have never used, but seen used to good effect are: http://www.pixelpost.org/ and http://www.visualblogging.com/.
Where has Charlie lived?
Charlie grew up in Minnesota, USA and lived in a loft downtown for about three years. Photos on the site from July 2003 until April 3, 2006 chronicle his exploits during that time. From April to September 2006, Charlie moved to rural, northern Minnesota and had a great time at Ericís familyís vacation home. Then? England, of course! We hopped the pond in October of 2006 so Nicole could study typeface design. The crew returned to the States in October 2007 after Nicole completed her degree. All photos from October 2007 to January 2008 were taken back in Minnesota.
Where can I buy the clothes or collars Charlie wears?
Nicole makes all of his clothes and almost all of his collars so they are not commercially available.
Have you considered selling clothes/patterns?
At one time, Nicole ran a business called Sew Charlie that sold coats and one hat created for dogs. However, she became too busy to give it the attention it deserved. So yes, but no. She no longer sells clothes, accepts commissions and has never (and never plans to) sell patterns despite very flattering requests.
What kind of camera do you use?
We use three cameras: the Canon PowerShot G3, a Sony DSC-R1 and less frequently, the Canon PowerShot SD40.
This G3 is an older model Canon. The PowerShot G-series cameras have a distinctive rotating LCD display that makes taking photos of subjects low to the ground a snap. Read more about the G3.
The Easter photo of April 16, 2006 was the first shot taken with the Sony DSC-R1 and we have been using it for most of the photos since. The picture quality is amazing, but the display makes framing photos much more difficult than the good old G3. Plus, its larger lens and body size make it awkward to carry around.
The Canon PowerShot SD40 is so tiny itís almost like a spy camera. It will take a pretty good picture, but only in decent light. Otherwise, the photos are extremely grainy. But, it is stealth, and sometimes, that's just what you need.
How can my pet be one of Charlie's friends?
This part of the site is no longer being updated. But, if you ever meet Charles in person, he would most likely befriend you. This is probably you're best bet.
Can I contact Charlie?
Of course. Send him an email at charlie (at) lovecharlie (dot) org. Nicole answers all of his mail but is a little (ok, very, very) slow at writing back. No matter how slow we might be at responding, we are always grateful!