Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Photographic Dementia

There was a time when I used to recover quickly from traveling but now that I'm . . . well, let us just say "older". . . it takes me much longer to get back into the swing of things.  For most of this week I've been busy playing "catch-up" with laundry, dusting, vacuuming, and reading my favorite blogs.  Though I've taken several photos during my trip I have unfortunately done little with them and they are still snuggled safely within my camera's memory card awaiting download.

One of the reasons I haven't rushed to release my photo hostages is because I am completely overwhelmed by my existing photo files and am now cognizant that I am in dire need of a better way to file, store and organize them.  Over my five years and four months of blogging I've amassed an impressive stash of blog photos . . . I've also discovered, much to my dismay, that when I move a photo file it can affect my blog adversely.  The effect is similar to the dreaded exclamation point embedded within a triangle pictured at the top of my blog.

So I have been trying to backtrack, locate those missing pictures and retrieve them, at times my attempts have been futile and I fear that I may have inadvertently deleted a photo from one file only to have it deleted permanently from my photo cache.

I would love to hear how you handle the storing and filing of your online photos and am open to any and all suggestions . . . short of abandoning this blog and starting over from scratch . . . which, seriously had entered my mind on a couple of occasions.  But only briefly.  :D


  1. Well I made a bad mistake awhile back when I overhauled my Photobucket pictures. It adversely affected prior blog posts as the photos were moved to other places. I spent hours fixing it.

    I don't use online storage. For awhile everything was on my hard drive, or moved to memory sticks. One of my friends, a computer guru, desperately urged me to get an external hard drive so that everything could be in one place. It took a lot of work to transfer everything but wow is it nice to have everything in one place. I update it at least once a week or every two weeks.

    When I upload pics to my blogger blog, they are just stored wherever blogger stores them. I think it's Picasa. A few years back I exceeded the limit and they wanted money for more storage, and that's when I made my photobucket blunder. But as of the first of the next year, I had free Picasa storage again. I haven't been told I've exceeded their limit lately, but it's worth the $5 or $10 to buy the extra storage so as to not have a hassle.

  2. It's the filing that will get you, every time.

    I have to admit that I believe an external hard drive is the way to go.


  3. you are not the only one. Everything takes me longer, longer to recoup, longer to get back into things...
    I admire you for tackling such a daunting task of organizing your photos...

  4. Yeah the external hard drive is a plus. Once those photos are gone they seem to be gone forever.
    I want to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. It really touched my heart.

  5. External hard drive, yes and now I just keep good photos and those I intend to publish to avoid disk "contamination". No use going through old albums, though I would do that once in a while to ruthlessly clear bad quality pictures. Blogger keeps all photos online on Picasa but you shouldn't change the name of albums or you will have to upload them again. So, no recipe :) At least, get rid of bad pictures :)

  6. I've been lucky so far with the photos, knock on wood. I usually upload everything immediately to Shutterfly. I've got years of photos on there. If they ever go out of business, I'm in trouble. ;)

  7. Honestly... I have most of my files on my facebook profile, and I just link them in from there. :) I have SO many photos, it's crazy - on my computer. I'll probably never look at them again, but they're there!

  8. It takes me longer to get back in the swing of things too. We now build in a couple of extra days to rest and recoup after a trip!
    I don't know how to help with the photos. I haven't had any problems yet, but I back up all the photos, even the ones I edit, on an external hard drive.

  9. I store all mine in folders on my hard drive which is routinely backed up on an external hard drive. The trick is to be consistent with file folder names and being tidy.

  10. Ditto what everyone else said, about recovering and external hard drive (although I only use that as a back up) I still have enough memory on my comp. to store photos but it is getting slower by the min. just like its owner, lol :)

    Hope we get to see some Holiday pics soon :)

    Cheers, T. :)

  11. I know what you mean, after coming home from a trip It takes days to get back into the swing of thing. Like Pearl Blay I store my photos on my hard drive or pinterest. I just have to remember to not delete them from my pinterest page.
    Everyday Inspired


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