Well, it is almost two months from the fateful day when I received the email from my hosting company’s tech support that they had run a compression option on my website AND an optimization plugin. Either one alone was enough to send me into shock as compression has NEVER worked well on my site with the plugins I run, and optimization runs by deleting orphan elements in your database. Except there’s really no such thing as a universal orphan — some plugins treat autosaves that you haven’t worked on in two weeks as orphans and wants to delete them.
There are lots of people out there who do really great and wonderful things in Excel, including advanced statistical formulas, trend analysis on huge data sets, or giant financial spreadsheets. I don’t do stats or huge data sets, but I have, on occasion, done some large financial spreadsheets (at least by non-financial officer standards). I have a semi-fond memory of working on a huge “options” spreadsheet for a large project on Dec. 23rd one year, just before I was going on holiday for two weeks and had to leave an updated version for our finance officer and senior management while I was gone.… Read the rest
I like running my blog, but I confess, I’m not a big fan of the upkeep behind the scenes. Basic stuff is fine, it goes with the territory. I could pay someone to maintain my site, but since my site does not and will not ever generate revenue, I need to keep the costs as low as I can.
But some of the overhead is of my own making, sure. Or perhaps even a result of my own ambition. I’m not satisfied with using some site like Amazon Photos or Flickr, I want my own site to host my pics.
And so I have some extra admin headaches managing a large collection of photos and galleries.… Read the rest
If you have archivist tendencies, combined with strong analytical props, and a digital bent, digital photo management is the field for you, my friend. As an amateur or professional, you too can find new and interesting rabbit holes to explore.
For me, I have wanted to put some of my photos online since 2005 when we bought our first digital camera. Actually, a little before that, as we had films developed and they threw in digital prints for a $1 more sometimes. And I’ve had a website since back to the dark ages before that, with the natural thought, “Could I share them on there?”.… Read the rest
I mentioned in my posts about my goals for 2021 that I want to do a fair amount of work on my photo gallery (Setting goals for 2021 – Part 5: Computers, Website, Blogging, Writing, Media and Photos). But in order to do that, one of the things that is a challenge is ensuring that each gallery (say, a given month of a year) is set up consistently each and every time. That’s not a “small” step of consistency, but one that starts from the very beginning. So let’s talk about the different stages of the workflow.