It’s happened to me.
I lost them all.
And I was devastated.
We had just finished an amazing cross country trip that moved us permanently from Boston, MA to Santa Monica, CA. We spent a week seeing this amazing country, and I took THOUSANDS of photos on both my “big camera” and my cell phone.
Fast forward a week.
I had left my dog in the bedroom to clean up a flood in the kitchen of our new apartment. With the threat of having to canoe out my front door under control, I went back to release the hound and found her chomping on my cell phone like it was her favorite bacon flavored chew bone.
Now in her defense, she’s never done anything like that before or since, and was probably a teeeeeny bit stressed from the move and the potential that she was going to have to get her toes wet. She does tiptoe around puddles after all!
Also, look at that face – how can you be mad?
I grabbed my phone from her slobbery jowls and started straight up praying to every god, spirit guide, or nature force out there that my phone was ok.
About 10 seconds later I was sitting on the floor sobbing hysterically. The phone was beyond dead and all those pictures from our big move were just – gone.
Now – I’m unbelievably lucky and my story has a happy ending – I want the same for you.
At some point in my cell phone setup (I have a Samsung Galaxy S4, which is connected to my gmail account) I clicked a box that said “Back up photos to the cloud”. It was the ultimate case of “set it and forget it”.
And forget it I did. It took me about 2 weeks and a new cellphone to realize that all my images were safely stored on my Google drive! As soon as I found that out I backed them up (in all 4 of my safe locations!) and *gasp* PRINTED THEM OUT.
Vint Cerf –who according to this wikipedia article is “recognized as one of ‘the fathers of the Internet'” was recently quoted as saying
“If there are pictures that you really really care about then creating a physical instance is probably a good idea. Print them out, literally.”
Source – (and a really great read – check it out)
He makes a really great point that technology is advancing in a way that doesn’t embrace keeping what is old – such as the old file type on your computer. What happens if we advance beyond the point of a jpg, and the software to open your child’s newborn photos, or the pictures of their first step, or their first birthday no longer exists? All those photos are gone – forever.
While it may seem a little dramatic, find me a VCR that will play your favorite VHS. They may be available, but not as easily. Or an even more recent development – I no longer give people images on a CD or DVD because some computers as well as ipads, phones and tablets no longer have them.
OK, so after all that drama, let’s get back to the point of this bunch of words on a computer screen.
I’m creating a series of blog posts where I’m going to show you how and where I print my photos, and what I do to keep them organized at home (and not end up in an endless ocean of photos!) I’d love it if you’d join me, and start printing your own images!
Want an easier option than printing and organizing your photos?
Not only will you snag this amazing deal, but I’ll make sure your images are printed on the highest quality, archival paper. For years to come your pictures will be perfect!