Last weekend, while celebrating my dad's birthday, my brother and I were discussing photos.
Rather, I was describing how incredibly slow my laptop was performing and how I thought it may have something to do with the fact that there were about 7,000 pictures taking up space inside it's computer brain.
"How about keeping them off-site, like in a Flickr account?" My brother suggested.
I, being so incredibly simple-minded and, well, old-fashioned (I even write the occasional check - yes, the kind in a checkbook that you actually have to fill in at the grocery store while all the people in line behind you sigh and wait for you to finish completing your caveman-like method of payment), explained to my brother that I wasn't interested in bringing a third party into my photo sharing mix. I told him that it would just mean one more step for me. I told him that would require one more username, one more password and one more account to keep track of.
The last thing a mother of three needs is one more thing to keep track of.
And what would become of my precious photos if the hosted site experienced some sort of breech? Would prison inmates everywhere have access to my family's treasured memories, including all the photos I've take of my wrinkles?
It just seemed like too much work.
A few days later, after many long and arduous hours of contemplation and comparison shopping, my shiny new computer was purchased. To say that I'm doing the happy dance is an understatement, as I am beside myself with everything about this new model. And as soon as I figure out all the bells and whistles, I'll be even more pleased.
But a problem remains - a problem 7,000 sizes too big for my teeny tiny, extremely non-tech savvy mind.
How the heck am I going to get them from my laptop onto this new thing? More importantly, what is the best way to store them, NOT on your computer and NOT at a remote location, which to me, seems like outsourcing my memories to Mars.
I want to know what YOU do with your photos!