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This week I would like to share how I handle family pictures. I know that it is not strictly educational technology, but during natural breaks in the school year it is nice to take a “vacation” from school stuff and organization and thinking through work flow of files is a skill which can transfer to our school lives as well, right?
My goal is to share one candid picture of my children once a day via my website I share with my family members who live 850 miles away. So that a 365 challenge is not a daunting chore I need some heavy mobility and automation to my work flow. A function of “a picture a day” is that I have too many pictures and also needed a way to archive those pictures. Instead of loading up a computer hard drive and then suffering the performance consequences – there has to be a better way…or you might end up surprised and hurt at an end of a relationship with your hard drive.
I can walk you through my process…
I have the original pictures on my phone which I email to my Posthaven blog:
IFTTT.com allows me to put in place what they call “recipes” which automate some of my cross postings (I post to Tumblr and Flickr, but have two separate recipes):
(In this example you see I emailed 4 pictures to Posthaven and am cross-posting to Flickr, well please know that Flickr only displays the first image and will not display videos)
When I get home I open the Dropbox app and because I am on wireless images from my phone upload to my Dropbox:
Here is the hidden mess, my constant challenge, I need to clean this up monthly:
Does it make you feel better that I shared my mess of a Dropbox with you? I hope so, because I am feeling a little vulnerable just about now. How about a shot at redemption?
Under the default Camera Uploads folder in Dropbox I have folders by year with month inside (01 versus 1 for January will help them stay in order):
At the end of a month, I copy all pictures with the date of that month and move them into a folder I created at the start of that month. Now all pics from one month are in one folder:
Now I move that folder with the full months worth of pictures into the current year folder:
Last month is now stored under the year and you can make a new folder for the current month and move the pictures into that folder when the current month ends:
I would love to hear if you think this might work for you, if you have some suggestions to improve my workflow/automation, or maybe just share your picture websites.