Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A stick(l)er for details

Since I pulled out my box of photos for this it's been sitting (purposefully*) in the middle of the office floor. I did a minor sort last weekend - culled some double ups, and sorted the loose photos into envelopes and some semblance of order.

But now it's time to bring out the big guns and do a major sort, cull and label (which is where the stickers come in). It's a job I've only been meaning to do for 10 years or so (which, unfortunately is going to make dating some of them a pain in the proverbial)

I was thinking of scanning the photos I wanted to keep and binning the originals (while keeping the negatives) but I know I've already had one round of data loss when I bought a laptop that didn't have a floppy drive and a pile of stuff I had was saved on floppies. So I think keeping the original photos is the way to go.

So now I need to decide how to sort the photos I want to keep.


* By when they were taken?
* By who's in them and what they're about?
* Or a mixture of both?

Is it more important, for instance, to have all my 30th birthday pictures together? Or all the photos of one particular friend together, no matter when they were taken? Maybe I should scan the photos after all, tag them with tags for both options and just keep the prints together in the top cupboard as backup?

So here's a question for you, my wise and thoughtful reader:

Assuming you don't keep your print photos stuffed higgledy-piggledy in a cardboard box, how do you deal with them?

And speaking of stuffed, look at the size of the courgette I was presented by a dinner guest last night!It's a good thing I like courgettes....

(*Using the theory that if I trip over it constantly I'll get pissed off enough to do something with it)

7 comments:

Janet McKinney said...

Sorry can't help - I keep my photos all higgeldy piggeldy ina cardboard box - well those I haven't yet scrapbooked...

Ohhh the only answer is another craft addiction - scrapbooking...

Michelle said...

Just whack 'em in a photo album with labels, all assorted like. Makes the trip down memory lane that much more interesting, and you've completed the task.

And that courgette looks like one of Jacqui's Giant Zucchinis. I think I ate it's older brother last year!

The Shopping Sherpa said...

Michelle - well spotted because that's exactly what it is...

Taphophile said...

Hmm. Mine are chronological, with a couple of odd albums which are of particular things, but which are still arranged chronologically.

Kimberlee + Lies said...

flipping heck,
that courgette is the size of a regulation baseball bat.

re: your comment, thanks for dropping in and saying your piece, kinda controversial when you talk about T.V., everyone has their own habits.

good luck on the photo sorting!
-kimberlee

With a Q said...

I am pleased that whilst I do not have an online presence, my zucchini is famous. There are more where that came from too - plus beans, tomatoes, potatoes, corn.....a veritable vegetable feast in my back garden.

And thanks for the dinner TSS - delicious.

The Shopping Sherpa said...

Dear with a Q: Feel free to invite yourself (and the excess from your garden) for dinner anytime.

Your "King of Courgettes" was sacrificed this evening but you may be pleased to know at least part of it went into the tummy of another information management professional. Who was very appreciative...