Sunday, July 28, 2013

Writing, not blogging

Outgoing mail, 22 July 2013

Settling into a new life is busy, yes, but I've been taking time to write instead of to blog. My apologies to blog readers for neglecting my beloved blog, but here are some photos of the fruits of all my letter-writing last weekend. My beloved and I were both feeling a little under the weather, so we just hunkered down at home and I wrote mail for much of the day on Saturday and Sunday. It was lovely. And now this week I've had a lot more mail to show for it!

Outgoing mail, 22 July 2013

I always like to add photos with blog posts whenever possible, but I have to confess that after having been a loyal and devoted Flickr user since 2005, I utterly loathe what Flickr has become with this latest redesign. I've been avoiding it because it leaves an icky taste in my mouth now. So that makes me want to avoid blogging with photos, which is no good, either. I am seriously considering leaving Flickr, even though I have thousands upon thousands of photos there. Are there any other Flickr users who have felt compelled to do so, and have found a decent photo site alternative?

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  1. I also hate Flickr and have already ended my subscription for a Pro account. I haven't found a great alternative yet, but it's really just a horrible format and I didn't want to pay for it anymore. Glad to see you're writing in your new environment!

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  2. Glad to see you getting back to it! :)

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  3. I use flickr and have pro accounts through my isp (may be coming to an end sometime)... I won't be renewing the subscription. Even Picasa has changed. I just want to display photos in a simple way without jiggery-pokery fuss.

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  4. I didn't like Flickr because I refused to pay and didn't get enough space. I have plenty of storage available on my WordPress blog for media, though. Of course, it's possible I don't understand why people need an online photo storage site. You could just use dropbox for storage and upload them from the computer that way, couldn't you? I keep all mine on flash drives. Maybe I'm just behind the times.
    Jeanne

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    1. Jeanne, I want a separate site not related to my blog, for all my personal photos, sharing with friends and family and organizing/cataloging for myself.

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    2. Thanks for the warning about Flickr. I'm like Jeanne and just upload directly to the blog from the computer but with Google that creates Picassa folders. You can also use other Picassa files and I think you can create private ones for limited sharing.

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  5. Writing is always better than blogging! :)

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  6. That is a LOT of completed letter writing - good for you!

    I hear you about Flickr - I stopped using it because I didn't want to pay for storing more than 200 photos, (which added up faster than I expected) but the only good thing about Flickr now is that the storage is MUCH bigger for me to store photos. That said, I use the photo service on Blogger and upload my blog photos from my dear boyfriends computer, but store them on a flash drive for safe keeping.
    Why, oh WHY do these social networks think they have to update their layouts every other week??!?!?

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    1. Oh wow. I have nearly 10,000 photos on Flickr.

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  7. I am really not a fan of the new layout of flickr, but I have so many photographs on flickr that I'm really not sure what to do next. I've messed with it quite a bit and I still find it more user friendly than most of the other online servers I've found. It just seems uselessly clunky.

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    1. That's my situation, too - so much there already! Argh. At this point, I'm continuing to use it (or more accurately, avoid it) and see what happens. I had hopes that enough people would complain that they'd do something, but it doesn't seem like that will happen.

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  8. Hey, not sure if you saw the recent Flickr button that says you can opt out or get some of the old Flickr usage back. It isn't exactly the same, but there is some of the old usability.

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    1. No! I haven't seen that! Where do I find it? I want it!

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  9. When I was going through an archive set bit the other day I had a button option that basically gave some of the old options back. It isn't the exact same interface, but it offered some of the old interface and it helped a lot with the way that I share things.

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    1. Alas, my digging through the forums indicates that it was a button that was there for a while, and is there no longer. Oh well...

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