With my desire to be all that I can be, comes the need to put my current baggage in order.
The first thing I did was blog about it. 🙂
Next, I stopped playing all those FaceBook games. Sure they were fun and a great way initially to waste time. But then they, (they being the evil developers), started adding all these little quests and events that were time limited and before I knew it, I was sending and building and shoveling and hammering like a mad fool and logging in several times a day to trade more and request more and more AND MORE>>>… sigh.
They sure got me hooked. But I fooled them.
Blocked every last one of those applications so no more updates, notices or invites. I’ve moved on.
On my agenda for purging, was my computer photo file. ACK!
Daunting task. I have two Western Digital, My Passport external portable hard drives. I bought them myself and am in no affiliated with WD. I just like the reliability, portability and cost of their product. I’m sure there are other portable hard drives out there that are just as good…. Anyway. As I was saying, I have 2 of these things. I like to back up my photo and document files regularly. However, I realized something while going through my 2011 purge… I am a pack rat of photographic garbage. I save every image I take. WHY? It’s not like I’m going to use 8 pictures of the same lightbulb. It’s not like the lightbulb moved while I was taking a picture of it. It did not turn on or turn off. It didn’t wink at me .. I’m pretty sure it didn’t ..
So, I spent a large portion of my day yesterday going through the images — 1 at a time — picking the best of the lot and deleting the rest. GASP! Yes! I actually used the “Del” button. As a testament however, to just how much I hoard photos, I got rid of about 1000 images. I still have the other 11 months to go through. 🙂
Ok maybe a slight exaggeration.
But! I am making a point here, in case you missed it.
Be ruthless when you first review your images. If they aren’t what you were hoping for, don’t imagine that just by having them take up space on your hard drive that they are going to get better with age and inactivity. They aren’t fine wines. If you took 8 photos of the lightbulb and it didn’t break into song and dance, purge all but the 1 best one where it looks like it was at least ‘thinking’ of breaking out into song and dance.
On the plus side (there has to be a plus side, otherwise I would have to change my alias), of this ruthless purge, I found several hundred photos that I forgot I even had. LOL
1 of those gems is posted above for your (and my) viewing pleasure. I deleted her 7 identical twins.
And now, I must get back to the tedious job of purging the stock. Muttering to myself the whole while about learning lessons the hard way ….
Hope you all have a wonderful day and that you have remembered to back up your files recently.