Hanging up the html hat

I swear, somewhere in this mess of a blog is an option to post from an email. However, I am not able to find it right now. Guess I’ll be posting this later tonight…

This past weekend was a late spring cleaning for us. We got a lot accomplished, and I was mighty proud of our results at the end of the weekend (I helped in between my hours of studying – the housework was actually a welcome break!). Ben dropped off our every accumulating pile of Goodwill donations, recycled a few archaic computer monitors at the Intel recycle day and I cleaned the bathrooms while he was gone. Later, we cleaned the kitchen, tidied up the guest room & office, moved some things around in the garage to give Ben’s truck a parking spot… and even did some work in the backyard. While Ben worked on digging a spot for a new patio, I cleaned up the flower bed and pulled some weeds. There’s still a lot to do, but it’s really nice to see progress.

As mentioned previously, after determining that my website had become no more than a infrequently updated blog/photo gallery, I decided it was time to put away my html’ing hat and move into the world of pre-designed, pre-assembled blog/photo sites. While it isn’t as fabulous as maintaining my own blog & gallery, it’s also much less of a pain in the butt. Besides, wordpress.com offers all of the functionality I need (and used) on my old wordpress blog, plus I don’t have to worry about uploading php files or granting read/write access to the correct folders. I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time justifying my move over to the “pre-“everything world – but in reality, I’m really happy with my decision. I’m also loving the fact that WordPress.com allows a redirect for domains, and Suzyness.com should stay up and running!

In part with my website move, I’ve also been cleaning up my online photos… I’ve posted photos to numerous photo sites throughout the years, and never really found one I was all that fond of or sincerely devoted to. I’d tried to maintain my Yahoo! photo account, which I liked the best of all my options, but it was slow to upload, and the albums had a limit of 300 pics. That is, until recently… Yahoo! photo users are now being forced to migrate all of their photos over to a new photo account – the best option being Flickr, which offers 3 months of “Pro” service for free – meaning, no limits on uploads, no album limits, (nearly) no size limits. Flickr also allows for archiving and storage of full sized versions of photos – and maintaining the Pro service after the 3 months is up is only $25 a year. Considering we have 5 gigs of photos from our wedding alone, this is a pretty good deal for us! Ben & I have been considering ways to backup and store our photos – concerned that if our computers were ever stolen, flooded or fired, we’d lose our photos forever. We have backup DVDs that we keep in a fireproof box, but it’s still not failsafe; Flickr offers an excellent option for an offsite secondary backup (not to sell Ben’s Photo Gallery short – but no upload bandwith limit is key when uploading 4 mb pictures!). Now if only I could figure out how to post video to Flickr…

Right now I’m uploading pictures from our recent trip to Oregon over the 4th of July week. Lots of beautiful scenery and fun events during the week…

I’m off to bed – the gym awaits far too early in the morning.


1 Response to “Hanging up the html hat”

  1. 1 Massa Muscular Sarados August 12, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Well done, great blog and great posts!!!

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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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