It’s easier if you put the horse BEFORE the cart!


When I want to put a picture with a story I write, I look for it by going  back through my photo archives, guessing at about when I took the photo (because they are grouped by the date I downloaded them from whatever camera I used).  An inexact science at best. 

For example, I recently came across a picture of me as a little kid (yes, I know, there are alot of those!) in the kitchen of our old house in Springfield.  And I realized there was a connection between that picture and one I took about a year ago.  Soooo, I started looking for the more recent picture  so that I could do a post about their connection, but I couldn’t find it.

Part of the problem is that my photos aren’t in consistently-named files.  The Kodak camera I used first, lists them by numeric-only dates, i.e. 8-2-09.  While the Panasonic system that goes with my current camera lists them this way “Aug 2 2009”.  Also in the mix are old photos I have downloaded (which are filed alphabetically by how I have named them) that, depending on whether I’ve edited them or not, can be found in one or all of four systems — these two systems, plus the “My pictures” on my hard drive and my new Picasa 3 editing program. 

Can you see how comfusing it is for me, an already disorganized person, to locate a specific photo?

Ha!  But I think I’ve discovered a solution!  Late last night when I was looking for the “lost” photo in all those systems, out of frustration, I decided to just start from the beginning of one system and go through each file methodically (not something I always think to do — that methodical thing) until I found the picture I wanted.

But as I went through the files, I would come across another picture that I would think, “Oh, I should do a post about that!”  So, I pulled up my blog too, and started creating drafts for future posts that are just the picture(s) I’ve come across and a “working title” that will remind me what picture it is when I look at the title. 

I now realize I was going at the link between pictures and posts from the wrong end!  Rather than deciding to write a post and THEN looking for the picture that I have in mind for it, I am now going to go through my photos, put them in drafts, and use those drafts to write posts!

Of course, not all of my posts necessarily include photos and some of them are about a picture I took yesterday, but when they are going to include an older picture, this is going to be a much less stressful way to do it.

I just hope WordPress doesn’t have a limit on how many drafts you can store, because I think I may end up with alot of them!

May this be an encouragement to all of you.  If at 63 years old I can still have an occasional “ah ha” moment and come up with a new way to do something, then I hope that will encourage you to never say “I’m too old (or set in my ways) to change.”

May you have an “ah ha” moment of your own today!

10 Responses to It’s easier if you put the horse BEFORE the cart!

  1. Chrissy Witt says:

    That’s a great way to plan out a post! I think my pics were in pretty good order, until my comp crashed and now they are in different file locations on different storage devices! I think I am going to use your way from this point on! Thanks for the tip!

  2. gigi says:

    I’m up to 56 drafts right now but they are mostly word files. Pictures take up more space so with WordPress’s free account you may get less drafts.

    Since, I’m only posting weekly, having this many drafts, means I don’t stress about having nothing to say!

    I try to organize my pictures into categories (nature, houses, Christmas etc) but I’m a bit behind right now.


  3. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — It certainly seems a solution for me! I hope it works out for you too.

    Gigi — You are right about wordpress. I may contact them and ask about that. Thanks for pointing that out. 🙂

  4. cool, very nice. thanks 🙂

  5. Barb says:

    ‘Disorganized’ is NOT a word I would ever associate with you!
    I’m still enjoying your blog very much!

  6. Sandra says:

    Barb — I’m so glad you are such a faithful reader. Thank you, friend. And also for thinking of me as organized. It’s nice to have friends who gloss over your faults! 🙂

  7. Carla says:

    I am also trying to organize and get into more envirnmentally free all my mother’s pictures and mine and my mother-in-laws and it is quite a task. But a doable one. Thanks for your insight it has given me ideas.

  8. Sandra says:

    Oh good, Carla! I love it when MY ideas give YOU ideas! 🙂

  9. C. Beth says:

    I realized recently I could look at my photo folder and organize them by the date they were taken! Somehow the file is “stamped” with that date!

  10. Sandra says:

    Beth, my system saves them by date each time I download the memory card in my camera. But I take so many pictures that aren’t “date sensitive” like of holidays or specific seasons — characteristics that would make them easier to find by date — that I still have a tough time finding the picture I’m looking for. My (very organized) friend, Candy, sorts her pictures into more specific folders after each download, but I’m just not that organized! (If I was, my CLOSET would look better than it does!) 🙂

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