Archive for September, 2005

Saving my memories online.

Posted on September 30, 2005. Filed under: books, web |

As I’m watching the coverage on TV of hurricane victims in the Gulf states and fire evacuations in L.A. County (don’t ask me why I get only Southern Calif. stations when I live in Souther Oregon!), it makes me wonder what I would grab in an emergency and what I would miss most. Selling my dream house and the constant self inventory of recovery have lessened my overwhelming desire for “stuff,” so I’m pretty sure that most of my most treasured items would be sentimental: my scrapbooks, the kid’s art projects, pictures of loved ones, my grandpa’s purple heart. But I do take heart in knowing that a lot of my precious memories have been saved online in blog form and on photo sharing websites, such as KodakGallery (a lot of older pix) and Flickr (mostly newer). I would encourage any avid amateur photographer to utilize one or more of the many photo and file sharing services on the Internet. Just in case. 🙂

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Evolution of a blogger

Posted on September 28, 2005. Filed under: blogging |

After some thought, I finally figured out how I want to use this WP blog. Since I already have a blog set up for my recovery and general mommyblogging stuff, it would seem sort of silly to start over and/or move everything over here. Plus, I’ve customized (read: screwed up) my template quite a bit and I can’t do that here. I think what I’d like to do is share some of the things I’m learning about blogging (tools, tutorials, standards).

Although I started on Blogger about 5 years ago, I never really did anything longterm or productive there for any length of time until recently. By the time I got the hang of keeping a weblog on a regular basis, I discovered WordPress and starting using it. I was amazed at how easy it was to install and use. Even a wannabe-geek such as myself could set up and customize the software without much trouble. Very cool.

So here I am. Learning how to pimp WP and trying to figure out how to use the “tools” out there to make my site cool and usefull, but not too disco or ad burdened. I’ll start sharing some of my finds here and hope some other blogging virgins and newbies find them helpful or interesting.

My next task is to figure out how to make my own templates, then I might be a real geek, right?

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