Social Media is Like a Photo Collection: Always Changing and Often Overwhelming

It’s hard to believe how long it’s been since I did my last blog post. I’ve been learning about running a personalized service business in the usual way: trial and error. For some reason, even though I knew starting a business would be difficult, I created my own fantasy that it would be different for me than that of other entrepreneurs. A bit naive, I know, but I believed it none the less.

As I began working with clients helping them organize and control their print and digital photos, as well as scan old photo collections, I took comfort in the fact that I was helping them preserve and enjoy their photos in better ways. But, and there’s always a but, when I didn’t have clients and free time was like all day, reality would hit that I had to face the music and get the things done I had been procrastinating on. Can anyone relate? Ugh! Reality. I hate it sometimes. Being a grownup some days is hard enough, but being a solo entrepreneur can be downright painful, especially when one procrastinates or just can’t find enough hours in the day.

I, like everyone, am better at some things than others. When we’re doing what we enjoy, there is a comfort and confidence in our abilities. However, as I sit here trying to figure out how to get the social media part of the business back on track, I have to admit that I’m clueless. A lot of people I know love all this social media stuff. I just find it overwhelming. It’s always changing which makes it difficult to keep up with. And there you have it. The title and catalyst for this post.

I’ve done all the research, listened to experts and to peers as to which platforms are the best, how often to post, what to post, how to connect with clients and potential clients, etc. After attending webinars, reading articles and investigating options I’d be all excited and motivated. “I can do this,” I’d say. “It will be fun.” Then I’d get started and quickly discover that it’s not fun…yet.

I’m sure you’re wondering how photo collections really relate to my obvious ineptness with social media. Continue reading Social Media is Like a Photo Collection: Always Changing and Often Overwhelming

Protect Yourself and Kids From Digital Kidnapping

What You Need to Know About Digital Kidnapping

I came across this article that reveals just how dangerous the simple act of sharing your photos with others can be. There is a disturbing trend in which people “baby role play” by hijacking a photo of your child from a social media site and use it in frightening and creepy ways.

If you freely share photos of your kids, grandkids, nieces, etc., on social media, please read this article and follow through on the suggestions provided. We must do everything we can to protect our children in a society that is growing increasingly complex and global with privacy quickly becoming a thing of the past.

October is here. Uh oh! Christmas shopping is near.

If you’re the type of person who likes to get a jump on your Christmas shopping, you’ve probably already started and have gifts hidden away. My friend’s mom starts her shopping right after the first of the year. She is usually done by July!

I don’t start thinking about it until at least November. And I don’t start taking action until after December 1st. Every year I tell myself I’ll get started early so I can keep my eye out for bargains. I have succeeded in doing that some years, but in other years I am scrambling to find the gifts I want because too many times the items are out of stock. Of course, they’re always seasonal items and the store won’t be getting any more in. Panic and anxiety then rushes through every part of my body. Can anyone relate?

For all the procrastinators and late starters out there, I’m sending out this gentle reminder to start thinking about Christmas a little earlier than usual. You can get a jump on your gift buying and let others be the ones to find the shelf empty for a change. I don’t mean for that to sound cruel but, hey, it shouldn’t have to be you every year getting the short end of the stick.

Top 3 Tips for Stress-Free Gift Buying

  1. Start NOW trying to find out what your loved ones really want. Waiting until the last minute to think about what you want to get someone is just asking for trouble. Drop hints, ask subtle questions, go shopping and watch what makes their eyes light up or draws their attention. You’ll probably get plenty ideas to work with before Christmas shopping kicks into high gear.
  2.  Actually LISTEN to your loved ones when they talk and complain. This might seem like a strange tip but if you have a short attention span or Attention Deficit Disorder (I think I suffer from this a lot!), then you’ll want to take this tip to heart. Everyone shares likes, dislikes, dreams, struggles, etc., in conversation and even while griping. For example, a friend might mention she enjoys going out to see a movie or likes a particular restaurant but money’s been tight lately. A gift card to the theater or that restaurant would be perfect. A spouse who is complaining about how long it takes to prepare meals might mention how a certain appliance could cut meal prep time in half if only he/she had it. A spouse complaining about not being able to keep up with the house might enjoy a few months of maid service. But don’t always think in terms of practical gift giving. Something personal such as jewelry and clothing are always nice, as are items that help them further their dreams, goals or hobbies. Just listen and you’ll be amazed at what you learn.
  3. Make a list of your ideas and start looking for sales right away. Sales have changed. Prices are often times lower before or after Black Friday rather than on Black Friday itself. If you start pricing items early, you’ll know when you’ve come across a bargain. And wouldn’t that be a great feeling? Be sure to check the Internet for pricing also. If you find an item on the Internet cheaper than a local store, try asking at the store if they’ll match the Internet price. (You’ll need a print out of the item and price with the current day’s date. Items usually need to be an exact match.) Then purchase the item!! Enjoy buying when the shelves are stocked, the stores aren’t crazy busy and the lines are not a block long.

For the person who has everything, I’m putting in a plug for my services as a perfect gift idea. Family photos are your story. And scanning your photos to disc is saving your family history and story forever. Who doesn’t enjoy viewing photos of themselves, their loved ones and their ancestors? A CD/DVD takes up very little space, is portable and can be enjoyed over and over for years to come. So think about giving the gift of laughter, memories and love! Every time the photos are viewed they’ll think of the person that gave it to them. That person can be YOU. Check out the Christmas in October specials! And for a perfect stocking stuffer for people of all ages, check out this nifty little item, the Picture Keeper.

Family photos on DVD
Family photos on DVD beautifully gift-wrapped

Father’s Day Through the Eye of a Camera

Fathers are special.
Fathers are special.

Sunday is Father’s Day. What a great time to record some of your dad’s favorite stories. Saving Memories Forever is an easy and mobile way to start creating a legacy that can be enjoyed by everyone today and future generations. Even if your dad is no longer with you, you can record the stories you remember him sharing with you over the years so they are not lost forever. Check it out here to receive a discount code.

And whether you visit your dad in person, by phone or even Skype, let him know how much you appreciate all he has done for you. The older you get the more you realize the sacrifices he made for you. He’ll love hearing how he’s impacted your life in such positive ways. If you visit in person, take photos of him with all the family members. Capture some natural moments rather than posing for all of them. Then back them up, print and share them with others.

Another fun activity is to take some of your old Father’s Day photos with you to share with your dad. It will be fun to see how you celebrated it in the past, who shared in the fun and the silly looking clothes that were so cool back then! You can also take some photos of other activities you did together over the years. Good ones are those for which you have a story about how that time spent together made a positive change in your life. Be prepared with some tissues close by!

Some of us no longer have our dads with us. But we do have pictures of the many fun times shared on past Father’s Days. Pull those photo albums or shoe boxes out of the closet and take some time to look at those past celebrations and reminisce with other family members or just by yourself. You’ll find yourself laughing about the silly things he used to do or say and the special way he touched your life.

Hello world!

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Photos have meaning. But most of us look at a photo as something that is taken and then almost immediately forgotten. A picture is a just a picture. No big deal. But that philosophy couldn’t be further from the truth. We’ve gotten in the habit of taking pictures because we think we should. We want to capture special moments but no real thought goes into what we are wanting to capture and why. Thus they become an afterthought and useless.

However, photos are treasures. More valuable than silver and gold. They’re history. Life-changing. Empowering. Memories long forgotten. Confidence builders. Love. Laughter. Tears. Stories. Personalities. Relationships. Powerful. Legacy. Who we are! And who came before us that helped make us who we are.

As a Personal Photo Organizer and owner of Shoebox Photo Scans LLC, preserving pictures and personal stories is my specialty. Bringing back the value and impact that photos have in our lives is my lofty goal.

This blog is to share with you anything and everything about photos that will help you appreciate, preserve and share your family stories and history through not only photos but oral and visual methods as well.

This is my first attempt at a blog, so I welcome your suggestions on topics you’d like to learn more about. Feel free to share your stories and ideas as well from which we can all benefit.

Thanks for stopping by!

Preserve Your Memories Forever and For Others

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