technology meets tranquility
You probably haven't heard that word in a long time, but I just did a bunch of research on curating photos to prepare to lead multiple short (very short) roundtable talks at the Women's Business Owner's Association of the Pioneer Valley (WBOA).  I had way more information than I could possibly present in 10 minutes, even after the practice I had by the third time around, so I wanted to share the wealth.  Sure I know, you could just Google it the way I did, but sometimes it's hard to wade through all that shtuff.  It's nice when someone just shows us where to look. I didn't reinvent the wheel and you don't need to either.  So, here's some good articles to help you figure out the best ways to organize and share the multitude of digital photos in your collection. 

Organizing Tips

L.A. at Home
Organizing photos: 
Here are 10 tips for managing all those pictures

Feeling overwhelmed by all your digital photographs? Here are 10 ways to get them sorted.

Decorating Files
Digital Photo Clutter: 
Easy Steps to Keeping Your Photos Organized

Looking for ways to tame your digital photo clutter? ... Guest blogger, Michelle Nahom of Creative Photo Solutions, LLC and the blog A Dish of Daily Life sharing some tips on how we can organize our digital photos and keep them that way.

PC Magazine
Digital Photography Super Guide:
How to Organize Your Photos

So you've shot some great photos with your DSLR, point-and-shoot, or even phone camera. How can you store, organize, and share them? Here's how.

Photo Sharing

Top Ten Reviews
Why Use a Photo Sharing Service?
In this site, you’ll find our learning center articles on photo sharing services as well as comprehensive reviews on photo sharing sites like PhotobucketProSlickPic and Flickr Pro. All of this is presented with a side-by-side comparison to help you make an informed decision on which service is right for your photo sharing needs.

The Best Photo-Sharing Sites
When it comes to capturing a moment, you never hesitate to point and shoot. Sharing your images and videos with friends and family, however, requires a bit more pause. At first glance, the options are almost identical. That’s whyReal Simple has rounded up the best sites to help you organize, share, and order prints. One is sure to be your picture-perfect match.

CNET How-to
Comparing the best ways to store your photos online
Find out which photo-sharing and storage site best suits your needs with this deep dive into the top online photo services.
7 Top Photo Sharing Websites
…Here are 7 of the best photo sharing web sites for you to consider. Unlock those great photos and start sharing today!

Technology and equanimity. Seriously?
Yes. Seriously.  But not too seriously. Let’s try not to take anything too seriously cuz it sucks all the fun out of it and the world has plenty of fun-sucking stuff already.
You’re busy. I know. You’ve got emails to answer, reports to write, a commute to make, homework to supervise, kids to chauffeur, meals to prepare, lawns to mow, this to do, and that to do, and some other darn thing to finish before you can sleep.  It seems to never end. So how can technology possibly help?  Won’t we just be adding Facebook posts to read, Instagram photos to take, and tweets to… well, tweet. How can we possibly find equanimity in the midst of all that?
Honestly, I’m still figuring out the balance myself - could you really believe me if I said anything else?  And I’d sure like some company on the journey.
But here's what I’ve figured out so far… 
First, we have to center ourselves. Get organized. Get a grip. Get our ducks in a row. Get it all together, and not forget where we put it. Technology is great for the organization stuff – contacts & calendars, notes & reminders, alarms, weather updates, grocery lists, even health tracking. Having it all at our fingertips can be time-saving, energy-saving, and sanity-saving.
  • Quick example: I care for an early bird, a night owl, and a can-go-either-way-bird. Catching the bus was hit or miss… until I set three alarms on my smart phone – first bus alarm (10 minutes left), second bus alarm (5 minutes left), and BUS!!  Occasionally they’re all out the door before BUS!! (happy smile)  Believe me starting the day with everyone making the bus without a fuss adds a great deal to my sense of tranquility.

Next, we reach out to others, because sitting alone in your centered little circle can be tranquil, but it can also be isolated, lonely, or just plain boring.  If you’re lucky enough to live near lots of family and friends with plenty of time to get together and shoot the breeze, commiserate, or party with, go for it.  If not, FaceBook, Instagram, or an old-fashioned email can help fill the void. Now, I’m not denying that they can also make the void even emptier, but that’s where discernment and the judicious use of social media comes in. The intentional and mindful use of social media can be healthy and fun while helping us stay connected with loved ones. 
  • Quick example: I hadn’t seen a particular friend in literally 30 years, but we’re FaceBook friends. When I found out I’d be in his city, I messaged him.  We met for brunch and a fabulous foray down memory lane. It was truly wonderful and never would have happened without FB.  I know from experience that there are happy, healthy ways to connect via technology. 

Now you’re centered, connected, and ready to release all that positive creativity into the world.  Create art, create scrapbooks, create music. Create a life. Your life.  There’s photos to take, journals to write, art to make, stories to tell. Maybe it’ll be just your world, just for you.  Maybe you’ll turn it into a blog, or some stunning Tumblr page.  Maybe it’ll  be amusing anecdotes you post on FB or haiku on Twitter. Whatever it is it's yours, it's creative, and it's freeing.
  • Quick example: My first tweet was from the Eastern States Exposition a.k.a. “The Big E” (the regional fair here in New England) in the Farm-a-rama Building (yes, that’s a real thing) at the incubator where you can watch the little chicks hatch out of their eggs. I tweeted “At the #BigE just hanging with my peeps.”  Hardly literature, but it still makes me smile (Uh, oh, now you know the sense of humor you’re dealing with).

So there you go. 
Center yourself. Connect with others. Create your life.
Let’s get started.