Friday, 27 January 2017

this blog is now a book

**I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

If you watch my YouTube channel, you'd already know that I have decided to downsize a little bit in the camera collection department.  Many of those cameras that I have written about on this blog have either been sold, or are for sale in my Etsy Shop.

I had an idea to create a kind of catalogue to remind me of my cameras once they're out the door. I had been taking portraits of these cameras and collating some photos I took with the camera in question, along with some words about the camera. This would then be made into a book I can have sitting on the coffee table. As you guys already know, I mostly use Blurb for my photo books and highly recommend Blurb - so much so that I am an affiliate of theirs.

Unfortunately, I had already sold some of the cameras before I thought of this project.  Also, I hadn't been incredibly organised with my photos, so it was becoming a bit of a grind to match photos of the cameras, with photos I had taken with said cameras. Because of this, the project took a bit of a back seat, even though it is something I really need to do.

You can imagine how pleased I was then with the new update in Blurbs book software BookWright. There is a new "Site Import" feature. With this tool, you can scan your website or blog and grab your images and text which can then be used to create a book!

Basically, that solved my problem. Scanning this blog, the tool returned all my posts in a scrollable list from which I could select the posts I wanted to use - i.e., my camera related posts. The images and text in those posts were then available for me to edit and arrange to my taste in BookWright. That's saved me days, maybe weeks of work literally.

As an affiliate of Blurb, and a keen user, I was given the opportunity to spread the word about this feature for little compensation. Also, as stated in the beginning of the post, the Blurb/BookWright link I provided is an affiliate link, so I will be compensated (earn commission) if you make any purchases after clicking on it.

I hope you find this tool as useful as I have.


Friday, 30 December 2016

reflecting on 2016

Exactly a year ago, I posted "reflecting on 2015" which included some of the tweaks I would be making in 2016 in light of hindsight. In a blink of an eye, here we are again, another year gone.

This year, I'm even more grateful to be here than I was last year. There have been definitive instances when I could have been taken from this planet. One I probably will never forget was a split decision I made not to cross the road at a traffic light despite it being in pedestrian crossing mode ("green man"). For whatever reason, I didn't cross. I just didn't. I don't know why not, but boy am I glad I didn't. At the point when I would have been right in the middle of the road, a woman that appeared to be having a heated conversation on her mobile phone sped through the red light. She would have turned me into Flatman - the dead superhero. She of course was non the wiser as she zoomed obliviously along a residential road at motorway speeds. So yes, I am grateful to be alive today.

Ok. So how did I do in 2016? Was I victorious at the tweaks or no?

1. Grow closer to family than ever before:  The simple answer is yes. In 2016, for me, family has been everything. Onwards to 2017, I hope to make this even more so.

2. Make more money than ever before:  Hmmm. This one was tricky.  I did make more money than the previous year, but it wasn't "more than ever before". However, there are signs that 2017 will be the year when the money machine finally kicks in big. I believe I have finally arrived at an understanding of what needs to be done, and do it I shall.

3. Care less about money than ever before:  Yes. I have achieved this in 2016 for sure. I think my attitude towards money has changed for good as a result.

4. Take more photos of myself:  Oh yes. Not just that, I've also allowed other people to take photos of me. Normally when the occasion arrises I'd take control of the camera, or control would be handed to me. Either way, it would be me taking photos of everyone, and no one taking photos of me. That's changed a bit in 2016. More can be done though.

5. Be more consistent with everything I do:  Yes. Yes. I have been consistent with many things and I have seen the benefits of consistency.  A good example is my YouTube channel - Old Cameras. Consistency has grown the audience from around 300 to over 4000 subs this year. I could be even more consistent though, so I am going to do just that in 2017

6. Finish things:  50%. This is a big one for me.  Yes, I have gotten a lot better in 2016 at finishing things, but a lot of work still remains to be done here. A significant amount of my energy, both mental and physical, will be dedicated to this in 2017.