I like writing book reviews and sharing them, and so it was a no-brainer to add book reviews to my #50by50 list. I toyed with writing 50 of them, or making it a reading goal for 50 books, but then I realized it was simpler that I focus on writing and posting the reviews in a more manageable goal. I have a bunch of other books to review, but I’m going to declare this one “done” since I’m already at 13 book reviews since my birthday, with two of them non-fiction (yay me!):
- Seven Up by Janet Evanovich (BR00103)
- Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich (BR00104)
- To the Nines by Janet Evanovich (BR00105)
- Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich (BR00106)
- Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich (BR00107)
- Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich (BR00108)
- Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich (BR00109)
- Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich (BR00110)
- Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (BR00111)
- Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich (BR00112)
- Smoking Seventeen by Janet Evanovich (BR00113)
- RASC Observer’s Handbook, 2018 edited by James S.
Phase IV: Killing my SmugMug account
My annual renewal date for my SmugMug account is in May, and I wanted everything done by then.
I did all the uploading. I added the captions. I tested the videos and replaced the ones that didn’t work with converted formats. I sorted and organized the order in each album. And then I re-linked everything to the blog articles that had photos in them. I also found some time in there to tweak the organization as I went, like moving cooking ones into a separate folder and doing virtual links back to the regular folders, adding in a lot of my humour and TV review photos even if they don’t need captions, etc.
It took a bit of time. Two months in fact. And it’s now DONE. Well at least that portion of it.
As I went, I got ideas for some blog entries. Plus some other ideas for uses of my photos. » Read the rest
Phase III: Fixing an embedding problem in WordPress
One of the things I do with my photos, besides having them in a gallery, is embed them in various posts in my WordPress blog. For example, I have a section on the site dealing with an HR student conference from back in 2002, and I have a small album of photos with the conference docs. Those photos are stored with my Piwigo gallery, and embedded as a hot link in the WordPress pages. Simple, right?. But here’s the problem. The link to each photo currently says:
http://thepandafamily.smugmug.com/yada yada yada
Now that I have the new gallery up and running, if I simply delete the old one, those links won’t work. I have to change ALL of them to say:
https://www.polywogg.ca/pandafamily/yada yada yada
It isn’t a huge challenge, just under 100 posts in total with maybe 400 photos linked. But each photo or video link has to have the SmugMug link deleted and the Piwigo link pasted BEFORE I delete the SmugMug account. » Read the rest
I was right, uploading took a whack of time. I also don’t much like one aspect of the upload window — if something “fails”, it gives you an error while the screen is still uploading so you can see it, but once the rest of the uploads are done, it just rolls over to a new screen showing the successful uploads. No continued error message to say “64 uploaded, 2 didn’t”. So I wasn’t monitoring as I went, and later in the subsequent phases, I’ve discovered “missing” photos and videos i.e. ones that for some reason didn’t upload successfully the first time. Not a huge problem to fix, just annoying. If the result page showed the “failed” ones, I would have fixed immediately upon upload.
I also underestimated the final size. I thought about 10K in photos, which is about right for the family photos. But with everything else on the site, there are actually 14,147 photos, 500 albums, 24 plugins and 25.1 GB of data. » Read the rest