Selected Excerpts from Chapter 9 - Anyone for Home Movies?

Documenting doesn’t have to be complex or a large production. It can be as simple as keeping a journal. If you have never practiced the discipline of journal writing, you are in for a treat. In high school, I had to keep a journal for my creative writing class. In true high school teenage boy form, I would wait until the night before it was due and write page after page of journal entries.


When I talk about journals, or journaling as it is called sometimes, I am not referring to the practice of droning on about your self-pity trip or some injustice supposedly suffered. I have found those entries utterly worthless. I write journal entries for me to read in 10 or 20 years to help me remember. I assume I will have forgotten almost everything about the event I am describing, and I include all the details that I think I might enjoy.


If you are keeping your pictures on a computer, you probably have enough money to pay for some method of backing up the priceless data. If your pictures are prints, you have a back-up in the negatives. No matter what form you use, your digital pictures or negatives should have another copy somewhere. If you have high-speed internet, the best place to keep a back-up is a remote site and there are many companies that will provide that service for a small fee. We back-up our data through an on-line back up service each night. It means leaving the computer running and paying the $5 per month fee, but our data is safely in a remote location.

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