Saturday, April 14, 2012

Change of plan

I have decided to change things around a bit, the overhead of maintaining my website, blogs, and other profiles was making updates a chore rather than fun, so I have decided to simplify things.

My website, was in need of an update, and adding new images was a lengthy process, so it will be retired, and act as a simple redirect URL to my Google+ Profile instead.

I had been using a tumblr blog, amongst other things, as a news feed for the website, I will no longer be updating that blog (not that I had updated in a while, because I hadn't).

My Flickr Pro account is up for renewal in a week or so, and I am not planning on renewing.  I just don't use Flickr enough these days to justify it.  I will probably still update it occasionally, but is likely to be a long way behind the images posted to Google+, and will have all the restrictions of a free account, so not all that useful really.

My RedBubble account, well, RedBubble has been bugging me for a while, it is a chore to get new images in there as they have not provided an API, other services allow uploads via an API from products like LightRoom which makes workflow easy.  I have sold a few images via RedBubble, but overall I feel it isn't actually worth the trouble of maintaining it for the small number of sales it generates, granted, I am not terribly active there which is probably not helping sales.  I did write a Perl Module to upload images automatically, which worked for a time, but then RedBubble changed their site and it stopped working. I could put in the effort to fix it up, but there is no saying it won't break again, in fact it is likely that it would.  To add to this, I had linked to products on the RedBubble site from my website, which was great until RedBubble decided to change all the URLs (no notification of course) which broke all those links.
So, long story short, RedBubble is in the Too Hard basket, and, like with Flickr, my use of it will most likely fade even more.

So, the new plan.

I will upload photos to Google+ and provide updates there.  And I will update this blog occasionally where a blog is a more appropriate forum than Google+ provides.

I already have a list of other profiles on my Google+ profile, and most of them are marked as either unused or used only occasionally.

Long story short, I'm on Google+ now.
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