In 2007, I started working on a hobby project to get all my photos available digitally online. I mainly wanted a safe backup of all my photos in case of fire or flood, but I also wanted to be easily able to print whichever photos I wanted quickly. I got my first digital camera halfway through 2003. The photos it took weren't very good quality by today's standards, but I almost immediately abandoned my film camera. Not only that, but I greatly increased the number of photos I took because I wasn't printing most of them. The economic incentive was the opposite of what it was with film camera: the more photos the more cost-effective my camera was. It took me two years to get all of my digital photos online 2003-March of 2009, just because there were so many. At the same time, I was scanning all of my non-digital prints.
Well, this January, I finally finished. I have all my photos of family, friends, and places I've traveled on Flickr. Some of those people I've lost, and now all I have is these photos and my memories. I don't regret the time I invested taking, scanning, editing, and posting photos. And I look forward to enjoying the albums I can make fairly easily now. I do wish I had a few more of the loved ones I lost, but all I can do is be sure to capture some more important memories from here on out.
Screenshot of my Flickr collections