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May 15, 2010

Why no new photos in the Gallery

Filed under: My Life,My Thoughts — Suramya @ 4:40 AM

A few people asked me why I don’t upload any photos to the Photogallery anymore so I checked the logs and found that the last time I uploaded stuff to the gallery was in August of 2009. Considering that the photogallery was the most frequently updated section of the site before then, it is a long time to not upload new stuff. Plus even before then it was sporadic and not all trips/events got shared on the site.

This is not because I don’t have photos to upload and share. It wasn’t because I was feeling lazy and didn’t have time. It takes me about 15 mins to create a new section and upload new pics and most of it is spent on creating captions. The main issue is that I have gotten tired of getting crap from people about the photos I post. I spend hours deciding what photos to post and what not to post. The no of photos I post on the site are not even 1% of the total photos I have taken. The gallery wasn’t made to embarrass people, it was made to share photos of the good times I have had with friends.

When people asked me to remove a particular photo or change a caption I usually remove the photo if their reason made sense to me. Then I started getting comments telling me that I always post crappy photos of people on the site to make them look bad. If that’s what you think. Fine. Its your point of view. I am tired of listening to the crap and have people giving me shit. So I have stopped uploading photos to the site.

I take photos because I like it. I don’t HAVE to post it for others. If you want a copy of the photos I take email me and I will put them up in a private section of the site and give you access. But I am done posting these photos publicly for now. This is not a decision I have made today. Its been in my thoughts for a while but this is the first time I am writing this down.

I am seriously considering moving the entire domain to a password protected area. No public photos no BS. But its not something I have decided yet. Lets see, I am still thinking about it.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya


  1. I think you should make it password protected. And give out a generic password to friends. Maybe even create a php form that asks people some personal question (“where did you first meet suramya” “school” or “college” or “work” and then ask them to name the place.) This way, you have a password for the school friends and one for college friends, etc.

    Comment by Vinit — May 16, 2010 @ 1:19 PM

  2. That’s actually a good idea and is something like what I was considering implementing on the photogallery. However I still have to figure out a few things before I implement this:

    * I will need to add access controls based on what username/password you logged in as. Figuring access details and which section gets what access will be a pain.
    * The code for the photogallery will need to be almost completely re-written so should I rewrite the code or move it to something like ‘gallery’ (a photogallery software) and modify that?
    * I seem to have lost the drive to upload new photos to the site so is it worth the effort spent to do all this instead of just putting a htaccess block?

    Lets see.

    Comment by Suramya — May 18, 2010 @ 4:08 PM

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