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Thursday, January 28, 2010

To Print or Not to Print

I was doing a little organizing today, and one task that has been on my to-do list forever has been to put a ton of printed pictures into photo albums. I then realized that I haven't printed digital pictures in about two years. I did plan, however, to do the iPhoto albums the next time around, and they're not as much work (but they are more money).

So here's my question. Does anyone even look at other people's photo albums anymore? WAY more people will have seen my Facebook pictures than will ever see my real photo albums. Do I really need to go through the trouble of creating and buying these albums that no one will ever look at? And if my kids want to look at them, then they can just look on the computer or the iPhone whenever they want.

And yeah, there's the nostalgia of a physical picture to look at, but who really cares? Isn't our culture changing enough that the nostalgia of physical pictures will be reserved for 20th century pictures? Can't I just pass on the files of my years of pictures to my kids? Then they don't even have to wait til I die! Anyone at all can have them - no fighting over them.

So what do you think? (Oh, and scrapbookers, y'all are your own breed, so I already know what you'll say. This is more of a question for non-scrapbookers. )


  1. As an ardent non-scrapbooker, I've wondered the same thing. I think I've concluded that printing is the way to go. I think specifically about the time when my Granny passed away, and I was sitting over at my dad's place on the floor with him and we were just looking at old pictures that he got from her house. There's something about being able to hold the photo in your hand and have an experience that doesn't involve computers or technology necessarily that's really important to me. Does that make sense?

  2. I agree that having a tangible picture is much better. I put all our wedding pictures into a Snapfish photo book and I like it a lot!

  3. ok I am not a scrapbooker what so ever, and I haven't stuck pictures into a photo album in FOREVER! But the reality is pictures bring families together and sitting around the fire looking over old pictures when the power is out is an excellent family activity. It is a good way to bring family together and to reminisce. My husband LOVES to do this when he goes back home and so will your kids when they are all grown up.


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