Gorgeous photo galleries for expecting moms and dads

All you moms and dads out there, whether you’re expecting your first or 12th child; one thing’s for sure: You’re probably going to take a cuadrillion photos of the newest member of your family. And from baby bump all the way through to first steps and beyond, nothing could be more precious in a photography portfolio than the documentation of a brand new life. So how exactly is one supposed to protect and organize this treasury of golden digital files? SmugMug has got you covered. Sounds like something you might want to try out? More info here.

An honest try (Where I ramble about my blogging efforts or lack thereof)

A couple of months ago I decided to switch from WordPress.com to Squarespace in order to see if there was a chance I could get this blog to make a bit of coffee money for me. The results so far have been far from encouraging if I have to be honest with you.

On the one had it’s been my real-life job’s fault. I’ve been so busy at work lately that I just haven’t been able to find the time to dedicate to serious blogging – understanding blogging as not only the action of posting new content here, but also reading other blogs, commenting, liking, staying active on social media and such. On the other hand it’s been the complete lack of inspiration or desire to do this (which once again you might want to blame on how exhausted I feel by the time I finally have a chance to open up my laptop).

Back to monetizing my blog. I’ve found out the hard way that unless you get enough readers there’s no way you’re going to make a single buck off of blogging, regardless of how good your site looks, how useful your content is, etc. They say content is king. Bullshit. I say a respectably-sized readership is king. Yeah, I know what you’re going to say: You build that readership by posting great content. Which brings us back to this post’s title: Giving blogging (and Squarespace) an honest try. I don’t know that I’ll be able to come up with great content to post here on a consistent, regular basis but at least I plan to be that: Consistent and regular. So here’s my plan: Starting today and until August 31st I’ll be publishing new content here at least twice a week; hopefully every Friday and Monday just to see if the mere updating of this blog on a steady basis will somehow show off in my stats. If by the end of August the numbers remain as depressingly low as they’ve been lately then I’ll just pack my bags and head on back home to WordPress.com – or why not? – scratch this whole blogging thing altogether, kill Dad’s Pixels and dedicate myself to, oh, I don’t know – flower planting?

So there it is folks. Hope you’ll bear with me and see you on the flip side – whatever that means.  

Image: Blogging Research Wordle by Kristina B on a Creative Commons license

How do you do it?

It’s really amazing how some of you parents out there find the time to be full time moms and/or dads, hold day-time jobs and still manage to keep your blogs semi-regularly updated.

One_man_band,_CDV_by_Knox,_c1865I can’t do it. For the life of me, I can’t. There’ll be times when I get that writing mojo and start updating this thing on a weekly or biweekly basis to only end up rather sooner than later getting trapped again in the daily grind of being a working dad.

And it’s not just this blog. When I think about all the social media accounts I’ve set up to gravitate around my website and help me spread the word, I swear to you; sometimes it makes me want to puke. Again, how do you guys do it? Are your blogging/social media efforts all part of a one-man show, as is my case? Keeping this up all by myself has been quite an uphill climb, I’ll tell you that right now.

In any case, let’s consider this post as yet another attempt at keeping Dad’s Pixels afloat. In a couple of months I’ll see if it’s time to move back to WordPress.com where it won’t hurt my pocket as much when I just let it sit idly collecting dust in the vast, cold void that the is the internet.

 

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Not long ago I explained here why I was moving this blog to Squarespace. Today I just wanted to give you all kind folks following this blog here on WordPress.com a heads-up so you don’t miss out on any of my updates (even though for some time I plan to post to both platforms until I finally decide on the best one for my needs). In any case, feel free to subscribe here and make sure you keep getting your weekly dosage of family, photography and the web.

A tribute to dads everywhere

Very much belated, but here’s my Father’s Day post, published that day on the new Dad’s Pixels. Hope you like it.

Dads are cool

My dad

Dads are fun

Dads make fools of themselves

Dads do crazy things

Dads love moms

Dads hug kids

Dads eat a lot

Dads drink beer

Dads stay up late

Dads get up early

Dads don’t beat wives

Dads stick around

Happy Father’s Day to all the real dads out there!

Four Kids And One Tablet: A Recipe For Disaster

If you have more than one child please keep this in mind when you go out shopping for a new tablet for your kids: You’re gonna need a few more.

You’re gonna need a bigger tablet. Or more of them, for that matter

Yes, it’s true. Children can’t share anything. And I learned that the hard way. Last December Wifey and I thought it’d be cute if Santa brought the Fantastic Four a shinny new Nexus 7 tablet. The 32-gigabyte version. So everyone could download and install all of their favorite games and applications.

Biggest. Mistake. Ever.

It’s been a constant struggle since then to see who gets their tiny, greasy little hands on the damn thing first. All you hear is “Dad, it’s my turn to use the tablet” or “Mom, Santy won’t hand over the tablet” or “I can’t use the tablet ’cause Maria drained all of the battery” or… Well, you get the idea.

So take my word: Don’t just buy one. Get as many tablets as the number of children living under your roof if you want to preserve a sense of sanity and composure around the house. Of course my last name isn’t Gates so I’ll have to make do with the one tablet but if you have the resources I say you stock up on Nexuses (Nexi?) and iPads and to hell with teaching your little ones how to be civilized and all sharey-like.

But hey, that’s just me. Have you had similar issues at home? How have things worked out in the end? Oh, they haven’t you’re saying? I know, I know. Life’s tough. What’re you going to do about it?

Instagram adds refined photo-editing options

A couple of nights ago Instagram got an update and I was pleasantly surprised to find out it wasn’t just your another “bug fixes” kind of update. Nope. This one comes with a bunch of nifty fine-tuned options that should help you take your Instagram photos to the next level.

Some of the new editing options on the left. Messing with saturation on the right.

Some of the new editing options on the left. Messing with saturation on the right.

Some of the things you can (and perhaps should) play around with before posting pics to everyone’s favorite photo-sharing community include:

  • 10 new photo editing tools.
  • Double-tap on filters to adjust the filter strength
  • Perfect your composition with Adjust and Vignette
  • Enrich colors with Warmth and Saturation
  • Adjust lights and darks with Brightness, Contrast, Highlights and Shadows
  • Make your photos crisp and clear with Sharpen

Here’s an image I edited directly on Instagram using some of these new tools. What do you think?

They also say it’ll be easier to upload and share videos but since I’m not a huge fan of videos on Instagram I’ll have to wait and see if there’s a real, noticeable difference there.

Will you be editing your photos much on Instagram now that you have control over things like brightness, saturation and the likes? Oh and btw, make sure you follow Dad’s Pixels on Instagram. Chances are I’ll follow you back.