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How to Organize Your Old Documents and Photos to Be Uploaded Online

So you have things sitting around your home, in files, photo albums, and on computer CDs and memory cards that you want to put online?  Well, here are some quick tips on getting those useful materials organized before you start posting them here, there and everywhere.

First, review all items you want to upload and group them in categories.  So if you want to create a blog about your family, it would make sense to organize all of your family photos by subject matter.  If you wanted to create a blog or website about some fun places you have visited, then you would want to group all these photos according to where you have been.

Next, organize the items based on what is most important to you.  You can spread these documents and photos out over a large table, separate them into files, or post them on a board or wall in the order that you would want them to be viewed.  The items that are a must like a recent family event that everyone is just eager to view, should be the first group of items you upload to a blog, website or other social networking page.

Third, write short descriptions of what you are posting and include your notes on each item.  Post-it-notes are great for helping you organize your thoughts.  Place them on the back of photos or on top of documents.  Always include who wrote or took the photo where applicable.

Fourth, be sure that all photographs, documents and other items have been edited and reviewed before uploading.  You will also want to get permission to share some items beforehand.  Get written permission if the documents/photos are someone else's work.  The last thing you want is someone upset with you or all-too-ready to sue you for sharing their work.

Lastly, when uploading items, make your life easier, and keep them in the order that you want them to appear on your page.

Nicholl McGuire

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