Sailing away…

In February 2007 I decided to start my own photoblog (blog.bitprocessor.be). Back then, the photoblog community was very alive and after visiting some blogs, I soon got many returning visitors to my website. But then came social networks and other platforms such as flickr became more popular than having your own blog. It seemed like the photoblog community was fading away. Together with a lack of inspiration and the limited possibilities of Pixelpost, my website was as good as inactive. Less than one post a month, almost no visitors… I went through older comments recently, half of the websites I once used to visit and liked that much have simply gone!

During our vacation in Croatia (August 2012) I had a talk with my wife about what to do. I love taking pictures, but wasn’t happy with my website, nor flickr etc…
As some of you may or may not now: I don’t believe in “social network” – call me crazy, but in my opinion, there really is nothing social about them. Voyeurism-networks, that would be a good name for them. Except for Twitter, which I don’t categorize under “social network” and seems like a real source of all kinds of information to me.

Photo-communities such as flickr, 500px etc all lack something crucial: either they look ugly (flickr, it’s really time for a mayor update) or they look nice (500px) but they never offer real personalization. I’m sure there are some exceptions, but I think my point is clear?

So, what’s the plan… Well: first of all – exit Pixelpost ! While it was a great platform for photoblogging (which it still is), it really lacks extra functionality. And… it’s getting old (last update was when again ? ). Welcome WordPress with its active development, hundreds of plugins & even more themes (free or paid).
Secondly, I wanted to be able to have beautiful galleries on well defined topics. After some research on the Internet I found a great theme that suited my needs (you’re looking at it).
And third, better workflow: exit Bordermaker, exit full-size uploads nobody seems to use & exit uploads to flickr (I’ll soon delete my account).

I started looking at ways to import Pixelpost data into WordPress and didn’t find anything that really suited my needs. They were either lacking clean import of everything (photos, linked categories, comments) or they weren’t free. So I decided to write a script myself. It exports Pixelpost-content in the WordPress XML format (WXR) and can be imported using the WordPress import tool (build-in). There might be a post about it later on, but the script isn’t really made for publication at the time. However, feel free to contact me, I’ll be happy to share the script and some information on how to do it.

A new platform was born: pixacube.com ! I still have a lot of work adding galleries at the time of writing, but I’m already very happy with the result.
Do I want comments ? Sure… Will I be sad if I don’t get any comments on my posts ? No… after all, photography is my hobby & passion. I put the pictures online that I selected and that I like… If others don’t like them… well, that’s OK…

The image included in this post kind of illustrates this new journey: sailing away from the old… Welcoming the new !

  • Aperture: ƒ/10
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D
  • Focal length: 85mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s