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So, today marks the last day on NaBloPoMo (hurrah, I hear you cry. How rude! :P )

A few people asked if I would do a bit of a review on this whole experience, so here's a quick little FAQ thing:

  1. Why did you do it?

    Well, for a few reasons really. The main one being that I've felt like I had nothing to blog about for months - years, even - and I wanted to get back into the swing of things. Did it help? Yes! I had a real problem where I felt held back by what others thought and this allowed me to think past that.

  2. What was the hardest part?

    Having something to write about. I had vague ideas every day, but nothing I really felt was worth publishing. I didn't want to post 'filler' so I went through past NaBlo prompt lists for inspiration.

  3. Did you cheat and schedule your posts in advance?

    I only did this with a few posts, like if I had a particularly long D-free moment and inspiration for posts and/or if I knew I'd be away the next day. In general though, they were all live.

  4. Why was everything posted at 6pm?

    Ah, that'll be my annoying edit-re-edit cycle :P I wrote most posts an hour or so before letting them go live, so I had time to fiddle with them as much as my perfectionism demanded. By 6 I was usually busy doing other things, so the version that was current at that time is the version that went out. Yes, I am weird. :P

  5. Will you update more frequently now?

    I'll try ;)

Yep, so there we go! I really enjoyed this challenge and definitely feel more inspired to write now. Hopefully I haven't bored you all too much with all this - maybe you even enjoyed it too :D

Do people still use feed readers?

I never really used a feed reader. I had all my bookmarks in a folder, and I'd open them all in tabs and visit each one manually to check for updates. Then I discovered Firefox's live bookmarks, and added my feeds there - I liked it because it meant I could keep up to date but it still sent me to the actual site to view the updates, so I kept up with new layouts and all that (when that sort of thing was popular, heh).

Now, I have 3 sites sat in there that never really update. It seems that the done thing now is to 'like' pages on Facebook or follow them on Twitter - I've followed suit with most of the sites I used to follow through a feed, and kind of forget about the ones that are still sat in the live bookmarks. So do people still use the likes of Google Reader etc, or do you prefer to get everything all at once through social media?

Phones vs cameras

I've had a digital camera since 2004 or thereabouts. I used my first one quite a bit, but I replaced it in 2010 because I was getting annoyed with it. I used said new camera for a holiday in 2010, and perhaps once or twice since. I don't even know where it is right now, let alone its charger.

The reason for this is because I now use my phone almost exclusively for taking photos. I first got a camera phone in 2005, but I hardly used it because it was a real job getting the pics off it - I had to email them to myself, which wasn't very practical on a phone that only supported the very basic-est of internet at the time (WAP. Remember that?). I then moved onto phones than had removable memory cards and/or a data transfer cable - much easier. Quality of pics not great though, so actual camera was still used.

It was my T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream (first Android phone) that really started replacing my camera. Quality of pictures was much better, and for the first time I could easily transfer them - much more so than off my camera, in fact. I could just sync them to my computer over wifi, or upload them straight to Flickr/Twitter/whatever. My next Android phone, the HTC Wildfire, had a camera of the same specs as my original digicam. My current phone (iPhone 4S) takes better pics than my current camera :|

Is the era of the digital camera is coming to an end? I was thinking about this the other day - other than serious photographers, I can't think of many people who use their cameras much. Even my grandad uses his phone more than his camera these days! It's a shame, I like my little camera... I must find it and make use of it once more :D

I was going to do a comparison of pictures from phones over the years (thrilling, eh?), but then I remembered I lost all my pictures before 2007 in The Great Computer Crash Of Doom, so yep. Not bitter. :P

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