This morning the traffic lights jumped from yellow to red just as I was approaching a pedestrian crossing. I stopped. A man and a small boy were standing on the sidewalk, waiting. The man turns to me and comments angrily or sarcastically:
Zu müde zum velofahren? (= too tired to cycle?)
I responded that I have a red light.
Somewhat weird comment. And he sounded angry.
Perhaps I didn’t fit in with his view of “rowdy” cyclists that ignore traffic lights.
Smug Mug acquired Flickr in April 2018. The question every long-term Flickr user is asking:
Should I renew my subscription?
I’ve been on Flickr for a very long time. And seen many ups and downs. Probably more downs. And it’s 2019 and I still use Flickr.
Subscription has doubled in price: 50$ for 1 year instead of 2 years. There is an ongoing downturn in community activity. Group discussions are rare. Pro:
Without VIPs, social media influencers and advertisers, Flickr has become a quieter place far from the crowd. Which isn’t so bad if you don’t need to promote and sell. The mobile app works. Nothing flashy but ok. Flickr supports the main functions I need. Easy, structured photo storage that is searchable and shareable. Currently, no new features are tested on unsuspecting users on a weekly basis. I have nearly 15 years of links and embedded photos that I would need to update on this blog. Sentimental value: faves, comments, tags, memories, stats, links. Smug Mug isn’t Facebook / Google / Microsoft / Amazon.
I have some time until my subscription expires. I have a local copy of all of my photos and I’ve started to pull a backup of my Flickr account.
The question is: Should I stay or should I go? And if I go, where should I go? And does it matter?
It’s the 6th of January. And… I already went for a run three times this week. I hope to continue my running streak throughout the winter months.
The plan is to carve out 30 minutes per day.
And perhaps I’ll write about it here. Because writing helps.