Today is the 1st of February and it is also the month of the most important day of the year. Its very important for men and most important to women. Yep, you guessed it, I’m talking about Valentine’s day! It’s very important that men don’t forget it and really important to the women that the men remember how important it is to the women. They may argue the point but I’m pretty sure that most men out there have had to deal will women after forgetting to show their appreciation for them by showing their love on this most auspicious day. As important as it is to the men and women of this world it’s even more important to the marketers and retailers because they’re the ones that capitalize from this annual event. That being the case there is no reason why us bloggers get in on the action. The way to do that is to use our blogs to market to all those blokes out there who, if they know whats good for them, will give their better half something nice on Valentines day. OK, all you guys out there, there is a very good reason too for not forgetting to buy your better half a Valentines Gift. Forget about what I said about Valentines Day on my Load Of Bullshit blog. Forgetting your better half on Valentine’s day can have dire consequences, anything from not getting laid on the night to getting the silent treatment for some time to come. As to those of
you who have yet to score a girlfriend, this is probably one of the best opportunities you will get to show the woman of your dreams how much you think of her. Who knows, play your cards right and you may land your first girlfriend. The problem that most guys, and a lot of women, have is deciding what to give to their Valentine. Well, that’s cool because I have some very good ideas for you and thankfully for you some of those ideas come straight from one of the most reliable online stores ever. Yep, you guessed it Amazon.
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Most of you know that I have two photo blogs, but what you don’t know is that the site I used to host my photos on went broke and I lost all my photos. This created a major problem on those sites because it meant that as soon as that site went offline, with no warning mind you, all my posts lost their photos. I cannot describe the hassles involved in matching the right photos to the right posts. It took ages!
First thing first though, before I could upload the photos I needed to find a new site for them. I didn’t want to host them with my blog host because I didn’t want to use up all that band width. After doing a lot of research I decided that the best site to host my photos was Flickr! I have to admit the fact that Flickr was free did help to sway my choice but once I started using it I was happy that I chose them.
As you would expect having two photo blogs meant that it was only a matter of time before I used up the free portion of my account but once I did I didn’t hesitate to go for the 2 year Flickr Pro account for $2 a month! I haven’t looked back since. The thing is I was so busy uploading photos and displaying them on my blogs that I completely forgot to edit my profile. I did it late last night linking to my photo blogs and to this one as well. I will definitely have to go back and jazz it up a little, after all, why let all that potential link juice go to waste.
One of the things I like about flickr is you can choose how to classify your photos. You can make them open to the general public, to friends and family or you can make them completely private. The only ones I make private are those that have no photographic value like those where you’ve grabbed a screen to show people how something is done.
Anyway, enough about Flickr, I’m sure you all know how good it is, now to show off a few more photos from when I was in Los Angeles. People if you go to California you have to go down to Santa Monica beach, which is on the end of Route 66. We only spent a short while there as we were on a tour but you could easily spend so much more. I took these few shots while on the Santa Monica Pier. They say that everything in the States is big but I have to admit I was shocked to see an amusement park on the pier itself. It’s even got restaurants, an entertainment and other retail establishments.
This beautifully maintained merry-go-round was housed in one of the buildings.
Naturally you’ll find this ride outside.
What was that I said, everything in the States was big? Well not when it came to buying a hotdog and fries. They were the smallest I’ve ever seen. I could have eaten all these myself but I thought I should share them with the wife.
Just one thing before I go, I feel pretty safe with Flickr because it’s all part of Yahoo and I can’t see them closing their doors anytime soon.
Edit: After reading the comments there seems to be a little confusion as to how the Pro account differs from the Free account and so I thought I would add this to the post.
- Unlimited photo uploads (20MB per photo)
- Unlimited video uploads (90 seconds max, 500MB per video)
- The ability to show HD Video
- Unlimited storage
- Unlimited bandwidth
- Archiving of high-resolution original images
- The ability to replace a photo
- Post any of your photos or videos in up to 60 group pools
- Ad-free browsing and sharing
- View count and referrer statistics
Compare that to what you get with a Free Account:
- 300 MB monthly photo upload limit (15MB per photo)
- 2 video uploads each month (90 seconds max, 150MB per video)
- Photostream views limited to the 200 most recent images
- Post any of your photos in up to 10 group pools
- Only smaller (resized) images accessible (though the originals are saved in case you upgrade later)