Tom McFarlin

Software, Development, and WordPress

How I Backup Photos and Videos Every Month

One of the things that I’ve done since high school (at least that’s when I think I started) is consistently backup photos and videos.

Back then, I wasn’t taking as many photos – I was younger, digital cameras still saved things to flash cards, and the EXIF data would be inaccurate if the battery ever completely died.

Then, I had to reset it or just roll with inaccurate timestamps. And as a teenager, who cares when something was taken?

Unfortunately, I lost all digital media prior to 2003. That’s a story for another time, but it was the catalyst for regularly backing up my photos and videos in several formats and in several locations.

And though the process by which I do this has changed over the years, I still take the time to do it so much so that I now have 17 years worth of photos and videos organized my year, month, day, hour, minute, and second.

And all are taken from various digital cameras through every iteration of a cell phone I’ve owned.

Sure, our mobile operating systems do a good job of backing up and sorting things for us but I still like to have multiple backups of everything so at the end of each month, I still export everything from my phone and go through a process of backing everything up.

Though I’m always interested in how other people do it, I’ve also had some friends and colleagues ask what my process is. So that’s the purpose of this post.

More specifically: Here’s how I backup photos, videos, and organize them each month.

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Add a Custom View to the All Posts Screen

TL;DR: I’m going to be working on a series that looks how to achieve a useful task with taxonomies, likely categories, then refector it into an object-oriented plugin that will serve as a utility plugin for taxonomies, in general.


A Brief History of OOP Posts

Some time ago, I did a lengthy series about the principles of object-oriented programming (and tried to share an amount as to how to achieve certain things within the context of WordPress).

I’ve also written a bunch of articles about the whole paradigm over the years for those who are interested in catching up on some of those articles.

And I’d be remised if I didn’t share that a good friend of mine has literally written a book on the topic, too.

And thus, as I’ve been thinking about various topics to write about (after taking an admittedly longer period time off than I planned), though that it might be worth talking about practical things we can do with normal APIs and hooks and then refactor that into a type of utility plugin.

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It’s Okay to Write a Kludge, Sometimes

TL;DR: Don’t avoid writing a kludge of code when the situation necessitates it. Sometimes, factors outside of our control dictate how quickly we can turn a solution around. At the minimum, leave a code comment that explains what the code does and optionally why it’s not included in a way that’s as consistent with the rest of the module in which you’re working.


When I first started in my career (as I imagine most people in our industry do), I was bent on writing the best solutions possible to the problems that I was given.

Nevermind that fact that I may not have had the experience of my peers, managers, or so on. I was bent on making sure that given the level of information I had, I was going to write the best code possible and aim to both prove myself but to show what I was capable of doing.

I was young. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Fast-forward over a decade, and things have changed.

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