#WorldBackupDay—Pledge to Keep Your Photos Safe

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“The most expensive part of any computer is its data—are you backing up?”


The image and quote featured front and center in the recent TechRepublic article, World Backup Day: Best practices to backup your data, sends a message that shouldn’t be taken lightly. As you know, the gang here at ScanMyPhotos takes digital storage and backing up best practices very seriously—especially when it comes to the irreplaceable sentimental value of our photos and film.

That’s why we were very excited to see the hashtag #WorldBackupDay trending today.


The official #WorldBackupDay website clearly (and cleverly) explains the premise for the observance by stating, “Don’t be an April Fool. Be prepared. Back up your files on March 31st.” This makes for an easy day for us to remember each year.


So, if you don’t want to lose any memories, data, important files, etc., take the #WorldBackupDay pledge and share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.


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Digital Photography: What’s News. SiriusXM #TheFeed Interview

From the world of digital imaging, tune into this SiriusXM THE FEED Amber Mac and Michael Bancroft interview with ScanMyPhotos.com

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The pandemic’s year-long winter of anguish is transitioning to solace and springtime resurgence toward routineness.

This is definitive proof that things are gradually hobbling back to normalcy. Before the pandemic, the top reasons for scanning photos were celebrating anniversaries, creating genealogy family history projects, posting to all the photo-sharing apps, and protecting photographs from natural disasters like this.

This is an encouraging indicator from our studying why people are digitizing their lifetime of family pictures. Today’s finding demonstrates a significant shift in the pandemic.

During the past year, 40% of all photo scanning orders were placed by grieving families preparing for online Zoom memorial services. This led to an urgent pivot and shift in how we operated.

Now the number one reason to digitally preserve photographs is preparing for summertime family reunion presentations. The big change in why people are revisiting their archives of family nostalgia accelerated after President Biden outlined his goal for July 4th family celebrations and path towards post-Covid normalcy. Over 70% of all new orders are from families preparing for summertime reunions.

Each week on The Feed @AmberMac & Michael B showcase the latest in the world of technology and social media with their SiriusXM CanadaTalks 167 audience across North America. Download from iTunesPodbeanSpotifyStitcherTuneIn, or Google Play Podcasts.

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How to save 50% on digitizing photo snapshots

ScanMyPhotos designed this 50% discount for bulk photo scanning with you in mind as a Spring cleaning project. How to save 50% on digitizing photo snapshots. Pay as little as $85 to have about 1,800 pictures digitized with free delivery*


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  • Use promo code: “50OffScan” at checkout

Do you have loads of snapshots?  Here is how to pay as little as $85 to get about 1,800 pictures digitized.

Save 50% on photo scanning[UPDATE] FortuneCNET, Oprah MagazineThe Mercury News, and Forbes Magazine are raving on ScanMyPhotos. The Associated Press mentioned our photo scanning service as a project to keep you busy while at home. Next Avenue published another mention.

For loads of other news and review profiles, click here.

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It cannot be applied to prior orders. Applicable sales tax applies. 50% off includes most add-on extras and free S/H*. This includes returning your digital media. *If you want your photos returned add $24.95 per box, or $19.95 to have them disposed of.

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Discount not valid towards applicable sales tax. Limit 8 boxes.  How to prepare your photos. Ends soon. Full details are posted on the order pageUSE PROMO CODE: “50OffScan” at checkout. 

Order now. No rush. You have 9 months [extended from 6 months] to return your pictures for scanning. Click for how to prepare your photos for scanning.

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Tom’s Guide: “How to digitize photos, negatives and film slides”

What is the best way to digitize photos, negatives, and film slides?

The best ways to digitize and preserve your old photos, negatives, and film slides.” By Jeanette D. Moses, Freelance Photographer, and Videographer





If you are looking to digitize big boxes of negatives or slides, a mail-in photo scanning service might be the way to go.


Although its website is a little difficult to navigate, Scan My Photos is one of the oldest and fastest scanning services around. It’s been in business since 1990, offers its services internationally and scans are delivered within 10-20 days of the company receiving your negatives.


This company also offers the option of Express Scanning; this costs $150 per box, but ensures that your scans are completed in one business day. Scans for 35mm negatives start at 47 cents per frame for 2000 DPI files and 89 cents per frame for 4000 DPI files. Digital files are delivered via DVD or USB, and for an extra charge they can upload to the cloud. Scan My Photos offers scanning services for 35mm film, 120 film, APS film, and slide film.


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How to Declutter Your Space & Memories by Digitizing Family Nostalgia

Welcome to the ScanMyPhotos Journal. Today we share “How to Declutter Your Space & Memories by Digitizing Family Nostalgia.”

If you’ve discovered this article, you probably don’t need much encouragement to declutter your home. But in case you do, consider this:

  • Less clutter makes your home more spacious and liveable.
  • Less clutter makes your home look expensive because it’s easier to stay organized.
  • Disorganization costs money.
  • Less clutter makes your home more beautiful because you can use the space for decoration instead of storage.
  • Less clutter makes your home safer because there are fewer things to trip over and wider spaces to move in.

ScanMyPhotos DealBottom line: It’s good to declutter. The trouble is dealing with nostalgic items, like photos, term papers, graduation certificates, and Christmas cards. You don’t need these things in your daily life, but you don’t want them entirely out of your life, either.

Digitizing your nostalgic keepsakes is one of the best modern solutions to this dilemma. Let’s talk about how to do it.

Digitizing Nostalgia & Uncluttering Your Space 101

The first step in digitizing your nostalgia is to triage your stuff. Find a place to put all the things you want to keep but don’t have space for, and divide it into three piles:

  • Easy Items: Flat objects no larger than a piece of letter paper, for which you don’t need the original if you can be confident of a safe digital solution.
  • Harder Items: Flat objects for which you need the original; larger flat objects whether or not you need the original; anything bound in a book.
  • Odds and Ends: Objects you would like to digitize but don’t know how because they aren’t flat or are inappropriate for storage.

You can do this for all the keepsakes in your home at once or go room by room. Once you have your initial batch of triaged items, deal with each pile one by one.

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Photo Scanning Makes Oprah Magazine’s List For Top Spring Cleaning Tips

Thanks to Oprah Magazine for “33 Tips to Make Spring Cleaning Easier.”

Among the best decluttering tips, written by Brigitt Earley, for your Spring cleaning projects is to digitize pictures.

Excerpt: Declutter the Camera Roll. While you’ve got your phone out, take a trip down memory lane to organize your photos and free up some memory space. While you’re at it, you can even use a service like ScanMyPhotos.com to digitize any old family pics or special mementos, like the kids’ best art projects.


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David Pogue Wrote Everything You Need to Know About Preparing For Climate Change

Everything You Need to Know About Preparing For Climate Change

David Pogue, the New York Times bestselling author and “CBS Sunday Morning”  correspondent has published the primer on “How to Prepare for Climate Change.”

This segment on “CBS Sunday Morning” shares more tips on where to live to protect you from climate disasters like wildfires and hurricane stormsurges.

CBS Sunday Morning: People who are driven from their homes by wildfires, floods and hurricanes are seeking areas less ravaged by our worsening climate and rising sea levels. Correspondent David Pogue examines how those with the means are relocating to “climate haven cities,” and visits one city whose mayor boosts its lack of hurricanes and wildfires.

H This 610 page practical guide has loads of tips to plan ahead.

Amazon: In How to Prepare for Climate Change, bestselling self-help author David Pogue offers sensible, deeply researched advice for how the rest of us should start to ready ourselves for the years ahead. Pogue walks readers through what to grow, what to eat, how to build, how to insure, where to invest, how to prepare your children and pets, and even where to consider relocating when the time comes.


(Two areas of the country, in particular, have the requisite cool temperatures, good hospitals, reliable access to water, and resilient infrastructure to serve as climate havens in the years ahead.)


He also provides wise tips for managing your anxiety, as well as action plans for riding out every climate catastrophe, from superstorms and wildfires to ticks and epidemics.

ScanMyPhotos.com is mentioned on page 280, yet this prior Weather Channel story also helps showcase the urgency to gather your archives of photo snapshots, digitize and safeguard off-site. “Getting photos scanned and returned to you in digital form is fast and relatively cheap. ScanMyPhotos.com charges about 16 cents per photo.”

The ScanMyPhotos.com mention:

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ORDER TODAY: “Timely and enlightening, How to Prepare for Climate Change is an indispensable guide for anyone who read The Uninhabitable Earth or The Sixth Extinction and wants to know how to make smart choices for the upheaval ahead.”

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#TheMinimalists Podcast: Hidden Clutter and How To Scan Your Photos

Joshua and Ryan at The Minimalists share how to unclutter old photo snapshots. “You can send your photos off somewhere… The one I have gotten feedback on, I have never used it myself is ScanMyPhotos.com.  I reviewed their website and Forbes also did a writeup on them as well. They have really good customer service, They are California-based. You can send your photo to them and they will send it all back to you.”

Link to the Forbes stories profiling ScanMyPhotos.com:

This Photo Scanning Service More Than Delivers

Preserve Your Irreplaceable Memories With ScanMyPhotos

The Challenge of Preserving Your Digital Legacy

Watch: How do we appropriately curate scanned photos so we’re not trading physical clutter for digital clutter? 

Watch the full episode (ScanMYPhotos.com mention starts at minute 17).

Excerpt: In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about the mental, emotional, digital, and other clutter that reveals itself after we minimize our stuff, and they answer the following questions:


  • When are how-to’s helpful?

  • How do we appropriately curate scanned photos so we’re not trading physical clutter for digital clutter?

  • What advice do you have for young people who are embarking on their minimalist journeys so they have solid practices in place to prevent clutter?

  • What one piece of advice would you give your younger self?

  • How do we appropriately curate our many digital subscriptions and still satisfy ourselves since each service has programs exclusive to its platform?

[Just how quickly are pictures professionally digitized at ScanMyPhotos.com? This fast — 1,000 pictures digitized in under 5 minutes.]

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