After our first trip to Colombia, we had a large collection of photos (and some videos) we wanted to share with family and friends.
However, I was conscious of the fact that I didn’t really want all of these photos made public, especially some of the photos from the Pension Stein which showed kids of other families. I didn’t think it was appropriate to publish them on a public site without their permission.
So, I decided to create a new website just for photos and videos of Andres – kind of a photo blog. For want of a better name, I chose andreshampel.com for the website domain.
I made the entire site password protected and then just shared the username and password with family and close friends so that they can follow the activities and exploits of Andres while he grows up.
Always at the back of my mind though, was the question of what to do if and when we adopt a second child. Obviously andreshampel.com was not going to work.
The question was – do I run a second blog for the next child? What about photos of both children – do I include them in one or the other, in both, or in a third blog for both kids?
I delayed this decision off for as long as I could – but with our second trip to Colombia looming, I couldn’t put it off any longer.
I finally decided that the most sensible thing to do would be to set up a new site as a combined photo blog for both kids. I would migrate Andres’s blog across and redirect the domain so that old links, photos and videos all still worked.
The name was the only thing left to decide on, and after much deliberation and a few false-starts, I finally settled on the rather uninspiring hampelkids.com
So I’ve completed the migration and the new site (including all of the old material from Andres’s blog) is back online.
I won’t publish the username and password here. If you would like to know it, contact me via email or on Facebook or Twitter.
Now, I just have to catch up with the backlog of photos and videos since I last updated Andres’s blog – about 11 months ago!