Dear Son,

One of the jobs of a dad is to pass along some of the accumulated wisdom that I’ve managed to acquire over the past (holy crap) 40 years of my life. Well, one of the “life lessons” that I’ve learned is that things don’t always go according to plan.

You know by now I am, indeed, a planner. I like to lay things out in nice straight lines, in order, and see how everything fits together. That’s the way I am. You may be a more seat-of-the-pants kinda guy; that’s still to be determined. But even if you don’t end up being a planner, all of us must make plans at some point in our lives.

The Importance of a Back-Up Plan

I like to teach through story. It’s what our forefathers did back in the day with their folk stories and it’s an effective tool for teaching. Well, I have a story for you.

I’ve been busy shooting 4k video for the past year or so. I managed to shoot and convert over one hundred videos to-date. That took a lot of time, a lot of processing power and a lot of disk space.

My goal with all of these videos was to chronicle the year in the form of a single, edited video production. I used to do these when you were a kid, actually. I’ve got DVD’s in with our movie collection from back in the day. I think they’re a great way to keep and enjoy some of the memories we experience.

Well, my lesson here is that I almost lost all of my video for the past year. But I said almost because I had a back-up plan. Let me explain what happened.

I uploaded all of my videos into “the cloud” for safe keeping. One of my computers was completely out of hard disk space and I had to remove all of the cloud storage files from it. I’m not sure if I hadn’t had my coffee yet that morning or what, but I ended up deleting all of my videos while trying to clear space on my laptop.


Luckily, I had all of my videos backed up locally as well, on my Samsung T1 portable SSD.


[bctt tweet=”@Samsung #T1SSD saved my videos! The cloud is good, but have a back-up plan, too!”]

What’s the moral of the story?

The moral of the story here is that things are sometimes not going to go your way. Even with well thought out plans (and cloud storage) things can happen. If I had lost those videos I would have been devastated. A whole year’s worth of work and memories would have been wiped out in an instant.

Luckily, I knew things like this just happen sometimes and I had a plan for it. My files are safe and sound on the cloud and on my 500GB drive and I’ll still be able to make that video for all of us to enjoy.

Cover photo by fellow Imagelogger Derek Wilmot.

*Samsung graciously provided a T1 SSD 500GB drive. All opinions expressed above are honest and unbiased. The T1 SSD really did save me from losing over 100 HD and 4k resolution videos.


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