Ya know, starting up and posting in this thread has gotten me started on a long-delayed task!
From the time I got my first digicam in late '02 'till the time I got my first DSLR, the 30D, in late '06, I have like 2,000 shots, and then things really picked up with the 30D. During those 3-4 years, I had no "organization" going on -- I had been using Photoshop Elements and done some keywording and such, but I was just tossing photos into "convenient" folders but without a way of approaching "Digital Asset Management" that could make long-term sense out of things.
In '07 I picked up Lightroom and also began to manage my images in a way that made more sense, and I'm glad I did because I was taking my photography more "seriously", meaning that I began taking more like 10,000 photos a year rather than 1,000...a lot more to keep track of!
Well, that's been working for the shooting I've been doing, but for all the old stuff, I've just left things where they were -- why put the work into things? But, whenever I do look back, I see the disorganization...and starting this thread has made me look at things, and now this past week I've actually started into things!
One thing is that I have all my older stuff in a Lightroom 1 catalog. I use LR3 for more recent years, but have yet to import photos from the earlier years, figuring that I'm pretty well "done with" them.
But now, looking over them all, I think that I'll get them all "in place", then I can load them all into my LR3 catalog, and then I can go back and re-process things when I get inspired instead of having to re-start LR1!!
Does that sound good, or do I just have too much time on my hands?!