I was just reading a tutorial on FastStone Image Viewer in which the author strongly advocates using a folder-based system of photo organization based on the dates the photos were taken. Followers of this site probably know that I am a big fan of keyword-based systems for photo organization.
I don't know about you, but once something is more than a few months in the past it becomes a distant haze in my memory and I can not pin-point the date it occurred. Often I can see the picture I want in my mind, but I might not be able to recall where the event occurred or what I might have filed it as. In my workflow, I most often want to recall photos based on the people in them, which this person's preferred method of organization does not address at all. This is why the process of tagging my photos with keywords continues to work best for me. Although there is a requirement to invest some time upfront to tag your photos, this pays off down the road when you need to find a specific photo quickly.
While I have embraced the tagging method of photo organization, I know some people who absolutely can not wrap their head around the concept. So it's a great thing that we have choices! I'm interested in hearing how you approach the task of filing your pictures. Cast your vote in the poll or leave a comment about how you organize your digital pictures.