Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Do You Pay to Blog?

Hey fellow bloggers!  I have a quick question for you and I'm hoping to get your help.  As I was getting ready to write up my real post for today, I got an error message:

Whoops! You're out of space. You are currently using 100% of your 1 GB quota for photos.

Immediately I panicked when I saw this message.  This is blogger's way of saying that they are done allowing me to freeload cyberspace for my blog and it's time for me to pay up.  My first reaction was that this was the end of blogging for me.  Or perhaps I could go through my old posts and start deleting pictures from them and make sure future posts only contained one or two photos?

I think some of my thoughts were a bit irrational.  It's just that I have a hard time choosing to pay to keep up my blogging.  So I am wondering, have any of you come to that point where you need to pay if you want to keep blogging?  Do you think it's worth it?  Maybe you've been posting for years and have seen no such message.  Is there somewhere else that your photos are stored so they are not using up blogging space?

I would really love to keep blogging, as I am no ready to say good-bye to all of my virtual buddies yet.  I've counted the cost for a year and it's not too bad, but I'm still having a hard time making that choice.

Thanks in advance for your insight and thoughts!

Live in this moment and love life!Annabelle

13 comments:

  1. This happened to me about a year ago and I finally decided to pay for a photobucket account. It's like $20 a year or something like that and I figured with the joy that I get from blogging, $20 a year is totally worth it! I've heard from others that they host their photos on their blog but if you run out of space, I'm not sure how this works but here's a link: http://campfirechicblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/how-to-host-your-own-photos.html
    If you do go to a paid photobucket account (or other paid host) it's pretty easy to use, once you get the hang of it. Strangely, I started being able to upload directly to blogger again after a few months of having my photobucket account...not sure what's going on there! :P

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    1. Great advice Brittany! I do so much love blogging, and to give it up over a small fee seems terrible.

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  2. oh that's lame. i've just started on my blog this year (using blogger as well), so i haven't reached a photo limit. i didn't know there was one. I'll have to look into that. but i certainly don't want to pay for my blog, it's just a little hobby. i'd hate to have to delete photos from my posts. the photos are one of my favorite parts.

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    1. I think you will be fine for a while yet. I have been blogging for about 2 years, and load lots of pictures with most of my posts. But eventually you will hit a limit - hopefully there will be a solution that works for you.

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  3. You can actually get a free photobucket account, or Flickr - or both lol. No need to pay just yet ;) Keep blogging! ^__^

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    1. You know, I actually started out with Flickr and I've maxed out that free space too :) But I think I want to continue with the whole blogging thing, so I will look into photobucket or just paying the small monthly fee.

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  4. That's so odd! I've been at this for 2 years now and I haven't ever gotten the message... I wonder if it's because I have a picassa account set up with my google account (for free). Maybe I somehow don't have a default limit with that... I have no clue!
    Don't stop blogging though! I would miss your posts too much!

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    1. Yeah, I've blogging for about two years as well, but I think you post more often than I do (I am sporadic at best). I was noticing that some of my scans use up more space than my pictures, maybe that is eating up my 1 GB? Anyway, thanks for your suppor! I do want to keep blogging :)

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  5. I'm resizing all my photos before I upload them, so they are only a couple hundred KB, so I hope the space will last me for a long while yet! Another Sewing Scientist had the same problem recently and posted that photos with a resolution of less than 800x800 are exempt from the rule: http://anothersewingscientist.blogspot.de/2012/09/thank-oona-for-saving-me-from-bloggy.html
    Hope that helps?

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    1. Hey, thanks for the advice Alessa! I will look into resizing my photos.

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  6. hmmm, good to know. I've blogged almost three years but use less photos than you, obviously (love your photos!) I'm going to look at resizing too. Who knew? Thanks for the heads up! Hope you do keep blogging - I enjoy the "smaller" sewing blogs where one feels like one can have an actual conversation with the "sewist" ... I guess I never felt like I could have a conversation with the popular kids ... not to say you aren't popular! But anyway, before this gets awkward or offensive I'll stop ... I enjoy your blog a lot!

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    1. Hehe, I understand what you mean about the smaller sewing blogs (of which I am glad to be a part of). Those are the bloggers that I feel are my virtual friends, while some of the bigger ones I go to purely for inspiration. I plan on sticking around for a while yet, and it's good to know that there are a few workarounds before I have to pay to keep blogging.

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    2. Well, that's good ... :)

      As for goose's sweat pants, the difficulty with buying RTW for him is that they won't fit. If they are long enough, the are usually so big around they fall off his hips. So I would have to do adjustments anyway or put up with terrible fit. So it's not a huge cost savings (especially not if you count my time) but he gets clothes that fit him well and are comfortable and that he can move around in well. If he didn't have the fit issues that he has, I might just buy him sweats ... Fortunately I've found one brand of jeans that fits him well so I buy those RTW. I mostly buy his Tshirts ready to wear because those can be a touch oversized. And it is almost cheaper to do that than to sew my own. I buy his outerwear too. But pants, I just hate how badly they usually fit him.

      For me, I like having something unique, and I'd rather spend a few hours at my machine honing a skill than a few hours going through the mall shopping for something I may or may not find, and that builds no skills whatsoever. I don't think it is a cost savings, but I acquire things more slowly, and then each one has a story attached.

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