Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I need your help (novice blogger question)

My dear blog friends,

I've run into a bit of an issue. I've got all kinds of wonderful photos from the past weekend that I wanted to share (photos from a dinner party at my parents' house for 75 in honour of my Granny's 80th birthday! House photos! Christmas decorating! My godson's first birthday! And lots more!). Gosh, was I ever excited to get posting.

Here is what blogspot told me when I tried -- I've run out of space for photos on here, and need to purchase more. Has anyone had this happen? What did you do? I'm not really in a position to put money into the blog, and fear I may have to stop blogging if I'm out of space after only 6 weeks. But, I thought I'd ask the real experts -- all of you! So, what should I do? Have you had this happen? Does everyone pay for space on their blogs? I'm feeling a little lost on this one...

Any help would be much appreciated.

Love Jenny


  1. Jenny, I have been told by a few other bloggers that you do eventually do have to pay for photo hosting. The good news is that is really cheap, less than $10 dollars. I haven't had this happen yet but French at http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/2010/10/blogspot-is-not-free.html posted about this in October. Be sure to read her comments for more info.

    I hope this helps,

  2. First of all I am shocked that you have run out of room already. Blogspot allows 1gb as it's images are hosted on Picasa. You must be putting on very very large files/photos.
    To begin with all the photos you upload should be compressed first. I do mine using Microsoft image editer/viewer. But you can find any old online program to do it for you. Then you need to host it on a site (not picasa) such as photobucket. From there you get your URL for your image and when you are making a new post you choose the option of putting in the address of your photo instead of clicking upload from my computer :) that way you can go on forever without paying a cent for your blog.
    I haven't needed to do this yet even after blogging for 6 months on blogger so you definitely need to compress your photos into smaller file sizes. That way people will also be able to download your page a lot faster. Those with slow Internet may not be able to view your site with massive files.
    Phwaar that was a lot of info there but I really hope it helps :D

  3. Hi, I've read on a few blogs lately that the owners of them have been asked to do the same. They have added links for donations, to help with "server fees." Maybe that is what the notice is talking about?

  4. Hi Jenny! Wow...I've been blogging for 2 years and haven't run out of space yet, but I do know that happens eventually! I am also wondering about the size of your files. I post through Winows Live Writer and all of my photos get resized as I add them there. I wonder if that would help? Good luck!...hugs...Debbie

  5. Hi Jenny,
    It sounds like you are getting some good info from bloggers, you were smart to ask here.
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments about my living room and Christmas decor, our house is older, but I love it so much and I hope it shows in my decorating.
    Hugs, cindy

  6. I have never heard of that, sorry I'm no help!

  7. 1. Shrink your files.
    2. Go back in and Edit to shrink all your past-posted files.

    Blogged for one+ year. Never happened to me.

  8. I have been blogging since June and just ran out of storage a month ago or so. I freaked out! After investigating, it seemed the easiest thing to do was pay Google $10 for the extra storage. I too didnt want to start pouring money into the blog on top of all the time I put into it, but my hubby insisted, saying that the $10 for the joy I get out it is worth it.

  9. I had that problem a few months back and went back to the *old* blogger posting window instead of using the newer Blogger In Draft {not sure of the technical name for the old blogger} and I've been able to upload photos fine since then without paying any $.

  10. I just had this happen too. One thing though, make sure that when you upload your photos that you move them to other folders. Your drop box can only hold 1000. Also each folder will only hold 1000. I made this mistake and now I can't move the photos or the links to them will be lost. UGH. Good news is that additional storage space is only $5. Good luck.


  11. Thanks for all of the input and advice. Clearly, I have much more to learn about the internet and blogging (I am certainly no tech-whiz). This is going to take some time to figure out...

  12. That's terrible! I'm a novice blogger too, so I had no clue that this could happen. Please let us know what you end up doing. Thanks!

  13. Wow, thanks for letting us know. I had no idea I could eventually run out of space either. Now I know to be careful and watch the picture size etc. When you say $10 is that per year? It's not a monthly fee I hope... yikes if so!



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