Budget blogging, maxed out media and the Next Big Step…

02 Aug

I would have liked to begin this post with a nice, eye-catching photo, but I can’t, because, as of yesterday, Diary of an Internet Nobody is full.

I suppose I realised, in a tangential, vague sort of way, that there was a limit to the number of media files I could upload on my free WordPress plan, but I hadn’t actually considered what reaching that limit would result in.

Now I know.

No. More. Pictures.

I really don’t like the sound of that, not at all.

When I first started blogging, five years ago, I had no idea what I would do with my own little corner of the internet; it was just another experiment in what could be achieved with my trusty phone, a void to shout nonsense into, in the hope someone would listen.

But it evolved, it grew extra parts, it multiplied, it spawned siblings and bred with other blogs to produce interesting hybrids, it settled into its own comfortable space in the blogosphere and started to enjoy itself. It discovered there was more to being a blog than just words.

The most enjoyable extraliterary elements, for me anyway, are the photography/video/animation projects, which have continued to evolve as smartphone technology rapidly develops more complex apps and software, enabling me to dabble in almost any medium I fancy, for just a few quid or, more often than not, for free.

I have always loved taking pictures, ever since I was a kid, (although I’ve never owned anything more complicated than a 35mm point and shoot “instamatic” camera) so finding a phone which could produce high resolution photos and video was a big step in upping my game. And because the smartphone became my weapon of choice for blogging, it seemed only natural that I should employ it in the photographic phase of my own personal creative renaissance, too.

Meaning that, the more I got into blogging, the more photography I did.

And the more photography I did, the more I wanted to show off my newly-found skills and improvised audio visual experiments, to the point that I began a whole new blog to showcase my creative efforts.

However, Diary of an Internet Nobody was my first and proudest blogging achievement and I ended up wanting to post everything on here, for all you lovely people to admire and/or recoil from, depending on the vicissitudes of my oeuvre.

All of which creative outpourings have led to my current situation, a blog with no space left for further photographic adventures.

Which, as I see it, leaves me with four main options:

1 – Continue the blog, but with no pictures (not an option I’m willing to contemplate).

2 – Move to a paid WordPress plan, doubling my storage space in one go and gaining still more space by “optimising” media file sizes for future uploads (something to consider, although it means a double compromise; I have always promised myself that blogging would remain as cost-free as possible, as I cannot justify spending much-needed funds on what is, when all is said and done, a hobby. Plus, I don’t like the idea of lowering the resolution or quality of images I use on the blog, simply so I can add more of them) And what happens if I suddenly can’t afford to pay for it in a few years, will my lovingly crafted, lavishly illustrated journal of gibberish just cease to be?

3 – Delete old posts with photos in and/or link to copies of those posts on Photo Sans Frontiers, or possibly even use a completely new blog to archive photo posts in their entirety.

4 – Draw a line under this blog completely and leave it for anyone who wants to nose around it as it floats, adrift and rudderless in cyberspace.
Then I’d start a whole new free blog, carry on where I left off, possibly transferring my custom domain name to the new site (not that I’m even sure this is possible, so if anyone has any experience in such matters…?) and hope that I can persuade my loyal followers to…well, follow me, to pastures new.

Any thoughts?

I’ll have to make the decision soon, because I have a Cosmic Photo prompt to set on Friday and I’d like to be able to take part in my own feature, so if you would like to wade in with any advice, now’s your chance to help decide the fate of the blog you’ve gone to all this trouble to read.


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32 responses to “Budget blogging, maxed out media and the Next Big Step…

  1. Frank Hubeny

    August 2, 2017 at 21:28

    I reduce the size of all my photos in Microsoft Paint prior to uploading to WordPress. I hope this makes the display faster for the user as well.

    • dalecooper57

      August 2, 2017 at 21:40

      I have already been told that reducing the file size of the photos on the blog and reuploading them would give me more space, but just the thought of undertaking such an enterprise on my phone makes me wince.

  2. LindaGHill

    August 2, 2017 at 22:08

    If I were you (which I’m obviously not, otherwise I’d have a much deeper voice and a funny accent), I’d remove the pictures from posts that are never viewed any more. Possibly move them over to another platform, like Instagram or Tumblr, at least for the time being until you can think about it some more.

    • dalecooper57

      August 2, 2017 at 22:10

      That is one thing I’m considering, along with possibly removing some older posts altogether. Maybe adding a few galleries to the photo blog

      • jdawgswords

        August 3, 2017 at 19:31

        hey buddy sorry about the pic issue hope that’s resolved soon…I lost my G+ (jdawgsworld)…I think a password vault changed my password…anyway I lost access and google”s reset process sux…so I lost all my contacts and pics that are on that cloud…I set up a new G+…I think the profile name is “jdawgsfreedom”…my computer was stolen and my smart phone drowned…I’m giving serious consideration to upgrading my WP so I can post videos directly…so that’s my life

      • dalecooper57

        August 3, 2017 at 20:42

        Damn, man, you’ve had some shit going down, sorry to hear that.
        I refuse to pay for blogging, so I’m trying to shuffle stuff around a bit while I think on whether to start a whole new blog and just carry on as I was.

      • jdawgswords

        August 4, 2017 at 20:46

        I only consider it because the thought of setting up a new “free” YT is sickening

      • dalecooper57

        August 4, 2017 at 20:49

        A YouTube channel is easy enough to set up though, what’s the problem?

      • jdawgswords

        August 5, 2017 at 17:31

        starting over!!!! the one I’m unable to access has over 200 videos on it!!! so, it’s easy enough to start over…I’ve done that several times…I just don’t want to

      • dalecooper57

        August 5, 2017 at 21:19

        But the old videos are not current any more, surely, they’re a topical sort of post, I would have thought.
        Do you get much traffic on old videos then?

      • jdawgswords

        August 7, 2017 at 17:30

        nope…not much traffic but they are my IP…my YT never has gotten much traffic…none of my accounts do for that matter

      • dalecooper57

        August 7, 2017 at 19:04

        And you have no way to authenticate a password retrieval?

      • jdawgswords

        August 8, 2017 at 16:08

        I’ve used everything they offer…none of their existing options work…

      • dalecooper57

        August 8, 2017 at 16:11

        Very strange, I’ve never had a password I couldn’t retrieve one way or another

      • jdawgswords

        August 8, 2017 at 17:57

        google’s process requires 2 e-mail accounts and/or a working phone number…so I’m at fault there….another way to authenticate my identity is to know when I started my account…I don’t remember…how about a secret question? nope they don’t offer that option…I thought about renting a car and driving to the nearest google office but I’m not sure it’s any thing more than a “server shack”

      • dalecooper57

        August 9, 2017 at 07:25

        Start again and make sure you have EVERY possible retrieval option

      • jdawgswords

        August 9, 2017 at 19:08

        exactly…AND don’t link my accounts either

      • dalecooper57

        August 9, 2017 at 19:28

        You can’t help linking YouTube and Google. The one is owned by the other.

      • jdawgswords

        August 14, 2017 at 19:58

        ik…that’s one of the reasons I don’t want to set-up another YT account…

  3. rgemom

    August 2, 2017 at 23:22

    I think you’re looking at a time suck no matter what you do – delete, re-size, and re-upload, or delete photos from old posts. I didn’t know running out of space was a thing! YIKES!

  4. John Holton

    August 2, 2017 at 23:41

    Have you considered possibly hosting your images somewhere else, e.g. uploading them to Dropbox and inserting them from there? I won’t say Photobucket, because you’d have to pay through the nose for that, but there are others (Picasa, Box, Imgur, etc.) For that matter, you could grab a Tumblr account and host your pictures there…

    • dalecooper57

      August 3, 2017 at 06:22

      I already have Tumblr, but I like being able to have the photos on the actual blog, merely for aesthetic reasons.
      It’s looking more and more like starting again from scratch, or dedicating a new blog for photo posts only.

  5. Nandini Bharadwaj

    August 7, 2017 at 15:52

    I’m so late in commenting that you already seem to have an idea what to do, but I’d say try to move the photos out somewhere else and try to keep this one alive as long as you can.

    • dalecooper57

      August 7, 2017 at 16:04

      I’m doing a compromise of that; I’m moving some posts to Photo Sans Frontiers to make a small buffer of preparation time when I can still upload to this one.
      Then I intend to leave a “Moved elsewhere” sticky post with a link on this one, leading to a new follow on blog, to which I shall attach my existing domain name

      • Nandini Bharadwaj

        August 7, 2017 at 16:07

        That’s a sound plan, although I’m sad to see you move. Completely understand the necessity of it though. Shall follow on faithfully regardless. 🙂

      • dalecooper57

        August 7, 2017 at 16:15

        I’m not changing much, it’ll literally just carry straight on from this one, maybe with a slight facelift and a similar name.

        How does “The Internet Nobody Project” sound?

      • Nandini Bharadwaj

        August 7, 2017 at 16:35

        Great! You sound like a man on a mission.

      • dalecooper57

        August 7, 2017 at 16:36

        I’ve built so many blogs for other people that it’s second nature now, it shouldn’t take me long to create something interesting. ;~}

  6. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    August 11, 2017 at 15:34

    Remember that you can open another site under the WP umbrella of this one, and it will start with zero and you can slowly fill it via copy/paste — even though the image file stays with this one, you’ll be able to weed out a bit more, little by little…..

    have been offline so little – i replied while offline and saved it to send when online.. then it got bogged down with slow internet/no internet… then a restart lost it… blah!

    hope all’s better now!

    • dalecooper57

      August 11, 2017 at 16:03

      Thanks, yes, that’s kind of what I’m doing. I’ll move a few more of my photography posts over to my existing photo-blog, just to give me a bit of a buffer zone in which to build a brand new site. I’ve already transferred several posts over and deleted the originals, allowing me to upload a few new pictures.

      Soon I shall open a brand new site and take the risk that some of my readers will make the change with me.

      Fingers crossed. ;~}

      • Playamart - Zeebra Designs

        August 11, 2017 at 16:11

        si; my site shows lots of readers, but in reality, the stats show a polar-different view. the most important factor is the same for writing or photography or any type of art/creative drive – and that’s a platform for being creative and having fun! may your ‘bridge’ go well, and lots follow you to the new link!

      • dalecooper57

        August 11, 2017 at 16:13

        I know what you mean; if all my followers read all my posts, I’d have at least 2500 hits a week. As it is, I’ll be lucky if I get 300


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