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Houston – It’s All Your Fault!!

Daisy Daisy

Daisy Daisy

I am humbled.

The other week I published my post in the afternoon, and then was busy doing other stuff. When I checked on my blog later, I found not one single “like” or “comment”.

Now, I did not expect this particular post to be popular (It was the Abstract Sundial – which actually later turned out to be way more popular than anticipated). Some posts will automatically get a lot of attention, maybe because it’s a nice photo of flowers, or sunsets; yet other posts, which may take me a great deal of time to prepare, pass by quietly unnoticed, as a ship in the night!

Still, no “likes” at all? So I went to my WP Reader, only to discover that the post was not there!

Back to my dashboard. Yes, it says it has published. Further investigation reveals that while it did publish, it was actually 4 days ago!

What was going on?

I have found this occasionally in the past. Apparently when I am working on a post in draft, and save it, WP gets its knickers in a twist and decides, all by itself, to set the post up as a schedule to publish. So when I press Publish, it has already entered this old arbitrary date of a previous edit, and there you go – my post is 4 days old, and no-one has ever seen it!

I changed the status back to Draft, re-scheduled it to Publish in 5 minutes time, and pressed Update.  (Don’t forget this one either!)

Finally, my Abstract Sundial appeared in my WP Reader, and started receiving attention.

Still, it is a humbling experience to put to your creation out there and have it seemingly ignored. Certainly makes you stop taking things for granted!

 

Houston – “I” am the Problem!

Pretty Weeds

Pretty Weeds

Apparently!

So – You know how I am always complaining about how slow my internet is; and how it takes forever to load my blog and WP reader; and to upload photos to my WP media library for my posts?

Well, it turns out, some of the problem was me all along!

I have been cropping my photos, and naming them, and all sorts, then transferring to my WP media library, not realising that they were still 2 or 3 MB. This was the problem.

And I only realised this when I was reading someone else’s blog. They had been blogging for years, and now their media library storage capacity was full, so they were starting a completely new blog. Someone commented, (I don’t know who you were, but if you read this I will credit you), that if they reduced their photos to a size of 1000 pixels for the maximum length, then they could keep blogging for ages, as he did.

Light bulb moment!

So, I am hacking away at my photos, re-sizing them all one by one, and uploading to my media library. As I also rename them with an ‘R’, so I know they are re-sized, I have to go to each and every one of my old posts, and add the new, re-sized photos, with a different name.

It is taking a wee while, as you can imagine. But, I have already reduced the storage capacity of my WP media library from 14% to 11%.

Why bother you ask? Well, I’d like to have the opportunity to keep blogging for the foreseeable future. And although I have all my photos backed up and double backed up elsewhere, I still want my photos to be available on WP for if someone looks up an old post.

How long is this going to take? Meh – who knows. I do ten or so at a time, now and then.

And there are only 195 photos still to go!!