Thursday, December 6, 2012

Limit reached



Well, I've been a real slacker lately!  I've not been nearly as industrious as this Hairy Woodpecker!  Only a post a week lately.  But as I've come to learn, blogging frequency will ebb and flow.  Just like this weather.  Warm one day.  Freezing the next.  

I actually had a bigger post planned.  All 10 photos were ready to go.  But when I went to upload the photos, Blogger warned me that I had reached my storage limit on Picasa (where Blogger stores our images).  Of course, they were so kind to let me know I could upgrade my account for a small monthly fee.


Ugh!


Upon searching a bit more, I came upon this message:


Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Some users are reporting that they're hitting unexpected image quota limits when uploading an image from Blogger. We're investigating the issue and will report back when we have more information to share.

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So as of now, I don't know if it's only a problem with my account or for others.  And I guess I need to resize my photos from here on in.  Something I had not been doing.  I understand that if the photo's dimensions are 2048 x 2048 or less, it will not count against one's quota. 

So I'm curious how others are resizing or compressing their photos.  I used to drop and drag photos into a folder on my desktop and then upload from that folder into Blogger.

Love to hear about YOUR workflow!







43 comments:

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i had that issue several months back & i now pay &2.49 a month for storage... i do resize my photos now & make them much smaller than i did in the past. wish i would have known that from the beginning. oh well ... lessons learned. but i've got a plan ... i'm working on it now. we will see??! wish you well on that. good luck. can't wait to hear what you decide to do. big hugs. ( :

jennyfreckles said...

I save mine at about 900 pixels at the longest side (whether landscape or portrait format). You really don't need big file sizes for the web. These days I use Photoshop Elements and 'save for web' at max quality and they seem fine. So far (!) Picasa haven't grumbled at me.

Hilary said...

I store my photos at Flickr and place the code in my blog from there. It's free if you like. You're limited to a certain number of uploads per month. Until I started creating about ten posts at one time for scheduling, that was plenty for me. I used to use Photobucket but when I upgraded to a paid version, they immediately downgraded the quality of my images. So they get a big red mark in my books.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

When I go to Picasaweb at the very bottom of the page it tells me "You are currently using xxxMB (xx.xx%) of your 1024MB". Can you check this on your Picasa?

I use a free downloaded resizing tool called DroPic to resize. Sometimes I'll resize again while watermarking in PicMonkey, especially if I've made a collage. Most my images are uploaded at 100-300 KB size.

Brian Miller said...

ugh, that stinks...sounds like some photo/web savy people are giving you some help though....i def want to see more of your pictures...smiles...

TexWisGirl said...

i'm such a prolific poster, i exceeded my storage a long time ago so was fortunate to increase storage when they only charged $5/yr. i've still got this 'grandfathered' plan in place for as long as i keep it up.

lots of folks have been getting that message lately. i wondered if it was a glitch forcing folks to buy more space since so many were occurring at once.

Country Girl said...

I've read several blogs where people are telling similar stories. I use Windows Live Writer to post to Blogger. When the message comes up on me, I may consider switching over to Flickr storage as I already have a pro account there. How I do it now is resize to 800 pixels wide using Photoshop. So I have the original photo, then the edited version, then copy 2 of the edited version at 800 wide. I figure that posting something at that size will discourage people from stealing. Oh, well - one can hope.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I use lightroom for my workflow and created an export preset for blogging. 800 pixels on the longest edge, 72PPI, which is what most computer monitors support. They look good on the monitor, but not so good if you print.

Sylvia K said...

I have a similar plan as Tex on Picasa and have used them for several years. I also use them for editing my photos. The price is about the same for me -- about $3 every three or four months. Guess we all use whatever works for us! I do love your Hairy Woodpecker!! Have a great weekend, Reena!!

Kerri said...

LOVE Hairy!
I resize on photoshop elements with my largest pixel size being 640. I haven't had this message come up yet.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm in the same boat as TexWisGirl, and I've seen a number of people with that same message asking about it--But I've never come close to using up the space we're given, but am paying the $5 a year--I don't know if I get to keep the space I don't use, and I guess I should check into that.

eileeninmd said...

I love your woodie shot! So far I have not seen a message yet. But, then I do have a Picasa account and they are connected.

Florida Farm Girl said...

I try to remember to resize my photos before posting. Not only does it use less space for storage, they don't take so long to download for folks who may have less than lightening fast internet service. Besides, nobody can tell the difference on most computers.

Mark said...

I know of one other person who had this issue, but I, so far, have not. It's always something.

Love the woodpecker

Barbara said...

I usually edit on Lightroom and resize when I export to my hard drive, then upload straight from my computer. I tried importing from FlickR once to my Blogger blog, but it wouldn't work for me!

Margaret said...

I haven't had that message yet... I do resize in Photoshop but reading the other comments, I don't think I've been making them small enough. I do want to continue seeing your photos, though!

grammie g said...

HI Reena....Not knowing how you are set up is hard to say !! It helps to have a computer analyst for a daughter : } When I ran out of room in Pisca, she helped me. I have an account with them and pay $5.00 a year which gives me 20 GB of storage!!
I have Window live photo gallery where my photos are downloaded into!!
I have a tool bar that has Fix..Info..etc. and then one that says Extra ...hover..two drop downs choose the Microsoft office picture manager and go there to edit!!I usually go with 1024x683!! Sorry about that is a bummer, but you woody woodpecker is great : )
Grace

Kathy said...

I make a copy of my photo and resize it to about 500 at the longest dimension for posting on Blogger. They upload so much faster for those of us on satellite Internet and cuts down on the piracy. I obviously keep full-size copies for my files.

Nancy Claeys said...

When I upload to blogger from my computer, I always choose "x-tra large" size which seems to be 640 X something when it uploads. I haven't reached the quota (yet.)

Gorgeous photo Reena. xo

Dina said...

Late last year I hit my quota on blogger. I paid $5 a year for more storage.

Nice woody shot!

Steve Gravano said...

Great woodpecker photo! I love it. I size my photos for web 5" or 1200 pixels on the longest size at 72ppi for the resolution. They look goog and they can't be swiped for print use.

Sandra said...

I met my limit more than a year ago and like Tex am grandfathered in at 5 per year.. I did not re-size my photos and met it early. when i found out i should i used photoshop but now i use picmonkey, it is faster for me and is free so far. it is a pain to have to re-size every photo but i do it.

rainfield61 said...

That is why my pictures always look so small.

Resize makes my budget right.

Silvina Soave said...

Muy bella imagen, maravillosa! Un abrazo desde Argentina.

Kathryn said...

I had the message a while back. I found that if I resize my 8x10 images to 800x640 I no longer have that problem.

Suldog said...

I store all photos and images on my computer, so no problems. Of course, I'm such a computer-illiterate, I'm not even sure if that's what you were asking :-)

bailey-road.com said...

That's a nice shot of the Hairy Woodpecker!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Well the one photo is adorable. Not being on blogger I can't help with the problem. Typepad (for which we pay) has problems sometimes too, so you can't count on anything to be worry free I guess. Sort of like life.

Michaele said...

I am hoping this is a glitch for you. I have heard other bloggers mention it lately - so there is a chance. I didn't know we could run out of space.

beth said...

i pay for the extra storage :(

Linda R said...

I ran out of storage over a year ago. I pay $5. a year. I really was trying to figure out a different way so I wouldn't have to pay. But it was driving me crazy so I just paid. If you go to picasa web album you can tell if you hit your limit or if its just a glitch in the system. It tells you exactly how much storage you have used..

Hugs~

Linda R said...

I forgot to say how much I love your photo..

Hugs~

Patricia said...

I'm also with Blogger at $5. a year. They have a sneaky way of letting you blog for a year or two without knowing that there's a limit that you'll eventually reach. I've seen several bloggers lately mentioning this issue.
Take care.

Kamana said...

i never realised there was a limit. huh. i guess my time is yet to come.

ladyfi said...

Several others on Blogger have complained of this problem. I'm on Wordpress and they make it clear up front how much free space you have left.

Dimensions for the web are usually 1200 X 900, so I compress all my photos to this and then get Wordpress to compress them even further. However, if you click the shot then you can see it slightly larger.

Daniel LaFrance said...

My workflow is done using Lightroom where I've set my exported file size to a max of 2048x2048 (experimenting).

I also reached the Picassa limit and now store my images on Flickr. The limit for FREE is set to 300mb per/month.

Rosemary Aubut said...

I resize image first the I save for the web in PS Elements and usually pick medium quality and then save! Great photo!

Daryl said...

i reached my quota a month or two ago .. it took me 6 yrs ... now it costs me a few pennies a month for what i hope will be enough room for another 6 yrs

islandwonder said...

Such a cute bird. He looks very fluffy.

bobbybegood1 said...

I agree. Blogging waxes and wanes like the tide. Lovely pic. Cheers!!

GailO said...

I am so glad you asked this question because although I have been blogging for awhile I don't quite get the resizing thing and haven't done it. I think Windows Live Writer may resize it automatically??? Guess I have some things I should learn:)

Hartwood Roses said...

Resizing seems to be the key. I store mine in Blogger at 640 on the long side, on the advice of my genius-computer-guy husband, and I have never been notified of any sort of storage issue. The original high-resolution images are archived here on my computer and on my back-up drive. I format and watermark the photos I use on the blog, and I save the edited image separately and do not save those changes to the original images.

Sean Rasmussen said...

A basic issue but an informative post. Thanks to you, these bloggers was able to fix the issues they've been facing on their blogs. Good job!