Some of you may know that I had some difficulty inserting photos on my Blog. With the shutting down of Webshots most of my photos are going to be deleted and my previous blog entries will be reduced to text only. I am not super happy about losing 5 years of hard work, time and sweat.
I don't have the resources to reconstruct the past so I am moving forward. This was easier said than done
This meant finding a new image hosting service and trying to streamline my workflow as I was spending too much time doing things manually using HTML, uploading to an external image host, reducing my images from my cameras. I always shoot full resolution so my files are 18 MP or 16 MP. Most hosting services have storage limits and Blogger is basically unlimited as long as you keep your images less than 2,048 pixels on the long side
I thought my new method would work but this 2nd photo did not get the resize menu, so I had to alter the HTML dimensions. I only got the drag bars
I knew I could pay for image hosting but if I used Blogger/Picasa it would be FREE and unlimited as long as I kept image sizes smaller around 2 mp. I got a lot of help from Karen and I ventured into using Picasa3 but I got frustrated with their interface where their albums were not actual folders so it automatically organized your photos by date archives, but I do like their slide show creation
This 3rd photo also did not get the resize menu and I had to alter the HTML, so my smart method of uploading directly to Picasa did not work. The images are stored in Blogger as full size 2000x1330, but they don't display Xtra-large like I like
This is just a test post so I can play around with the Blogger compose interface and get more familiar with it as it as I have always posted using the HTML screens. I like the idea of seeing the text along with my photos. Using HTML you only get the image codes and when you are posting you are always unsure which image it is that you are writing about
I uploaded this Douglas photo using the "insert image" icon and selected the file from my Hard drive. I did not get the resize menu on this one either
At this point I shut down my Internet Explorer, saved and closed the blogger interface and started up Google Chrome
I am just posting a few photos which bring back memories of past rides, and also testing where my system is going wrong, trying to discover what works
Now with this photo using Google Chrome, it worked perfectly. I was able to upload using Picasa Web Albums and I did get the resize menu, just the way it is supposed to work.
Last year I rode by myself for my first day on the road and Bluekat/Kari & Ron agreed that we could meet up in Ritzville where we would continue as a group of 3
I am happy. This photo was uploaded from Picasa album option and I did get the resize menu. Did I mention that I am happy right now
There were severe wind gusts along Hwy 2 and I was nearly blown into the ditch. The winds would gust without warning. Other than that I was a warm day
Yahoo ! it worked again ! I am happy that the pop up resize menu appeared and I was glad to be able to select Xtra large from the menu
This photo also worked using upload from Picasa and I selected xtra large from the menu
That is part of Dom's hack behind. We got lost on the way, probably because I was in the lead and Dom was getting worried about us so he waiting on the side of the highway just Waiting for us to pass. He had been there for a long time and was about to give up when we finally turned the corner. We were spending a few days with him and his extended family in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, without internet
It was a small cabin but we drew straws to see who got the bedrooms and I volunteered to take the couch as I was riding solo. Just imagine everyone having to pass by my couch with my feet sticking out for those midnight washroom breaks.
One of the highlights of our trip to Calif was meeting Dave, BB and WillyD in Salinas. I wished that we had more time to visit with them but our host had to get home to feed her dogs so we had to leave
The past few photos are all working perfectly and I am able to choose their viewing size by selecting the Xtra large option, so it looks like Google Chrome works and Internet Explorer was my problem
The next photo was Uploaded using "choose files" from my hard drive. It works as expected, resize menu and all. I am happy to be able to do this again and it seems much simpler than having to manually use HTML. I still have to resize my photos to 2000x1330 but I have to do that anyway if I used Photobucket or Flickr, and it did this with the now defunct Webshots
And finally I had to finish this post with this
I really appreciated all the help from Richard and Karen, and a big thank you to the rest of you while I vented my frustrations over the past few days. Everything now seems to work as it should