I never gave it much thought. I have been getting popups about the new SMILE at Webshots. Thinking that this was just another gimmick, I dismissed it until the other day when Webshots stopped working. I was annoyed and thought that it was just maintenance time but later in the day things still didn’t work and I had a post to publish. So I had to gather all my photos, resize them and use my backup provider, Photobucket.
I have been a Webshots member since November 27, 2000
I have over 6,300 photos hosted with them
And during all this time I have amassed over half a million total views
Now I understand that this was a free service but I always thought that if they went to a pay system then I would have the option of coughing up the funds to continue to host them on Webshots. My first inkling of a HUGE problem was an email I received from DOUG . It took me a while to navigate the Webshots site, but essentially they have been sold.
Their business model will not include direct linking of photos, so basically when Webshots shuts down their server effective December 1st, 2012 all the links to all of my photos will disappear and all my blog entries will be reduced to just words.
There is no way I could reconstruct all the links to all my posts even if I were to upload my 6,300 photos to another hosting site. This situation is devastating for me as I have put a lot of effort and sweat into this blog and soon it will all be gone. The thought of all my work disappearing is making me sick
I started this blog on February 4th, 2008 and I have only received ONE comment on my first post. I actually tried to start a year earlier but I couldn't figure it out.
So if you are inclined now is the time for you to read my past posts and see how my style has changed over the years. (After December 1st there will be no photos as they will all be deleted)
Please be patient while I explore my photo hosting options
You may wish to read some of the comments
and this most positive explanation of what happened