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Blogging on Vacation

How to keep up your blog while on vacation?Blogging on Vacation

You are a committed blogger and want to keep up the groove of posting every week. Right? Because we know that our readers come to expect it and search engines favor regularly updated sites.

And now after long hours and days in the field, the family is ready to take a vacation. If you are like my family, the husband considers showing at regional cattle shows or fairs a vacation. This I strongly disagree with; but I digress.

Let’s look at a few ways you can keep your posts coming even while traveling.

1. Schedule your post ahead of time. Write a post (or posts if you’re that kinda blogger) to save for when you will be gone and before you click publish over there to the right select “edit” by “publish immediately”. Then set the date to schedule when you want it to publish.

2. Speed Blogging If you are another kinda blogger, (like me) that wishes there were 5 posts in the hopper but will never see the day, then remember my post about speed blogging when you have very little time.

3. Mobile Posting Use your phone or tablet to post while on the road. Even if it’s just pictures with captions, your readers would be interested in what you are up to. I suggest you set this up before you leave because you will need to know your passwords to connect the app with your blog.  WordPress- IOS or Android — Blogger – IOS or Android You also might want to try a couple of test posts just to become familiar with the process.

4. Guest Posts Ask someone to write a guest post for you. They could send it to you in advance and use the schedule post listed in #1 or give them limited access as an author to your dashboard to post. Many moons ago I guest posted for A Cowboys Wife. For Blogger add authors in Settings – Permissions. And in WordPress dashboard Users – add new – author

I do hope you plan ahead and keep posting while on vacation. It doesn’t really take that much time to add a quick post when you have some down time. Or with a little forethought schedule a post to publish while you’re gone.

Do you have any other ideas for vacationers?


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How to Resize Pictures

how to resize pictures

The size of your photos that you upload to your site is critical. If the file size is large this will

  1. Slow the loading time when visitors come to your site. Very few blog readers will wait around for images to load.
  2. Eat up your storage limit if you are using Blogger, WordPress.com, even GoDaddy’s site services (& most free hosting)
  3. Take longer to upload the images to put on your site.

So how do you resize your pictures?

To answer this question you must understand the difference between pixels and bytes. This won’t be complicated. I’ll tell you only what you need to know.

Pixels: the size on the screen in height and width.

Bytes: file size of the image in how much detail/information is saved in the individual file

After you are done editing your photo in your program of choice, then you export or save the photo. This is when you adjust the pixels and bytes of the saved picture. I use picasa for most of my editing. So I’ll use it as an example. The process should be similar to other editing software.

Generally resizing your photo to 800 pixels is enough adjustment. But if the original photo was very large, say 5mb and up, you will need to reduce the image quality (which just means the file size).  To see the file size of the saved picture, right click on it and select “get info” or “properties” or similar. Then make further  adjustments to the size as needed.

resize pictures

Basics of Resized Pictures for Websites:

Save photos that are 800 pixels wide or less. If you are going to use it as a smaller image, save with less pixels. When one number is given for the pixels, it applies to the width. The height is auto adjusted.

Save photos at around 150 kb. This will not affect the appearance of the image on a screen. [It will affect the photo if printed]

Find out about photo storage limits in Blogger and WordPress.com. And with this new knowledge of pixels and bytes you should be all set to upload your pictures and not worry about reaching the storage capacity on your site.

Tell Me: Do you have more questions about resizing your pictures?

photo credit: The Farmer’s Life


Never Run Out of Storage on Blogger

Warning: If you are not using Blogger, do not read this post. It contains information you really don’t want to know. Trust me on this.

After Val asked me what to do about running out of storage on her blogger blog, I made some discoveries while looking into the issue.never run out of storage on blogger

File Size Matters

Blogger gives 1 gigabyte storage on their free blogs. Most people get into trouble using up the allotted space because of the large images they upload. Most bloggers don’t realize that an image size can be rather small and still look good on a computer screen. I show an example of this in an earlier post, Resize Your Photos. As a rule of thumb upload photos that are 150 to 300kb in size or 900×600 pixels. Which one you use depends on which photo editor you have.

Side benefits to resizing is faster uploading of the images for you and quicker site loading for your readers.

Where’s the limit?

Blogger uses Picasa Web Albums to store images. The following is a quote from google support.

Picasa Web Albums offers 1 GB of free storage for photos and videos. However, files under certain size limits don’t count towards this free storage limit. This applies to uploads for other Google product that store photos and videos in Picasa Web Albums, including Blogger, Google+ and Google Maps.

Photos up to 800 x 800 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won’t count towards your free storage.

What does this mean? That if you upload your images under the above mentioned size, you shouldn’t run out of storage! Isn’t that cool? But is it true? Let’s find out.

Find Your Number

Did you know you can check how much space you have used of the 1gb storage? Go to Picasa Web Albums and log in with your google password. At the bottom of the page you will see something similar to this…

storage amount

This number is my storage amount for all my google images of which there are 1,397. That’s right. I have 1,397 images and have used 0%. This is impressive but there is something else…

The Other Limit

Besides the storage limits there are Account Upload limits.

Maximum number of photos per web album: 1,000

Every time you add a photo to your blog it is assigned to an album with your blog’s name as the album title. Each album’s capacity is 1000 photos.

Once you go over that 1000 limit, Picasa Web should create a new album for your blog to store another 1000 pictures. Here’s a catch: adding that 1001st picture has to be done with your computer NOT your smart phone. (Are you pulling your hair out yet?)

What Have We Learned?

I have spent more time researching this than I care to admit. Once I learned one thing I would click to another page and find out more. Then I would search forums and blogs to know if there were ways around the limits. It is never ending really. So, I’ll break it down into two things to remember:

  1. Reduce the size of your pictures to be uploaded to 800×800 pixels. This will not be counted in your storage limit.
  2. When you come to the album’s 1000 photo limit, upload the next photo with your computer (not your smartphone or tablet just to be safe)

Finally

There is this from google support:

When you reach your storage limit, any new photos you upload to Picasa Web larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 800 pixels (on their longest edge).

So if you are over the 1gb limit and can’t upload any more photos to blogger, try reducing the size to less than 800 pixels before uploading. From what the support states, you should be able to.

If you’ve done all that I have prescribed above and continue to get the “Photo Limit Reached” box, you will have to use a photo link from a new Picasa Web album or Photobucket. I described this in my previous post.

For those who didn’t heed my warning: In the next post, I’ll cover wordpress.com’s storage limit.

Tell me: Has this helped or confused you Blogger bloggers?


Blogger’s Storage Limit

Reaching Your Storage Limit

Val asked me about what she should do about reaching her image storage limit in blogger.

running out of blog spaceFor those of you already out of space, I suggest you create an account in Photobucket. This is where you’ll store your photos and link to them from your blog site.

After your pictures are uploaded to photobucket, hover over the selected photo and click on “direct link”. This automatically copies it. If you are using the updated photobucket, click on the gear in the upper right on the photo. Then select direct link.

In blogger select insert image–from URL–paste code into field–add selected. Click on image to make adjustments.

successful photobucket use tweet

If you don’t want to use a 3rd party site for your images, extra space can be purchased if you choose.

Next I will show you how not to run out of space on your blogger blog.


Improve Blogger’s Post Titles for SEO

Gayle emailed a great question after I posted about permalinks for self hosted wordpress sites. She wanted to know about her blogspoimprove blogger titles for seot blog and permalinks. I certainly didn’t mean to leave blogger out. So to be fair to that platform here is my advice to improve search engine optimization for blogger.

With bloggers new layout they took away the option to edit html; so removing the date from the permalink or post title url isn’t an option for the normal blogger. So to make the best of this situation is to do the following

  1. Keep your post titles short
  2. Use important keywords in the first part of the title

Blogger limits the number of characters in the URL to 35 to 40 cutting off any characters after that. Knowing this you can strategize your titles that will follow the date stamp.

Part of Link Series:

  1. Lots of Link Love
  2. Is Your Permalink Dragging You Down
  3. The All Mighty Backlink