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.
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.
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…
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…
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:
Reduce the size of your pictures to be uploaded to 800×800 pixels. This will not be counted in your storage limit.
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)
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?
Gayle emailed a great question after I posted about permalinks for self hosted wordpress sites. She wanted to know about her blogspot 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
Keep your post titles short
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.
Meghan blogs about her ranch over at Husker Cowgirl. She has a wonderful about page that really gives you an insight to her life. 1. Tell a little about you and your operation. I live on a family owned ranch in south central Nebraska. My husband and I ranch with his parents. We have commercial and purebred Angus cows and also some dryland farm ground. We sell a few yearling bulls each year to local commercial cattlemen. My husband and I also buy steers in the late summer and background them until December.
I have a “day job” as a beef specialist for Aurora Cooperative. I love my job and the people I meet on a daily basis. When I get home from work, I change clothes and help take care of our cattle and horses.
My hobbies include photography, hunting, fishing, and riding and showing my horses. My husband and I are active members of Nebraska Cattlemen and NCBA. I am a 4H horse project leader. I also enjoy conducting horsemanship and ranch horse clinics for youth riders.
2. What made you want to start your blog? Those of us involved in agriculture really are a minority. With such a small percentage of the population involved in agriculture and food production, a large disconnect has grown between the American consumer and knowing exactly how food got on that plate. With social media being so popular, it’s not hard to spread a message – whether it is the truth or a lie. There are people and organizations that spread misinformation about agriculture and food production. This spread of misinformation is why I decided to take a more active role in AGvocating. The more people who blog, the more our story and message gets shared with others. As farmers and ranchers, it is our job to share OUR story. We know what’s best for our animals because we are the ones taking care of them 365 days a year, not someone who never has stepped foot on a farm or ranch!
My husband had a farm accident a few years ago where he cut some tendons in his hand and had to have a finger amputated. Throughout the trips to Omaha and doctor visits, we became good friends with Troy’s doctor and his wife. We invited them to our branding so they could see what exactly we do on our ranch. They left with a new appreciation of all the hard work that goes into producing each pound of beef that is on their supper table. I really enjoyed giving them a tour and spending the day with them. His wife asked me several times to start a blog. She enjoys reading my facebook posts and wanted to know more about what we do on a daily basis. I had wanted to start a blog but didn’t think I had enough time to start one. On a snowy day this winter I made time! I decided to start writing, and my blog was born!
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect: The biggest surprise so far has been the number of people that read my blog. I really didn’t expect a large number of people to read it. I enjoy reading the comments people leave. I get a lot of compliments from my customers at work, co-workers and friends on what a great job I have been doing with my blog.
4. Where do you get your ideas? Most of my ideas have been coming from our daily activities on our ranch. There is never a dull moment, or a lack of things to do. I spend a lot of time driving during the day for my job , so I really don’t have a lack of brainstorming time! I have only been blogging for a short amount of time, but so far it hasn’t been hard to get ideas. I have some ideas for future blogs as well. If I get stuck on ideas, I will turn to current events for ideas to write about. I believe one of the most important things about blogging is to write about topics others either relate to or find interesting. As long as I write about interesting topics, my readership will continue to grow.
5. What obstacles have you met and how did you overcome them?
One of my biggest obstacles seems to be time to write, as I knew it would be when I started my blog. Between my job, helping Troy when I get home, and also riding my horses, it has been hard to sit down and write. With spring quickly approaching and the days getting longer, finding time to blog is not going to get easier either. But sharing my story is something I’m passionate about, and I will make time to write. During the week, I try to write when I get a spare minute, but sometimes it is hard to find the time. I try to write on Sunday evenings also. Sunday evenings are my time to relax, and writing is relaxing to me.
I encourage others who are thinking about blogging to start writing. It is a lot of fun to tell our story. What we think as just a routine day, others find fascinating and love to hear what we do!
Thank you, Meghan, for being so willing to tell your story even on the slopes on vacation. Visit her blog at Husker Cowgirl. And follower her on twitter @HuskerCowgirl
I’m a little partial to this featured farmer, since I married him.
1. Tell a little about you and your operation.
I farm with my wife and children on a central Midwest cash grain and purebred cattle operation. I have in the past been very involved with farm organizations and politics. For politics I have done two terms as a school board member, three terms as a township trustee, two terms as a township supervisor, so I have run my own election campaigns. I have also been a major to minor advisor to four US Senator campaigns, four Governor campaigns, and a couple Presidential campaigns. I have also been very involved at a whole lot of other political stuff. I also worked almost 8 years as the State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency/USDA in my state. I also am getting back involved with some organizations after having to lay off when I worked for the Feds.
Our farm operation is a corn/soybean operation typical of many Midwestern farm, but also has a purebred cattle component that has been very good for my children to learn life skills, even though they do not fully understand that yet. My wife also has her own operation which she farms along with us and is a very big reason that I am able to do all the “extra” stuff I do. We have “enough” acres to stay busy, some small farm advocates would say too many, but I would like to expand since I think one if not two of my kids want to come back to the farm. We also have finally got to the place with of purebred operation where we plan to start selling more show cattle to others. 2. What made you want to start your podcast?
My wife made me do it. No really, she listened to several podcasts and thought I would be good at it. We also get together every now and then with fellow farm policy wonks and we talk about things at “Garry’s office” and many times she has said she wished she had recorded what we were talking about. So Judi set it up and trained me to do it and I started talking.
3. What has been the biggest surprise since you started? or something you didn’t expect:
The number of downloads of my weekly video and the farmers from way overseas that listen in. I also was just surprised anybody would want to listen to me.
4. What is your favorite episode and why?
The one I did in the planter when I was upset with the Smithfield CEO saying that because of the price of corn his mother could not afford pork chops anymore. Give me a break he is the largest producer of pork in the United States and a multi-millionaire and he is just wanting cheap inputs for his industrial operation. I was on a role. Now, I am not against large farmers or any kind of business model, but give me a break, here is a guy who for decades has been able to buy his major input, feed, at below the cost of production, due to the subsidies of the farm program and now that he has to pay maybe what it is actually worth he is crying about the price. Look at how the cost of many things has inflated for years and now that food is maybe feeling pressure from other people around the world who only want to eat better and can now afford it and he is “unhappy”. I know we will have “cheap” food again, but for now it is at a good price for farmers. Livestock just have to survive for a little while longer, eventually grain producers will over produce and livestock prices will rise and then livestock will have their day. I do believe the days of sub $3 corn are probably gone for a long time. Cost of production is just too high to be produced at those levels.
5. What are your future plans for your podcast?
I want to do two a week during the winter so I will have done 52 in my first year. I also want to just get better at it and provide to my audience what it wants. I also plan to blog more. Lots of material will be out there over the next two years.
We are taking this site in a different direction. I have other websites that I am working on.
Together we will discover
1. how to reach an audience
2. make strong connections
3. get your message out
If you would like to join us to see how this can improve your site. Join the email list to be included. It's at the top of the page. :D