Oops… I Wrecked My Blog!

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Last Friday, I was happily playing around on my blog, updating my header image and adding extra pages for easier navigation around the different categories, when all of a sudden I received a message from WordPress. It informed me that my Media file was almost full . . .

Shock horror! What would I do for future posts?

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The way forward seemed to me to be obvious. I’d simply have to delete all the images already in my Media file  . . . which is what I proceeded to do! I admit that I had so many photos in the file that I gave up after a while – fortunately, as it turned out.

All seemed well until I noticed that all my images had disappeared from my last post. I just thought I’d have to put those few back in again. Imagine my horror when I realised I’d totally wrecked most of my posts back to early September when I was doing my Malta posts . . .

All those Travel and History posts with big galleries of photos were now totally devoid of photos! So were many of my posts in various other categories. All gone . . .

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To cut a long story short, I made my blog private so I could do the repair work necessary.

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I’ve spent most of my time since then re-uploading all lost images. What a sad state of affairs.

I realise that the type of posts I do involve a lot of illustrations. So now the files are compressed and re-uploaded so they take up less space.  I’ve also been told there’s a way of getting Wikimedia images straight onto my posts without putting them into the Media library first. I haven’t tried it yet – knowing my luck it would probably wreck my blog… again!

I’m very aware that my Media library is likely to be full again before too long. The only answer to that, as far as I can see, is to upgrade to a Premium blog.

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I’ll think more about that when the time arises…

My apologies to all the people who’ve been requesting access to my blog, but I couldn’t possibly allow anyone in to see the mess. Now I think I’ve cleaned it all up. I’ve also missed visiting many people’s blogs, and I can’t see me being able to catch up on everything at the moment, unfortunately.  We’ll see . . .

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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122 Responses to Oops… I Wrecked My Blog!

  1. penshift says:

    I’m waiting for the day I have to clear my media library; I have a photo prompt for most of my flash fiction. The thought *cringes*. Good luck!

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, it’s not a good thought, having to pay to have more media space, but if necessary, I’ll have to go that route. One positive thing about what happened to me is that it taught me a trick or two about how NOT to take up so much space with files – and about getting pics from Wiki. I’ve been putting all of those on my media library as well. Live and learn, as they say. Thanks for your kind wishes.

  2. irinadim says:

    Oh Millie, I’m so glad to hear from you. I’ve been trying to access your blog for days!!! I kept getting a message “marked private”. I thought you unfriended me!!! Then I remembered you said you’d be away for a while to work on your book and I thought you had to have a complete rest. Well, now I know why you made your blog private. So the Media file can get full! Good to know. 🙂 While you’re away working on your book I’ll be visiting your posts. Happy writing, Millie! 🙂 ❤

    • milliethom says:

      Hi Irina. I didn’t want to contact anyone while my blog was in such a state, so I thought I’d leave replying to people until today. I’ve worked at restoring my posts for hours over the weekend – and we had visitors for most of Sunday, which put me back a lot. I know I’ve told you I’m a techno-idiot, so now you can see what I mean! I didn’t know that the media library could get full – and I’ve been filling it up with dozens of photos this year. I also didn’t realise that if I took pictures out of the file, they’d disappear from my posts! What kind of idiot does that make me? 😦 I’ll have to cut down the size of my galleries of photos from now on. And Louise (daughter) has shown me how to compress files on Photoshop, which we have got on our desktop but not my laptop. At the moment, it all looks gobbledegook to me. Thank you so much for caring.
      I haven’t taken time off to write yet, Irina. I still have a few posts to do – a Three Quotes Challenge and two blog award post. I can’t leave them any longer. I probably won’t close down altogether, anyway…just do fewer posts. I’ll see how that works out. I do hope you and your husband are well. Summer’s on its way for you, which can’t be bad. 🙂

      • irinadim says:

        I’ve certainly learnt a lot from your mishap, Millie. Thanks for sharing. You’re lucky to have your daughter to help you out. I can do only basic stuff and do not aspire to mastering the more intricate digital manoeuvres. 🙂 Summer arrived too soon yesterday with 41 Celsius!!! Today we can breathe again…Have a lovely weekend, Millie. 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        Thanks, Irina. my stupid mistake taught me a lot, and I’ve had some excellent advice from fellow bloggers. And yes, Louise is always willing to help me out. She’s so good at these technical things! 🙂 I’ll be over to read your post tomorrow. I haven’t had time for WP today. Hope you cope with that heat! It was 40 C when we were in Malta, and it was a bit too much for us. But I imagine you’re used to it now. 🙂

  3. sfarnell says:

    Oh dear I hope you work it out!

    • milliethom says:

      Oh, thank you, Simon. It’s been a big learning experience for me, I’ll say that for it. But with my total ineptitude around a computer, there’ll be something else going wrong before long!. 🙂

  4. Gavin Zanker says:

    I use a picture for every post, and while I keep the files as small as possible (I resize before uploading) the day will come when I run out of space. Like you say, I think the only option at that point will be to go premium or take the blog to a personal site off of WordPress.

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks for that, Gavin. I wish I could say I just use one picture per post. I’ve been putting dozens into galleries my Travel and History posts for ages now. It’s no wonder there’s no space left in my media library. I’d never heard of compressing files before – and hadn’t even realised the need to keep the images in the file once I’d put them on my posts. I’ll have to upgrade at some point, I know that, but until then, I’ll resize files from now on. Hope youw book is progressing well. I think you said you’d almost finished it. Best of luck with publishing. 🙂

  5. leggypeggy says:

    So glad you were able to get everything sorted. I started to run out of space and upgraded to slightly more space—an extra 10G which is much cheaper.

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Peggy. Yes, I’m definitely going to need more space from somewhere. You must use a lot, too, with all your travel posts. I don’t know how much extra space I’d get with Premium until I look into it – but an extra 10G sounds good to me right now. It’s been a real nightmare trawling through my Pictures file to find the same photos I used before – in so many huge galleries. I kicked myself a thousand times over, believe me! 🙂

  6. draliman says:

    Oops 😦
    I usually resize pictures before I put them up, knock them down from several MB to a few hundred kB. I like my own photos to remain fairly large, however, and you have a lot of your own photos! I’m glad it’s all sorted now 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Ali. Yes, it’s all sorted, apart from my Fountains Abbey post (which I’ve kept private whilst it’s undergoing repair work :D) I’ll definitely be compressing most files in future but, like you, I like my photos to be quite big.:)

  7. I also compress my files before uploading them. I use visual watermark to do so.
    http://www.visualwatermark.com/download/. There is a free version but i recommend spending the few dollars on a purchase. I also re-use pictures from time to time, some that are already in my media file. Good luck. What a headache!

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you for the link, Dawn! I’ll have a look at that. As you say, it would be well worth the extra cash. I do re-use some pictures – usually my own photos, or images I’ve bought from Shutterstock, or had free from Pixabay. I suppose my whole problem arose because I had no idea the media library could get full! How stupid is that? I suppose it just never entered my head… I just kept on filling it up. I can think of several words to describe myself right now, Dawn Plonker and inbecile would be two of the milder terms! 🙂

      • Don’t be so hard on yourself. We manage a lot in this technological age we did NOT grow up in!

      • milliethom says:

        You’re absolutely right, Dawn. We didn’t grow up with technology – and using computers before we could write (which I’m sure many kiddies do nowadays). I suppose we don’t do too badly, do we? I’d never used a computer before I was almost 50. I’ll keep plodding on and, perhaps, pick up some good advice along the way. Thanks for the encouraging words. 🙂

  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Oh no, how horrible! I’m glad you were able to eventually fix everything, but what an awful lot of extra work for you. I hope some of these other methods work out well and keep you from facing the same problem in the future. I love seeing all your photos so much, I wouldn’t want even the slightest incentive for you to post fewer of them!

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, I’ve had a headache of a weekend. I really didn’t know where to start once I realised how much I’d deleted. So many posts – right back to the end of August. One left to do, which I’ve made private while I restore it. There were a lot of photos in it!.I’ll have to buy more space from somewhere because I love having lots of photos in my Travel and History posts. Thank you for liking them, Joy! Half way through NaNo now… hope it’s still going well for you. Lou seems to be enjoying herself.

      • Joy Pixley says:

        That does sound like a horrible way to spend a weekend, ugh.

        Unfortunately I’ve been dealing with a NaNo-intensity-level push at work and haven’t been able to write a single word on my novel for 8 days! If only the (what feels like) millions of pages of grant proposal I’ve been writing counted toward my word count! But hopefully that will be done very soon and I will dive right back into NaNo. I really LOVED it for the first 9 days. Now if only I can get more days like that, I’ll be doing fine.

      • milliethom says:

        I know what it’s like when the world of work takes over your time. All those wasted words on those grant proposals! But at the end of the day, that’s where your livelihood comes from – until you get that best seller out there. You made such a great start on NaNo, and I’m sure you’ll pick it up again soon. You’re right, it’s a great opportunity to really focus on that novel – unless other things crop up to spoil it. I’ll be thinking about you and wishing you the best of luck with it. It will be great to get that first draft done.

  9. So sorry that happened Millie! What a mess. One time when I first started blogging I went back to get rid of photos I hadn’t used but added and ended up with a few blank posts! So now I don’t touch it although I need to get rid of photos I never used! Glad your back!

    • milliethom says:

      It was a mess, Lynn. If it had just been a few odd posts I wouldn’t have minded so much. I’ve had hours of work getting them back to how they were – or as close as possible. Like you, I know I have photos and other images I haven’t used in my library. It’s just a question of checking each with past posts, just to make sure, before deleting them. Thank you for the wcome back! 🙂

      • I am so glad you got it sorted out, when I read your post I thought OH NO! That would be quite a task! And you have such amazing photos and your posts all use pictures to give us part of the history so very important!!

      • milliethom says:

        I couldn’t do my type of posts without the photos, Lynn – and I love doing them. I’ll just have to pay for a Premium site when my media library reaches full again. Thank you for liking my posts, too. It means a lot to me to know that. 🙂

      • I do love them! I also love your new picture up there it is really cool!

      • milliethom says:

        Thanks again, Lynn. I had just updated my Home page on Friday night when I decided to attack my media library – and my troubles started! 😦
        The new header picture is one I took at Warwick Castle in August. There was a joust on that day, so it was a lot of fun, but very crowded. I still have a post to do about the day. The ‘knights’ in the photo were very dashing, as they say. Lol. Definitely ‘cool’!

      • They do look dashing!! I am glad it got worked out, I feel for you just having to fix two posts was a mess!! 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        All fixed … for now. 😀

  10. I feel your pain. We went from wordpress to self host and realized how spoiled wordpress has bloggers. Eventually you figure out your way and learn A LOT in the process.
    Good luck and see it as a learning experience because your blog will be that much better!!

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, I think it’s going to be an ongoing learning process with me. I thing the main problem was that it just never entered my head that the media file was getting full. I’ve been filling it up a lot lately with photos from our many holidays and days out. The problem is, I’ve still got a lot more lined up to be done over the winter – and those pictures aren’t on the media library yet. You do a lot of travelling, too, so perhaps I’ll follow your lead and self host. Right now, I’m just relieved to be almost back to normal. (I’ve yet to get back to your blog – but I will, asap.) Thank you for the lovely, encouraging comment. 🙂

      • Self hosting is a lot of work. You have to be careful who host it and how helpful they are. Read more on the forums and wordpress documentation!
        Take care & happy blogging!

      • milliethom says:

        Ah… perhaps not the best thing for me, then. It seems I’ll need to do some reading to find out what would suit me. All I want is some extra media library space, so I’m sure I’ll find a a way. :0

  11. Sounds like a lot of work! Sorry that happened to you 😦 I use a free mobile app on my iPad to edit my photos/add my title, and it automatically reduces the size, streamlining the whole editing process… the size can be pretty small for the web

    • milliethom says:

      So many people are advising reducing the size of photos, and your system sounds really good. I just wish I’d realised the need to compress the things before I filled up my media library. But I have reduced the ones I’ve needed to restore my posts, so I’ve gained some space, at least. I’ll still have to think about upgrading soon though. I wouldn’t like to spend another weekend doing all this. I’ve been on the verge of tearing my hair out, at times. Thanks for the advice – it’s much appreciated.

  12. Good luck, milliethom. Here’s best wishes that you get back online soon.

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you, Jack. I’ve always known I was a techno nerd … now I’ve just proved it to anyone who might have doubted. (Mind you, no one who’s seen me in action with a computer would have any doubts at all.) 🙂

      • Shivangi says:

        Millie… After reading your post… I tried to check mine…I deleted one of the pictures from my media file that was used in one of my former posts. But the picture in the post is intact and it is showing online. How come yours disappeared. This is confusing:(

      • milliethom says:

        The strange thing is, Shivangi, that some of the images I deleted from my media library seemed to be OK when I checked them on my blog. I thought my post about Bonfire Night (Remember, Remember…) was alright until I checked the edit page. It seems that some pictures still show on your own published post, but not on other peoiple’s computers. If you’re sure you deleted that picture and it still shows on the post, all I can suggest is you go into the edit page for the post. If it’s there as well, I can only think that you didn’t delete it. You’re right… this is confusing. If you’ve only one picture to check, that shouldn’t be too much hassle. 🙂

      • Shivangi says:

        Haha yes Millie… Some days are just crazy days. 😀

  13. Yinglan says:

    I went through that just over a month ago, ended up to had to resize all my pictures. It’s a pain but at least we learn something out of it.

  14. Anna says:

    So sorry to hear about your blog issues! I’ve went to move a few things around on my home page, only to become confused how to get it the way I wanted … yikes! So for now, I’m letting things be. Lol. 🙂 So sorry about your pictures — a lot of work goes into posting photos!

    • milliethom says:

      Well, I’ve learned a lot about what not to do on my posts, Anna, although I’m sure I’ll find different mistakes to make in future! 🙂 Like you, I’m still learning what’s what and I don’t like moving things about in case things all go wrong. One of the things I’ve learned is that it might be best not to put so many photos on my Travel posts. They’re just taking up all my media library. We live and learn, as they say. Thanks for the lovely comment, Anna.

  15. Beth says:

    I know that panicked feeling! Glad you’re all “sorted out” (that’s a Briticism, right?:0))).

    • milliethom says:

      I know you can identify with the feeling of panic, Beth, and in a most unpleasant way. I hope your own blog problems have been put right now. That was all so unfair and downright unpleasant for you. This incident with me was all my own making, due simply to my ignorance of how things actually funcion on WP blogs. Now I know a little more than I did. (Only a little more, mind.)
      I’ve never really thought about the phrase ‘sorted out’. It’s a common phrase here, and it hadn’t occurred to me that it wasn’t used in the U.S. I suppose we use it to mean ‘organised’ or ‘put right’. So yes, I think I’m all sorted out now. 😀

  16. Shivangi says:

    Oops… Ignore my previous comment Millie… You are right, deleting a pic from the media file means deleting it from the post. Sorry to add to the confusion. Tc. Happy writing😀

  17. exiledprospero says:

    What an absolute nightmare. This sounds as though the internet gods are punishing you for something or other (probably for trying to do charitable work or for trying to educate the masses with your WOW feature). Still, it seems so unfair. Besides, how much room could a hundred million pictures take anyway?

    But like everything else I am sure this little bandwidth hiccup will soon be forgotten. Then you can continue to dazzle us with paradisaic scenes of beautiful Malta.

    • milliethom says:

      I have to say that last Friday night, on discovering what I’d done, it did feel like the gods were punishing me for something or other. (Which gods, I’m not sure.) And yes, there really ought to be room for my hundred million pictures! I’ll really have to be more selective in what I upload in future, as well as compressing the files. Oh, I’ll bounce back, Prospero. You’re right, it was just a hiccup and now that I’ve almost got things back to normal, I can smile about it. I never did finish my malta posts. I left the last three because I had others to post.
      Hope you’re enjoying some lovely sunshine on your beautiful island, Prospero. Here it’s getting colder and greyer … and it’s blowing a gale today. 🙂

  18. Morgan Mills says:

    Oh I’m so sorry! I posted about deleting media not too long ago as I ran into the same issue and spent days trying to fix the mess.
    I’m glad you’re back! I was wondering what happened to you when I was denied access to your blog.

    • milliethom says:

      Yes, I’m sorry I had to make the blog private for a few days, Morgan. I had so many long posts to put right – ones with big galleries of photos – and hadn’t time to do anything else on WP. I wish I’d seen your post! It’s interesting to know that other people have made this mistake, too. Perhaps the media library should have an inbuilt warning about not deleting anything that’s been used in posts.
      I’ll be checking blogs out over the next few days. I wondered whether you’d done the blog award post. Someone else wanted to contact me to say they were posting theirs. I just feel that I’ve wasted so much time, but I’m so relieved to have got my blog back to normal.
      p.s. Lincoln Christmas Market in a couple of weeks! It’s a good one to do a post about – lots of interesting stalls, many from places in Europe, like Germany, France, Begium and Scandinavian countries.

      • Morgan Mills says:

        Oh it’s such a pain. I completely agree – it’s impossible to tell what deleting from the media folder will do, until you’ve done it and then there’s no easy going back!
        I had planned to do my award post, but couldn’t access your original post to view the questions etc. I think I sent you a notification to allow me access. At this point, I didn’t have a clue where you’d gone.
        Either way, it’s good to have you back and I’m glad you got your blog sorted.
        I know, and it’s such a shame but we can’t see any way of getting down. Having looked at trains, it would be almost £200 for 2 return tickets. Very steep! And with us not driving, that’s our only option!

      • milliethom says:

        I’m sorry i didn’t reply to requests for access, Morgan, but I had quite a few, and I wanted to be back on my blog by Sunday night or Monday morning. As it was, it took a lot longer than I’d thought. Finding the right pictures again for all the galleries I’d done was a real nightmare.
        Here’s the link to the blog award post, for whenever you decide to do it:
        https://milliethom.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/the-sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
        I’m sorry to hear that you can’t make Lincoln, but at train fare that ridiculously high, I’d give it a miss, too. 🙂

  19. NN says:

    Sounds like a nightmare! I’m guessing I’ll get to that stage at some point too, so glad I read this because from now on I’ll try to compress my photos even more.

    • milliethom says:

      It’s a useful thing to know, NN. I hadn’t compressed any of my pictures, and I’ve done a lot of posts with big galleries full of photos. As a travel blog yourself, you’re bound to post a lot of photos. With me, it’s the galleries that are too big, I thing. I’ll use fewer photos in them in future.

  20. Glad you are back! 🙂 I did wonder what happened to your blog, I checked it the other day and it said the blog was set to private. I am unsure whether my posts still show in the Reader now, as I moved to wordpress.org and I have been working on my new blog these days. So much to do, but I am getting there . Hope you like it 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      I’ll be checking posts out tomorrow, now that I’m back, Daniela. I’m not sure what WordPress.org entails, so I’ll let you know if I can’t find it. 🙂 Yes, It was a struggle to get my blog back to how it was before. I’ll make sure I don’t do that again.

      • WordPress. org is the self-hosted version of wordpress, l purchased my own domain as l wanted to be able to install different plugins and work a bit more on my blog. It might be that my followers need to subscribe to follow me again, not quite sure.
        But anyway, glad that all is good with your blog, you are doing an amazing job and would have been such a shame if you had been unable to restore it 😊

      • milliethom says:

        It sounds as though you know a lot more than I do about how these things work, Daniela. I don’t think self-hosting would be good for me, but I can see the big attraction it has.
        If I need to re follow you, that’s not a problem at all.
        Asfor my blog, if I’d have permanently lost all those posts, I would have gone crackers! Thankfully, all is well now. 😀

  21. I’m glad you managed to get it back up and running Millie 🙂 I shan’t say too much, it looks as if you have got your hands full responding to all the comments!!!! Just glad to see you back in blogland 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      It’s a relief to have (almost) finished repair work! Thanks Andy. (I did know your name was Andy. Did I call you something else last time we spoke? I was very tired on Friday night, and that was before I found what I’d done to my blog earlier in the day!) 🙂

      • It’s okay Millie 🙂 You did call me Allan, which is a first for me! LOL! Just glad to know that you’ve almost repaired the damage, I know that sort of thing can happen quite easily. Looks like you maybe heading for a premium blog!

      • milliethom says:

        My brother-in-law is Allan and they’d only gone home from visiting us the day before. I’ll blame it on that – and being tired. Sorry about the slip, though, Andy.

      • It’s fine Millie, I’ve been called a lot worse! Lol!! And I’m quite guilty of doing it too, I’ve already called two different people on WordPress the wrong name 😦 Fortunately, I did realise and correct it 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        I posted someone a reply to someone else’s comment not long ago. It’s because of the way it jumps in the notification box. The person who received the comment was totally bewildered by what I’d said. Naturally. Well, it’s time for sleep i think I’m just about to publish a post I wrote out very quickly earlier. I’ve left it a bit late to post, but I don’t want to leave it until tomorrow. 🙂

      • Sleep well, you need it after all your blog carry on 🙂 I’ll check out your post tomorrow 🙂

      • milliethom says:

        Thank you. My fingers are definitely in need of a rest. 🙂

  22. Oh no! How frustrating 😦 Glad you’ve got it sorted now 🙂

  23. I think I will upgrade to premium so I have more storage. I do need to go in and weed out photo’s that are not used. What a nightmare Millie.

    • milliethom says:

      It was a huge nightmare, Suzanne. I have so many photos on my Travel posts in particular. It took me ages just to trawl through my Pictures file to find the right photos again before I could even begin to put them back into my posts. I wouldn’t recommend spending a weekend like that! I just have one post still to update (Fountains Abbey) so it’s ‘private’ until I’ve restored it to its former state! 🙂

  24. That must be so frustrating Millie:( glad it’s all sorted out now 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      It was extremely frustrating, Freda – and I was so angry with myself for being such an idiot! I made myself hours of work. I did this post mostly to let people know not to do the same thing. I wish I’d known what I know now before I took the bulldozer into my media library. We live and learn, as they say. Thank you for understanding. 🙂

  25. I of July says:

    Sorry you had to go through all that dear. Glad you’re back up and running 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks Heath. I’ve only myself to blame. I should have known what would happen if I deleted images from the media file, so I’ve no excuse really. I know now, though! 🙂

  26. Susan says:

    I’m having similar problems. After transferring my blog to self-hosted, WordPress did not send all my images so I had tons of posts without images. I’ve started replacing the images but it is time consuming. Live and learn. 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      I feel for you Susan. Replacing images is such a thankless job – and I won’t go into the time it takes! You’re very brave to take on a self-hosted blog. I wouldn’t know where to start with one. But I hope it works out well for you. 🙂

  27. Forestwoodfolkart says:

    Millie, you can also compress images that exist in posts you have already made. But I suspect you might know that now? A lot of people have a similar problem and me included. I have deleted photos from posts that aren’t that important…. like expired Monday Mystery Photos from 2 years ago etc. However, I have been through my media library and edited the images to reduce their size. This seemed to give me much more space, as well as re-sizing the images prior to posting. Re-sizing is also helpful for the reader of the posts as large photo files sometimes take a while to load! There are loads of re-sizing tools on the market, and there is inbuilt ones on most photo editing apps or paint, or word…. I also do copy and paste images, but it depends where you are copying it from as trying to pick up an image won’t always work. And be careful of re-blogging, it never used to do this, but now wordpress adds all the photos from the re-blogged posts to your own media library when you click publish re-blog. So glad you are back on line again!

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you for all that really useful advice. I didn’t know a lot of what you’ve said, so I’m going to copy your comment and post it on a word document for future reference. I’ll read it more thoroughly later on.
      Thank you for the welcome back! Last Friday night I was convinced my blog was totally done for! These things are definitely sent to try us.

  28. Forestwoodfolkart says:

    Absolutely! It is such a learning experience. I also learnt that self-hosting isn’t the complete answer, by reading some of the comments above. To Edit the images already in your library (and posts), click on the image in your media library, and under the image is a edit image button or if not, click on the option edit more details/something like this. This will give you an option to scale and reduce the size of the image. Make sure you then click save and update. You can also delete permanently any image this way. I hope this helps.

  29. inesephoto says:

    I cannot believe you have more pictures than I… and I still have plenty of room! I paid extra 20 Euros just in case, and now I am sorted for the next 5 years I guess. Don’t rush with the Premium… Are you resizing your photographs down to 72 px resolution? If not, start doing that. The quality virtually remains the same, but the weight is under 1mb.

    • milliethom says:

      You know, whilst I was reading your posts a moment ago, I thought exactly the same. You do have a lot of photos on your posts. As you mention above, I think it’s just that it never crossed my mind to compress/resize the images. That’s something I’ll have to do in future, as well as with all the pictures already stored.
      Who did you pay the extra 25 Euros to? Someone else mentioned just paying for more space. It would definitely be worth it for me. Thank you for that useful advice!

      • inesephoto says:

        I think I paid at the shopping cart icon in my dashboard. There was an option. After I paid, I learned that I already have plenty of space, but it is ok, I won’t have to worry about it.
        Resizing is the most boring part, but I do it because not everybody in the world have a fast broadband, and I don’t want people skipping my blog because it loads too slowly. Resolution of 72 is enough for the web.

      • milliethom says:

        Thank you again. I’m copying all these helpful comments and pasting them onto a Word document. I know that sounds odd, but I can go straight to them then whenever I need them. We haven’t got superfast broadband in our village yet, so I know what you mean.

      • inesephoto says:

        I too do this 🙂
        So you know how it is when the internet is slow.
        Sometimes it is annoying when I just want to read and leave my ‘like’, but have to wait for ages until all those huge pictures of somebody’s backyard taken from different angles finish loading so that I can click on the ‘ like’ button. I don’t want overwhelm others with my pictures, it is why I chose a very simple theme. If you are interested in seeing a larger image, just click on it. If it is sufficient for you to look at the small image, fine with me too. I am not here to impress, as I said 🙂

  30. I also had to clean up my previous blog(or my first part) I decided not to do it so that I can still go back and make use of it. I started my second blog – just a lengthening of the first one but with the new space to use again.

  31. I love the new headed very in line with your blog and all the changes you’e made seems worth in the end. I guess we all learn by making a few errors here and there. Xx

  32. Ralph says:

    Oh Millie 😦
    You know my posts, possibly 20+ photos per post, even though I’m allowed 13Gb in my upgraded theme I am nowhere near 1Gb used after 3 years. For each post I open a new file in my laptop titled as per the post. I put my camera photos into that file and reduce their size with the photo editor which came with the camera from 2Mb to approx 35Kb or from 2000pixels to 450 pixels jpeg saving them with a new name which means I still have the originals. I only use jpeg or jpg for posts as png uses more Mbs than the original from the camera, jpg hardly uses anything. Don’t forget not all your readers have high speed internet so limiting the photo size to jpeg/jpg Kbs is good for them.
    Most of the work is done offline and I only upload to Media the resized photos I want for the post. I add or delete Media photos to fit the post as I’m drafting it. Once the post is published I cut/paste the file in my laptop into memory sticks freeing up my laptop Pictures.
    Hope this helps you my friend 😀 ❤

    • milliethom says:

      Thank you so much for all this useful info. Ralph! I admit, I knew none of it – and look where it landed me. I’ve started ‘shrinking’ images now and freeing up some space. I need to think about the size of the pictures I put on my posts, too. Our internet is awful on this village, so I should have thought about that. I’ve copied your message onto a word doc. page with a few others. They make a great instruction manual fo me! Hugs to you Ralph. ❤

  33. Mi;;ie, I haven’t been blogging for very long, but I made the same mistake of removing some photos and then noticing the holes in my blog posts. I didn’t know how to fix it, but at least I stopped the “fall photo cleaning” I’d started. You know, I’m sure something could be done by WordPress to make this not happen. I think if you’ve placed a photo in a post, it should remain there when you are cleaning up the media file. how hard could that be to program in? thanks for sharing this info with me and I’m going to visit Malta now through your pics.

    • milliethom says:

      Well, Clare, my blog is 16 months old now, and I’ve used up a lot of my media file since April this year. We’ve had several holidays and lots of days out to historical sites and re-enactments, many of which I’ve alrady posted about, with lots of pictures in each post. The trouble is, I still have a lot more to write up over the winter when we won’t be going very far.The thought of my media library being almost full was a bit of a shock.Hence the mistake I made! I agree, perhaps WP ought to have a warning sign about what happens when we delete images for the media library. At leaast my error may help others not to do the same. I think I’m just about back to normal now, but it took many hours to sort out. I’ve had such a lot of great advice from very kind people, and I’m already shrinking images like mad! I’ll just see how it goes.
      Malta is a lovely island, especially for history lovers. It’s easy to have a day in Sicily from there too, which we did one year – up to Mt.Etna. Well worth going to see.

      • I haves much catching up to do with your blog which I just stumbled across recently. But the winter is coming here in Rhode Island and it will be nice to sit back with a cuppa and travel vicariously through your posts. Thanks! 🇲🇹(Maltese Flag)

      • milliethom says:

        Unfortunately, winter is coming here, too. We’ve had a couple of hard frosts this week, and gales before that – so most trees are looking pretty bare now. I’ve yet to get over to your blog, but I intend to do so as soon as I’ve had my lunch. (Stomach rumbles won’t be ignored! 🙂 ) I had a quick peek yeatserday, but hadn’t time to browse. Thank you so much for visiting, and following, me. I’m so glad you did. It seems we’re very similar in outlook and interests – including being retired teachers, and writing! Talk again soon. 🙂

      • Kindred Spirits! Keep warm…Clare

  34. Thanks for the heads up on NOT clearing your image file. Definitely worth upgrading to a paid account instead. It’s so important to share stuff like this, but it takes courage. 🙂

    • milliethom says:

      Thanks, Cathleen. Sorry for this late reply, but this one was in my ‘spam’ and I’ve only just rescued it. Yes, I felt as though I was making a fool out of myself by posting this, but I’ve talked many times on posts about what an idiot I am with technological devices – including computers. It’s now January, and I still have a lot of work to do, clearing out unused images I’ve stupidly put in the media file ‘just in case’ I wanted them in various posts. I’m also only half way through shrinking the file size of every photo I’ve used – which is a lot of photos! I’ve done a lot of galleries since early last year, and taking them all out, one by one, to shrink the photo – and then restructure each gallery – takes ages! I know I’ll have to upgrade soon because the type of posts I do need a lot of images. I’ll just see how things play out this year. Thanks again for your nice comment. 🙂

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