First off, I'd like to thank Lindsey, Lori and Renate for their comments on the cute picture of Charlie - the picture wasn't about the picture, or even getting a picture posted, but about discovering how Blogger and Picasa work. Read on to share in my adventure!
A few days ago, I was searching the web to see if I could find a web-based storage for our photos – you know in case we have a house fire and everything is destroyed, and there’s no way to recover those photos, even those ones backed up on CD and an external hard drive.
In my search I came across Picasa. I’d heard of it, but hadn’t explored it at all, as I hadn’t felt the need. When I discovered Picasa, I found a whole bunch of photo albums, of MY photos, that I didn’t know existed. They were labeled with things like ‘Pieces on My Mind’ and ‘Blog Photos’ and ‘Windows Live Writer’. At this point in time, I had no idea that there was a difference between Picasa and Picasa Web Album.
So, as I looked through these ‘new’ albums, I thought: ‘what a waste of space, almost every photo is in here 2-3 times. I can much more effectively use this to store the albums that I have on my C: drive as a back up – you know just in case we have a house fire and everything is destroyed, and there’s no way to recover those photos, even those ones backed up on CD and an external hard drive.’
I therefore proceeded to delete the ‘unnecessary’ albums, thinking I was doing such a great service to the world at large in saving all this web space for others to save their photos. Oh, and BTW, Picasa Web Album space is limited, and if you have too many photos, you have to pay for the privilege to keep putting your photos on there – another good reason to free up space for all the other folks out there who want to save their photos on Picasa Web Album.
There was a warning – photos would no longer be available on Google +, but what’s that to me? I don’t use Google +……………….do I?
Then I got an email message: ‘What happened to all the photos on your blog?” Well, what did happen to them? I wanted to blame Blogger. After all, shouldn’t they be taking care of me, and my photos!
But it turned out it’s all me!!! I’m an idiot. A little in my defense, the warning did not state that photos would be removed from my blogs, nor did it state that they were not recoverable. As I searched and read and asked questions and dug through chat groups,
I discovered that, in fact, both of the above are true. Actually, the Picasa or Google or some ‘official’ site stated that the warning tells us that the photos would disappear from blogs. In fact, it doesn’t, because I went back and checked (aborting the mission of deleting an album very, very carefully so as not to lose any more than I already had).
The only way to recover photos deleted from Picasa Web Albums, which are apparently automatically created for Blogger blogs, with every picture ever posted from personal files, is to – blog by blog – repost with pictures. Photos from web-sites are not preserved there, so they were safe from the purging that I did.
Well, lesson learned, and new things discovered. In case you’re wondering, Picasa is a down-loadable program for storing and organizing photos. Picasa Web Album exists within Google to ‘link’ photos from your hard-drive files to your blog-writer. You can also use PWA (isn’t that an airline?) to create your own albums to store your photos in a safe environment where they can be found any time – you know in case you have a house fire and everything is destroyed, and there’s no way to recover those photos, even those ones backed up on CD and an external hard drive. You do have the choice who can view the photos on PWA, so you don’t (I think in all my naivety) have to worry about snoopers. But I won’t get into that, at least not on this post.
Also having downloaded the Picasa program – I’ve already decided I don’t like it much. I think I’ll stick to Windows Photo Gallery – at least I know my way around there.
Anyway, I’ve reposted a few blog posts, complete with photos, and they appear to be working. It took about 2 hours to get done what I did get done, and that’s as far back as Windows Live Writer will take me. I deleted a few really unnecessary-to-keep posts, and I’m back to Jan 24. Oh, my!!!! What a task ahead – if I bother to do this. I really do wonder how important it is to keep all the photos in all the blogs for about 3 years. Not sure that I’m going to worry about it much.
Oh, and I’m going to go out and buy a fire-proof safe for the CDs and external hard drive – you know, in case we have a house fire and everything is destroyed………………..
Whew!!!!!!! Blessings, Peg
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