My Dilemma: To End This Blog?

May 1, 2017

I am facing a dilemma.  For the past eight years I’ve been using a free WordPress blogging platform, and I have written about 2,400 posts.  Each post included at least one visual component — photos I’ve taken of my artwork, my surroundings, and food I’ve prepared.  Most often I included several photos in a post.  And now I have reached WordPress’s media library storage limit.  I can no longer upload photos to this blog unless I pay for extra storage.

I ran out of image storage space at the tail of of April’s Daily Doodles blog posts.  In order to finish out the month, I deleted some old photos from my WordPress media library.  This resulted in those photos disappearing from my archived blog posts.  And it was not even a one-to-one correspondence.  In order to upload just one new photo, I had to delete about twenty old photos.  I’ve decided that even though nobody will miss the old photos, I do not want to create holes in my old, archived blog posts.

I don’t want to pay WordPress a monthly fee for “premium” storage.  My blog is not a for-profit endeavor, and even though the fee is nominal, I don’t want extra expenses right now.  I know that I have no reason to expect WordPress or any other provider to give me an outlet for free.  But if I had to pay to blog, I probably wouldn’t do it.  I do appreciate WordPress immensely, and I’m grateful to have my blog with them.

So I am contemplating what I should do.

One option would be for me to quitting blogging entirely — I certainly have enough to keep me busy and engaged and creative without writing blog posts.  But I do appreciate having a blog platform for several reasons:

  • It’s a great way to share what’s going on in my life with my far-flung siblings and friends and acquaintances.  I have no interest in being on Facebook, and my blog is one way people can check in with me if they care to.  I have siblings in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, Colorado, and Israel.  We’ve all pretty much stopped corresponding with letters or even email.
  • I’ve made a few lovely friends as a result of my blog.
  • I’ve come to LOVE the blog as a useful tool for keeping my photos and trip notes and recipes and art explorations organized.  The “search” box on my blog works as an indexing tool.  For example, if I want to find a recipe that uses rhubarb, I can type “rhubarb” in my search box and then scroll through my posts about recipes I’ve made in the past.  If someone asks me about a place I’ve been, like my favorite Ebey’s Landing hike, I can search for old posts and email him or her the link.  If I want to paint an iris, I can search through my photos of irises in my old blog posts.  This is VERY handy!
  • I want to continue to document certain things in my life: my art work — individual paintings/drawings and multi-day projects; my travel journals; favorite books, foods and daily experiences.  My blog has become a documentary of my life.  I haven’t finished some of the projects I’ve started, like Armchair America (travel through books) and book covers of favorite books.
  • It’s a good thing to have a reason to think about even one good, beautiful, interesting thing that happens in my day and that I think might be worthy of noting (and sharing).  My blog is a record of what I pay attention to and reflect upon.

One solution would be for me to resize all of my photos for posting to a lower resolution.  This probably wouldn’t be a noticeable decrease in quality to viewers.  But that would mean researching and learning about image optimization, putting all of my photos through this type of editing app before uploading to the blog.   I hate this kind of technical detail, and I simply don’t want to devote time to figuring this out and then keeping it up on an ongoing basis.

Another solution might be to end this blog and start a new one.

Once I figure out what to do, I’ll let you know.  I am so grateful that you’ve taken time to follow and/or read my posts.  I appreciate your interest and attention.

 

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23 Responses to “My Dilemma: To End This Blog?”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I know what I would do, but that’s irrelevant. It did occur to me that, if you start a new blog, you could title it “Rosemary’s Re-Blog.” It connects to this one, and it alliterates. What could be better?

  2. Mary Hull Says:

    Rosemary’s Blog Two. Please continue your wonderful work.

  3. Bonnie Says:

    Our friendship started because of your blog and connecting with you almost daily is an important part of my life. I have made your blackberry jam ( and other recipes) ; I have tried your art ideas. I have been inspired by your writing and photography. Your blog is important to me. I know you don’t want to ask for subscriptions/ donations but my PO box could be used for donations. Let me know if this works for you and I will post it here.

  4. jafotosocial Says:

    Creo que tienes hecho un buen trabajo., Comienza un nuevo blog y lo enlazas con el ya existente, es una solución. Saludos desde Alicante.

  5. Pia Says:

    It’s more work, but you could store your photos elsewhere online and link to them. I’ve done that between blogs and they do show up in the post.

  6. Anne Middleton Says:

    This has been such a lovely morning gift to so many of us! I hope you will find a solution that will keep us in the loop of your life! It has been so fun and inspiring!

  7. Julie Hanify Says:

    Hi Rosemary,

    My name is Julie Hanify. I moved from Seattle to Pittsburgh nearly 12 years ago, to become a librarian. I worked my way up from library school at the U of Pittsburgh to Manager of the Music, Film & Audio Department at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

    I found your blog through an online librarian journal and have loved reading/viewing your work for what seems like a decade.

    I lived on Clogston Way at the south end of Greenlake for 20+ years. Your photos of the old neighborhood bring me lots of joy, as does your entire blog.

    If you stop I’ll understand, but I would very much miss your posts. When visiting Seattle, I always mean to stop by your library (Greenlake and now Greenwood, I think) and introduce myself. But the grandkids keep me busy and I haven’t managed that yet.

    Just to say thank you for sharing your views and art.

    All the best,
    Julie

  8. Eileen Says:

    Hello, Rosemary! I’m a fellow library employee on the eastern side of the state (Spokane) and I’ve been following your blog for years, ever since I saw your First Tuesday webinar through the WA State Library. I love seeing your pictures and the things you do on the western side! I get inspiration and ideas for trips in your neck of the woods (and even further) from reading your posts. As another person mentioned, your posts are a wonderful morning gift. I would surely miss your posts if you decided to quit your blog. May I offer a thought? Perhaps you can start a new blog on WordPress (sort of a “blog 2”, like a second photo album once the first one is all filled) and just give everyone the new blog address? Whatever you decide to do, I wish you the best!

  9. carolyn cochran Says:

    Morning, Rosemary. If you were to begin a new blog, would you (and we) still have access to the first one? I read your blog every day that you post and hope you continue. Carolyn

    On Mon, May 1, 2017 at 6:02 AM, Rosemary’s Blog wrote:

    > Rosemary posted: “I am facing a dilemma. For the past eight years I’ve > been using a free WordPress blogging platform, and I have written about > 2,400 posts. Each post included at least one visual component — photos > I’ve taken of my artwork, my surroundings, and food I’ve” >

    • Rosemary Says:

      Yes, my old blog posts would still be on the internet, so you would be able to access them. I know I will look at old posts when I need images or imformation in them.

  10. Janet McIntosh Says:

    I would miss your blog! It adds joy to my day, so I vote for a new (free) blog, maybe “Rosemary: Chapter 2.”
    Let us know!

  11. kittybluhm Says:

    Rosemary, your offerings are an important, very good thing in my days.. . . I’m waiting with you as an answer sorts itself out. . . Ready to sign up for the next phase

  12. Gale Kobray Says:

    How much is the monthly fee? I really enjoy your musings, I love nature and your passion for it through words, photos and paintings, and I would be willing to send $1/month. If it’s $25/month, I’m sure there would be at least 24 others who would consider this a worthwhile expense. Your blog comes to me through a dear friend who loves reading your entries, too, and then she forwards to me and a few others. You probably have a much larger readership than you realize. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you resolve this issue in an easy and expedient manner. The new, free blog idea sounds doable, too.
    Thanks, Gale (DBeethoven@aol.com)

  13. Tara Kalima Says:

    I haven’t been following your blog for very long, but I enjoy it very much! I’m a Washington State native and have lived in the Puget Sound area all my life. Now that I’m retired, my husband and I live in the Skagit Valley from May to September and travel the rest of the year, wintering in South Texas. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy getting your blog when I’m far from home.

    Of course the decision is yours, but let me add in the two cents worth of a stranger:

    Your “pro” list is lengthy and well thought out. You know all the reasons you love your blog and want to continue with it in its current form. I have an art gallery on line as well, and I know how important it is to have continuity with both your work and with the people who are associated with your online presence. Don’t underestimate the value of that continuity or that community. Deleting old work means your search function is no longer going to pull up the things you want to see. Believe me … the site I’m on gutted it’s beautiful search function, and it makes me feel like I’m working with one hand tied behind my back. Having your history available at your fingertips is invaluable.

    The only “con” on your list is the nominal fee WordPress charges for their service.

    I would encourage you to consider yourself, and your art, worthy of that investment. The fact that you described the fee as “nominal,” and didn’t say, “it would be a crushing financial burden,” makes me think you could probably fit it into your budget if it was important enough.

    If you decide to discontinue your blog I will have twinges of sadness from time to time, but it won’t change my life forever, so I have no dog in this fight. As a fellow artist, though, I would hate to see you give up this creative outlet that is so fulfilling to you.

    I have a friend who, having dished out advice, always ends with, “Take my advice, and do as you damn well please.”

    Best of luck with your decision. I hope that whatever choice you make serves you well.

    Tara Kalima

    • Rosemary Says:

      Thanks, all for your affirming comments. I am out of town for a few more days, but I will figure out my next steps soon.

  14. Diana Studer Says:

    Is there a ‘WordPress forum’ where you could ask for advice?

    Mine is a Blogger / blogspot and image storage is unlimited – my images are 600 pixels – (but I need to work on how I process pictures).

    I have used 5% of my storage space, and I have 10 images in each post.

    I hope you can and will find a solution – so you can both keep on blogging, and keep all your older posts (WITH images intact)

  15. Adrienne Says:

    Yes, please do keep us informed.

  16. Jean Boehmke Says:

    I hope you do continue with a new blog. I look forward to seeing your blog posts every day as it’s a great way to stay connected because I’m awful at staying in touch with family – I always think of emailing when I’m not at a computer or safe to email – like when I’m driving, and then forget or get busy once I’m near a computer again. Whatever you decide, do what you feel is best for you. We will all understand whatever that decision may be 🙂


  17. I only discovered your blog less than two years ago thanks to Bonnie O. and as I’ve said before, you are an inspiration to me and like many others, I’ve shared your work with many friends. I’ve tried your recipes and your projects, too. I am always amazed at how you manage to fit so much into your life — reading, painting, photography, cooking, travelling, blogging …. and working, too.

    I agree with Tara above that your blog is worth the investment it would take to keep it going as is. I recently read about how Maria Popova makes her BrainPickings site profitable via Amazon Affiliates…. perhaps you could link all the books you recommend and make enough to pay your WordPress fees.

  18. Katie Says:

    Good luck figuring out what to do next. Keep us posted! .

  19. Elisa Says:

    I believe you can just do another wordpress blog. to continue what you do here and gain more image access 🙂


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