We have been with WordPress for years now and always been happy with the facilities, once I had mastered them, of course!
Early last year, I had to upgrade our account in order to gain more media space. At the time, this seemed reasonable.
Imagine my surprise when it happened again yesterday. For a few minutes, I couldn’t believe we had run out of space again. Something had to be wrong.
I duly checked, only to discover it was true. If we wanted to use any more images, we would have to pay up.
When we first started blogging, I understood that this particular WordPress was free, but it wasn’t long before the costs crept in. First, it was the domain, then the first upgrade. We were still happy at that stage, for £30 a year isn’t much for a decent website.
This latest upgrade has shunted us up to nearly £70 a year, although to be fair it looks as though we are getting more for our money this time. I did wonder what it would lead to and why we seemed to have so many stored images, many of which were ones I hadn’t used?
It took me a while to understand why all these images were among our own, and that we were, in fact, paying for the privilege of having them on our site, by way of reblogging.
Now, we do a lot of reblogging. Sharing is something we have always done, right from the start. If I read something interesting or informative, I love to share it and spread the word. This is how the good stuff finds more people and can actually make the world a better place.
So, is it a good idea to reblog so much?
Will it be good enough to simply like and use the share buttons?
I have recently been reading about how you can reduce your image footprint by altering the size of your images, thereby not using so much of your valuable storage space. But what about other people’s images? We can hardly alter any of those.
If we do have to cut down on the reblogging, we will not stop sharing. But we would be interested to hear any feedback on this…