First off, apologies to those of you who have already seen this, and the posts that are going to follow. I ended up deleting all of today’s posts, since they aren’t functional on the WordPress App.
For those of you who didn’t see the posts I deleted:
I’ve tried to make magic work on a budget here, but it’s sadly not possible to make it work all the way. I’m not cool with punishing people who primarily use wordpress through the wordpress mobile app, seeing as I happen to be one of them. It’s all fine and good for things to work on a desktop, but we’re not really living in a desktop world anymore. A lot of bloggers are reading predominantly on mobile devices, so I make it a point to do everything with that in mind: I choose themes that are easy to read on mobile, I format posts in as mobile-friendly a fashion as I can (which is one of the reasons you will almost never see a GIF out of me. You know, that and GIFs annoy me, since they’re the visual equivalent of listening to only the chorus of a song 50 times in 5 seconds.)
I know I don’t click links much via the mobile app (unless I’m on wi-fi) because of the data and time it consumes, so I certainly don’t expect it of anyone else to.
So, I tried working with a third party image host. I tried imgur. I even tried direct links with instagram. And, I run into the same issue with all of them: they work fine on the desktop site and on the mobile site, but all you get on the wordpress app is “view image on…” at best. At worst, you get a gray box with nothing in it.
That leaves me with a hard decision to make. I’m still not willing to crack for the premium plan because, while I’m sure it makes perfect sense for some people, it makes no kind of sense for a blog as small as mine, just for the sake of getting extra storage space. I’ve sucked up almost 2GB of data since April. It would not be a long term solution anyway. I’d run into the same problem I’m having now in a few more years.
So, where does that leave us? It means, frankly, that I am grudgingly going to have to start deleting old images. I will be leaving any music-related images in place as long as I can, but photo posts? A lot of the older ones are going to have to lose their photos so I have room with which to move forward.
I wanted to avoid deleting content, but after considering my options, it’s not actually such a bad thing. All of those photos (or, at least ones nearly identical) are on my instagram if you want to view them again.
So, for those of you who have been noticing my posts getting posted and deleted the past day or so – sorry about that. I’ve been working through an issue. I was trying to find a way to do it that kept all of my old content completely in tact, but it’s just not feasible.
Now, to avoid overloading my gallery at the rate I’ve done since spring, here’s how I’m going to be tackling wordpress from this point forward:
1. I will be sharing photos from my phone unless the camera version is significantly better. The lower resolution won’t make much difference for web-viewing, and will take up less space.
2. I will be sharing less photos directly to wordpress. I’m going to take a ‘best of’ approach here. If I end up with 20 good photos, I’ll share 3 or 4 here. The rest will be on instagram, where you can go see them if you want to, and I’ll provide a link to my instagram at the bottom to make that easy for you if you are so inclined. If you don’t, you’ll still be getting the best of the bunch. This should also slow down how quickly I have to delete old photos to make room.
3. I will delete the oldest photos first to make room. So a post that’s say, a year or two old will lose its photos before one that’s three months old. After a while of this I’ll be able to say, on average, how long photos stay up, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep the past year, at least, if I’m lucky.
What this means for you is that there are some Pros and Cons:
1. Faster load times on photo posts.
2. I will be uploading in a more timely fashion thanks to doing it from my phone.
1. Less Pictures per post (without going to an external site).
2. Lower resolution (not many of you are likely to notice).
3. Won’t be able to go back to the archives to view images (but, you will be able to find them on my instagram).
Since all the cons have an addendum, I think it will balance out alright.
So, in order to give myself something functional to start from, I’ve deleted most of the photos from each post, leaving only a few in place, between April and August. For now, I’ve left September on forward in tact. That buys me a little space to play with for now.
Those of you who saw my earlier posts with the instagram links – sorry, they’ve been deleted and you’ll have to deal with them being re-uploaded via the new method. Hopefully this is the end of it and it will all go smoothly from here, though I am thinking I should maybe consider another theme update to make the instagram tab more visible, since those of you who want to see ALL the pictures may find it useful to have it in a more obvious place than the sidebar menu.