Thursday, May 17

Sorry For All Of The Missing Photos

Time Has Not Been Good To My Blogger Blog

For me, pictures are worth a thousand words and today it's meaning has never been clearer when I see the blank place-keepers where my hard work used to be.

Through the years a few things happened that made my old Blogger blogs a nightmare to behold:
  • changing code
  • discontinued software
  • changing platforms
  • accidental deletion for space
  • greed
Photobucket, although the worst offender, is not the only one. Windows Live Writer and Live Spaces started it all. When Live Spaces was shut down I moved my blog to Blogger. I had already been using Windows Live Writer to write my posts it was an awesome word processor which I felt was ahead of its time.

I used Windows Live Writer for everything it was versatile, by Microsoft, and could be used for Blogger blogs. I connected it to Bekkie In Wonderland which allowed me to write my posts in an environment that looked like a preview of BIW so before publishing a post I knew how it would look.

Any Blogger blog could be connected in the same way and Windows Live Writer was everything Blogger's word processor should have been. (Making a note here that Blogger's word processor is still the same to this day with no improvements!) I used Windows Live Writer for all of my Blogger sites.

Even with Live Spaces discontinued Windows Live Writer was around for decades! As a word processor, it was one of the first to give you coding control using (the then new,) HTML code. It gave you total control over the size of images letting you drag whatever size you wished. That and other little things made it a great word processor.

As time went on it started to become obsolete as I started to see grumblings from Microsoft about pulling support. One day it didn't look like my website anymore when I wrote new posts and a year or so later it was pulled. Actually, it quit working (I was that hard-core.)

In the meantime, I found a site called Photobucket and not only could I store unlimited images for free I could do so like an image library. I could store animated GIF files (then new) and get the codes to post them anywhere including my blogs.

I tried to look at my account to see how long I've had it but can't find anything. It's a very old account maybe started in the 80's? The amount of ads around and on top of my images is bad and it takes forever to load. It wasn't always like this but as the years went on the ads grew.

I used to pay for Photobucket yearly. I did this for 2 years (I don't remember how much) it was a long time ago. I stopped paying and more years went by. My account was very buggy to use taking up precious time but it was easy and I used it for all of my sites.

Losing Windows Live Writer was bad because the HTML was a little different so switching to Blogger's processor gave me problems. Some of the posts were a different font, spaced wrong, etc. and it just made them look bad. I had to do a lot of work and delete a lot of work just to keep my content. It was terrible and time-consuming redoing old posts.

Just a year or so ago, I noticed the majority of the images on my websites were pulled along with a message from Photobucket telling me they were now charging for hosting. It was then I realized how much I had relied on Photobucket, a free service, and it was devastating. Nothing was for free anymore.

No way was I paying them again and now I could write my own code. I had to rework so many of my websites I gave up, deleting 3 of my older Blogger sites.

My WordPress blogs weren't as bad because I was already writing my own code on them. They use an easier HTML code than Blogger does meaning transferring one post in HTML from Blogger to WordPress doesn't work smoothly. So what else is new? Lol!

After deciding to keep Bekkie In Wonderland (my oldest blog) and already doing all the work to keep the posts I did keep I ran out of space on my Google Drive. I knew I wasn't going to get away without paying this time it was just a matter of who to pay.

It took me forever to go through my Google Drive and delete Gigs of images. I was very careful but not careful enough because some of the storage wasn't old files like I thought. When I saw BIW was missing most of its images AGAIN my heart sank. I still have the images elsewhere but didn't remember those particular pictures were linked to BIW.

I couldn't delete enough images on my Google Drive so I had to pay for a year of storage and still lost all of that work on BIW, some of it (image replacement) had been done once already.

Exhausted I'm done for now. My posts are fine without the pictures although I'm very unhappy about it this time. I'm not sure what to do. Some posts are ok but BIW is pretty much wiped out. All of the contributing factors have helped but I made the final boo-boo that brought me to this point.

Sorry for the missing photos. If you blog, I know some of you had Photobucket and maybe Windows Live accounts (in the past) too. I feel for you! What have you done about your missing images?

There's no need to pay for hosting images in this day and age! You can do it on your blogs word processor. Just make what you want (using images, words, and links) under Compose, when finished, use the HTML button, copy and paste it into an HTML box from your website.

My newer posts are ok so please read around the missing images until I can get to them. New posts will be more important. Life outside of my websites hasn't been much easier recently everything is getting too expensive in my state of California.

 Keep On Bloggin'!



Happiness is emotional
simple in its beginnings
endorphins fill my brain
muscles relax
others tense
pulling at the corners of my mouth
sounds escape my lips
as childish giggles.

Happiness is addictive
good times amplified
one beaming smile
spreading across many faces
we feel giddy
makes us fall in love
it makes the world go round
it’s better when shared.

Happiness is temporary
we’d like it to last forever
still, it leaves us
without warning
but when we least expect it
someone smiles
and it reminds us
that it’s just around the corner.

© Rebecca Sanchez 2018

Happiness never lasts but that doesn’t mean we’ll never be happy again. We never know what will make us smile. Open up and be receptive to happiness in any form. How are you doing? Have a great day!

Want to read more of my poetry? Capricious Poet.

Wednesday, January 31

Super Duper Blue

Super Duper Blue

The moon plays tricks
with a lunar eclipse
eyes to the skies
the full moon comes soon
twice this month is nice
number two is blue
tipping and slipping
under the earth’s umbra
invitingly in syzygy
this blood moon makes us swoon.

© Rebecca Sanchez 2018

Yes, I did rhyme syzygy, look it up. Lol!

A Blue Moon is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month; lunar eclipses occur when the moon passes into Earth’s shadow; and supermoons happen when the moon’s perigee — its closest approach to Earth in a single orbit — coincides with a full moon. In this case, the supermoon also happens to be the day of the lunar eclipse.

The second full moon and the lunar eclipse will occur on the night of Jan. 30 or the morning of the 31st. And the supermoon will take place on the night of Jan. 30, which is technically one day before the moon reaches peak fullness, but even NASA is willing to call the event a supermoon nonetheless.

I watched it last night on my patio it was awesome! My picture isn’t great, but it’s the only camera I had (cell phone.) This was when the moon was fully eclipsed and was orange.

This is what it looked like (although this isn't from this year.)

I don't know if you saw it but it was totally worth getting up at 4:30am to see. At the time I had no idea I'd be able to watch it from my patio. Once I figured that out, I got in a chair with a blanket and had a great view. A one of a kind viewing last seen in the 1800's.

I'd love to hear if you saw it or not so leave me some comments. If you want to write a poem of your own in the comments please do.

Have a good hump! Take care!

Wednesday, January 3

Happy 2018

A Very Good Year

The month of December has come to a close
the weather has brought a new blanket of snow
Christmas has faded from Rudolph’s red nose
looks like it’s time for the new year.

To the party we go with our friends in tow
faces aglow and dressed in our best
jollification where ever we go
looks like it’s time for the new year.

Champagne is flowing as midnight draws near
resolutions are made as we watch the ball drop
we raise up our glasses to toast to good cheer
that this New Year, be a very good year!

© Rebecca Sanchez 2011

I've posted this poem before but it begged to be repeated. I am happy for the chance for another year. 2017 was unreal! So many famous people died that I cared about and grew up with.
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Chester Bennington
  • Tom Petty
  • Jim Nabors
  • David Cassidy
  • Fats Domino
  • Della Rese
  • Martin Landau
and many more. Getting older is like this, more and more people dropping off while you inch near the edge....

Happy New Year! Hahahahahaha! (I posted this late because I forgot even though our blogs have a scheduler.)

Walking Through Doors

The doorway arrived in the nick of time
at the stroke of midnight before the first fireworks
wide open, brightly illuminated and full of promise
on the brink, I took my departure.

New doors open to us throughout life
some require keys before opening
some demand a pound or two of flesh
a lesson learned, an entrance earned.

Sometimes we balk at the opening
without realizing we’re on a new threshold
like not recognizing the dawn of a new day
letting that door slam shut in our faces.

Cooling our heals in the vestibule
aware and anxious to make our emergence
an unmarked exit opens to the unknown
that first step can be a real bitch!

© Rebecca Sanchez 2018

Wrote this today it's about doorways with New Years hinted in it. Have a nice week, it begins!