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Blogging Can Be Frustrating (Oct. 20,3006)

Some time back, I shared a site called Singingfish.com.  I thought it was so cool that you can type in a band or a song, get the properties and share that music on your blog. 

I love to showcase artists and I’m sincerely trying to give them free publicity.  If I’ve put up an image, I’ve always given a name and links to their website so you can visit them.  I do hope that someday, when my books are out that people will spread the word for me as well.

But again, I learned a lesson the hard way.  When you direct link (actually put a working link on your blog), it’s stealing.  Stealing bandwidth.  I had no idea– and feel pretty dumb for not realizing. (I seem to be sharing a lot of things I don’t know on this blog– <g> ) 

In WordPress, you can put a picture on your blog by direct linking or you can load it onto your server.  Believe me– load it.  There’s a reason they give you a certain amount of space for images.

Am I the only yahoo who didn’t realize this?  Maybe since I use free services, it never occured to me.  I have bought my domains but haven’t built websites yet, so I have no direct experience.  I always loaded on blogger, but have had trouble here, so I direct linked a couple of images.  Oops.  Do me a favor, if you’re ever exploring the Write Snark and find one of my booboos, shoot me an email at RElliott4@aol.com and I’ll repair right away.  I am going back through and deleting a lot of stuff– but I could miss something.

If you want to read about bandwidth stealing, go here.    http://www.tipz.net/Bandwidth.htm 

I’m still learning the ins and outs of blogging it seems.  But I’m getting frustrated with it.  I just love to use images to make the blog more interesting.  For my scene from a pic, I usually get the images from “free to use” sites.  Trust me, stick to those.  Think I’ll also stick with just telling you about good music I find (sending you to their websites) and writing about the writing life.  Can’t steal from myself, eh? <g>

And speaking of frustrating… the look of this blog may change again.  Each “skin” has specific details.  It seems one of this one’s details is a lack of date on the posts.  I’m trying to remedy the situation, but think it’s  a template option.  Grr…  I promise, once I find the right one with decent fonts, dates and colors I can stand, I stay put.  Have patience with me. <smooch!>

11 Comments

  1. October 20, 2006    

    I fyou need any geek help, give me a yell. I have been geeking websites for quite a while.

  2. October 20, 2006    

    It’s important to find a template you like and feel comfortable with. Sending you good vibes on that front 🙂

  3. October 20, 2006    

    You have a date at the bottom of your post to the left. I have a date at the top of mine, but not one at the bottom. I never pay much attention to the dates. I can remember if I’ve read the post or not by the title.

    I actually like your template. But I hope you find one that makes you happy. 🙂

  4. Jen Jen
    October 20, 2006    

    There’s a date, but it says we’re 1,000 years later than reality. lol.

  5. October 20, 2006    

    I had no idea about the bandwidth stealing. I’m still not sure what you mean, so I’ll have to read that thing you posted. 😉

  6. October 20, 2006    

    I like this one, too. So, if you guys can see a date I’ll leave it. Kind of sick of messing with it anyway. I have better stuff (writing, writing,writing!) to do with my time.

    Rachel, the lady who asked me to stop stealing her bandwidth was really nice about it. Especially when she realized I didn’t know that’s what I was doing.

    I need to know more about it myself. Seems to me that independent bands would be cool with the publicity, but not if they have to pay extra for the bandwidth. Singingfish says nothing about this.

    William, I used to be a geek myself. Set up computer networks for my father’s company, etc… Technology moves too fast for me to keep up with these days. And I have a WIP about a computer hacker I really, really want to rewrite with new technology… hmmm, could you possibly be a source for that?

  7. October 21, 2006    

    You can use any photograph on flickr as well. You just have to give the photographer a heads up and link back to the photo page. There’s some really interesting photographers one there, and they’re mostly amateurs who would love some extra click-throughs.

  8. October 21, 2006    

    In other words, flickr doesn’t care if you steal their bandwidth, just as long as you link back to their site. [www.flickr.com]

  9. October 21, 2006    

    There are sites like flickr– ones that want the traffic. Thanks goodness, eh? I may start using flickr photographers for the Scene from a Pic. 🙂

  10. October 26, 2006    

    I’m interested in the switch to word-press. Seems everyone around me is doing it.

  11. October 26, 2006    

    Jill, Blogger is offering a Beta version to people on blogger who want to categorize their posts. I think it’s only a select few and I’m not one of them yet.

    I mainly switched to WordPress because it gave me an option of pages– like on a website. They’re easy to update, too. I also like that some templates allow me to put up those 150 by 200 banners to the right for friends books. I had one up for Gena for a couple of months. 🙂

    Working with the layouts is a bit more difficult though and I did lose a lot of commentors when I left. But, I also gained new ones.

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