Friday, June 1, 2012

The new face of Blogger

The New Face of Blogger
Well things are finally getting back to normal at our house. The painting and gardening is done and most of our commitments are over for a while. I had so much I wanted to share with you that I thought it would be a good time to get back to blogging again. However, as I started to upload pictures I received a notification from google that I had exceeded my limit of free space due to my photos and Gmail account. I was quite surprised, because as most of you know I haven't been blogging much this year, and I rarely use my Gmail account.
In the past I was notified once before that I had reached my quota of photos and was able to purchase more space at a cost of five dollars per YEAR.
Now to continue blogging and maintain my Gmail services, the new Google plan requires a charge of 2.49 dollars per MONTH for basic services or 4.99 per MONTH for additional services that would enable me to post pictures and have a greater space available to add links and etc.
For me there are many things to consider. This additional fee seems like a minimal amount but where does it all end? I have read that cable companies will soon begin to charge more depending on how often you use the Internet and what services you use on a regular basis. These companies already charge exorbitant fees just to connect to the Internet. I have also read that google will begin charging soon for things like map quest and Google search. Face book may even begin charging consumers soon. It sounds like in the future the consumer may be nickle and dimed to death. Apple already charges for some of it's apps and I read that there was a problem in the past with them over charging for e-books.
At this point I'm not willing to pay extra for these services. I come from a generation where the Internet was not heard of and I can very easily slip back to the days of no cable TV or Internet services at all if I want or have to do it. With the younger generation I know this will be much more difficult to do.
I also wanted you to know I have had trouble posting on some of your blogs. I continue to read them faithfully. I will continue to share that link with all of you until Google no longer allows it. I know some of you have my e mail address. I would love to continue hearing from you.
I think in light of all of these currant circumstances I have truly come to the end of my blog and I wanted you to know what happened to me and why I haven't been posting. All of you have enriched my life beyond measure! In my prayers I think of all of you.
As I take pictures, set a holiday table, hug my dog, try a new recipe, or travel out and about I think of all of you.
Please know that all of you will forever be embedded in my heart and soul ♥
God bless each and every one of you ♥
With warmest regards,


Eileen said...

Oh, Carol, I will miss you! But I SO understand. I got that message about exceeding pictures once too, but Ray was able to delete some albums that we didn't need anymore, so that gave me a little more time.
But, like you, I think that will be the end of blogging for me if/when it happens again. The point of my blog was to be a sort of picture journal of my life with my family, especially the grandkids.
And, lately, I've noticed when I'm away from blogging, it is almost hard to get back to it anyway, so I think I'll be alright, although I do miss everyone, and I miss seeing what is going on in their lives.

And, like you, I can't believe how many times I think of my blog friends throughout the day. While on a recent trip to Manhattan with a friend of mine we went to a sort of 'vintage sale/show' and I thought about you while looking at all the vintage clothes and wedding gowns. And I thought of another blogger who collects tins when I spotted them. I will always think of my blog friends fondly, hold them in my heart, and keep them in my prayers.

Thank you for enriching my life, Carol.
All the best to you.
Love and Prayers,

Madeline's Album said...

I am so going to miss you Carol. You and Charli have really been truly great blogging friends. Have a blessed day and take care. Madeline

SissySees said...

Oh no. But at least your post is timely; I was literally doing the groundwork to switch BACK to blogger with a new blog "address" when I saw this post.

Hrmph. Maybe I'll stick with Wordpress after all, even though it does make it hard for people to comment sometimes.

We'll miss you and Charli.

Sue said...

I post a lot of pictures on my blog and ran out of room years ago. I'm able to buy more space each year and that has worked out well for me. If things change again, I'll reassess.

I'll miss reading your blog, but my email is
You're welcome to use it anytime and keep in touch.
Sue and the Pack

Paula said...

Sadly I will miss you too Carol. So far I have not exceeded anything and haven't received any message but like you I will just delete my blog and go back to journaling like I did in the old days. Pen and paper.

Vee said...

Accckkkk! There is another way around this connundrum. Start a new blog. Yup. That's it.

I agree with you, I will not be nickled and dimed to death and if there is going to be an increase in fees for using the Internet, I'll not be using it either.

Another thing to remember: Resize all photos before uploading them. This vastly reduces the amount of space needed. I've been blogging since 2007 and have not even used a third of the allotted space. Just something to consider.

Would you mind telling me if you've had trouble commenting at my blog? I'd really like to know. (I've had so much trouble commenting on the BlogHer blogs this morning.)

Knitty said...

I will miss you, but I sure understand your frustration. I realize that with free services (Blogger, Facebook, Photobucket) we only have so much room for complaint. I can understand bandwidth being costly, but some of the changes elude me...why are they necessary.

For instance, the word verification that Blogger now uses. I couldn't reply to this over the weekend from my iPad. The photo part of the verification wasn't clearly visible on my iPad. Sometimes the font is so hard to read even on my PC, I give up trying to leave a comment.

I will continue to check here from time to time, just in case you change your mind. If you do start a new blog, I hope you will let some of us know. No pressure with that suggestion, right? ;-)

Knitty said...

I have some info that might help regarding blogging issues and also an answer about carpet cleaning. Rather than post a long post here or on my blog, would you mind sharing your email address?

You can find my email on my profile.


JG said...

I always enjoy stopping in for a visit and will miss it! Can you resize photos before adding them?

Anonymous said...

Can't you find a way around it!!! Please try to stay on. I understand about the money, but if theres a will theres a way!!! I like your blog!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is Karyl in Illiois incase you wondered! I was so upset I forgot to sign!

Judi said...

Hi Carol
I understand what you are saying....there are increases everywhere....
If you decide you will stay away alllll the very very best to you.
Keep well...

Barb's Tea Shop said...

I will keep checking back in case you decide to continue. I really enjoy your blog and all the pictures. You have well-rounded blog that has something interesting to say on a variety of things and events. And, I always appreciate you stopping by my blog to visit. Thanks!! Barb

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol
Thank you so much for visiting Bebe on her safari and your very kind words... I was so happy to see you there.
I don't have your email, if you would like to leave it for me I will keep it private, not publish your comment.
Would love to keep in contact with you.
p.s. Give charli a big hug!

SmilingSally said...

Carol, you were one of my first blogging friends. I have dropped to only one post a week.

I never heard of charging for pictures! I don't pay a penny.

I'll miss you, my friend.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Carol, I will miss visiting your blog! But you know, there comes a time in our life when we have to put things into perspective. I seem to get more done when not sitting at the computer. Life is precious and each moment valuable. The internet has positives -like meeting people who we would never otherwise have the chance to meet. But then the fees are a big downside. I do understand.

Much love to you and Charlie!!


Susie Q said...

I will miss you sweet lady...I don;t blog as much as I once did but I never stop thinking about my blog friends. Little things throughout the day will bring someone to mind...
My love to you and Charli and big hugs , prayers and smiles go with you.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Carol, I just want to let you know that I think about you and Charli so often. You were such a special part of my blogging world for so long, and I do miss you and your adorable little partner. Hope you are well. Your blog blessed my life in many ways and I want to say thank you so much!

Happy New Year!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Carol,
You and Charlie have been in my thoughts.. I wanted to wish you a happy new year.. I hope your christmas was joyful.

I would love to keep in touch but have lost your email, so I will leave me note here..

I hope all is well.. I have missed you both.
Love and blessings,

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hi Carol,
I miss you and Charli.. I though I had your email, but do not..
I don't know if you check your blog here but you have been in my thoughts, so I wanted to stop in and say hello.

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