Maximise your Blogger Picture Storage16:21
It seems to me just lately almost all of my favourite bloggers are having issues with storage space of blog photos, yes?
So I thought I'd look into it and see what's going on. Here's the lowdown. Just recently Blogger/Google+/Picasa changed their rules (Missy told me this, I didn't check, I believe her) meaning we all now only have 1GB of storage space for our photos on Picasa. (When you upload a photo to your blogger blog it gets stored on picasa). So you may run out of space.
This is what Picasa say about photos:
PicasaWeb Albums offers 1 GB of free storage for photos and videos. However, files under certain size limits don't count towards this free storage limit. This applies to uploads for other Google products that store photos and videos in PicasaWeb Albums, including Blogger and Google Maps.
The free storage sizes are good for sharing photos on the web, but if you prefer to upload your images in a larger size for better quality (archival or print), you can buy more storage at any time. Learn more
If you've signed up for Google+
Free storage limits
Photos up to 2048x2048 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards your free storage.
All photos uploaded in Google+ will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge) and won't count towards your free storage quota.
All photos uploaded to PicasaWeb Albums over the free size limit will count towards your 1 GB of free storage. When you reach your storage limit, any new photos that you upload to PicasaWeb which are larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 2048 pixels (on their longest edge).
If you haven't signed up for Google+
Free storage limits
Photos up to 800x800 pixels and videos up to 15 minutes won't count towards your free storage.
All photos uploaded which are over the free size limit will count towards your 1 GB of free storage. When you reach your storage limit, any new photos that you upload to PicasaWeb which are larger than the free size limit will be automatically resized to 800 pixels (on their longest edge).
Note: If you reach your storage limit when uploading to PicasaWeb from the Picasa desktop software, you'll only be able to upload at free storage sizes. If you use Sync to Web, new photos that exceed the size limit will be automatically resized to your free storage limit.
Ok, straight from the horses mouth, if you resize your photo to less than 800 x 800 it won't count towards your limit. To do this, upload your photo into PicMonkey like so and then click 'resize' and choose 800 on your longest edge. Make sure the 'keep proportions' box is ticked and it will resize the photo accordingly.
Save that somewhere you can find it again on your computer then when you come to upload your picture it won't count towards your limit. You can of course edit the picture to look nicer using picmonkey's other tools too but for the purposes of this I didn't.
Also, the million adverts about money showing on my screenshots are because I spent the day trying to track down Dus' student loan info! Boy, anyone would think they don't want to be paid back!
The other option (and I haven't extensively tested this one yet) is to set up a new gmail account then add that email address to your blog as an author. This should in theory double your storage space as you are effectively having two storage spaces.
To add another author to your blog, log into blogger and go to settings.
About halfway down the page is the heading 'Permissions' and there is listed all of the email addresses who are allowed to post to your blog. It should only have you and your email address. Click the +Add authors and in the white box that pops up type in your new gmail address. Click the orange 'invite authors' button. An email will go to that new gmail address with a verification link. You'll need to click the link to finish the process.
As I said, I've not verified whether the storage space is doubled, it's a currently unverified 'tip' at the moment but I've tried it and haven't had the warning come up again yet.
In writing this post I made sure to resize all my pics to 800 and they load up super fast. The photo is still ok quality but you can use the pics in this post to decide whether that's the route you wish to take.