Is This The End?


Ever since the terrible decision to end the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge I have found my interest in blogging slowly but surely starting to wane. To the point that I’m not blogging at all.

I have been considering what to do about Say It with A Camera and have come up with several options

  1.  just leave it dormant and never post again
  2.  delete it completely for reasons you will see if you read below
  3. try to resurrect my interest in blogging to showcase my photographs, using the WordPress media server, but start with a new blog completely, for the same reasons as 2 above

In a way I think the decision has been made for me with the recent announcement from Flickr that they are ending the free 1Tb of storage space and limiting non-pro accounts to 1000 photographs. In January or February they will start to delete photographs from Flickr starting with the oldest first until the 1000 limit is reached. That’s a disaster for this blog as nearly all of my photographs are hosted on Flickr. When the deletion starts there will be so many broken links here because the older posts will have no photographs in them, just the words. Not ideal for a photography blog.

I did consider downloading all of my photographs from Flickr and then editing each individual post to make use of the WordPress Media server. However the amount of work involved in reducing the file size down from the hi-res photo’s I post to Flickr would take me such a long a time, time that I can’t really devote to such a task.

To give you an idea, I have 2698 photographs stored on Flickr, probably about two-thirds of these are used in this blog. I have 916 published posts. I would have to take each post in turn, click on the individual photographs to see what I had named them, find the corresponding photographs that I downloaded from Flickr, reduce the Flickr photo file size and then load them up to the media server for use. I almost forgot. I’d also have to delete the Flickr link as well. So a really mammoth task.

I am faced with a difficult decision and not sure how to proceed at this point. What ever happens in the coming weeks I will have to do something, I’m just not looking forward to it.

I’d appreciate any thoughts you may have on this.

In the meantime this could be the final photograph, so I hope you enjoy it

Gwydir Forest Waterfall

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51 thoughts on “Is This The End?

  1. Hi Mike, I’m not sure how far back your posts go, but could you not wait until the oldest photos are removed from Flickr, then delete the posts which relate to them? Obviously it would be a shame to lose them, but would save an awful lot of work re-doing them all. Then henceforth use the WordPress server for all your new pictures and posts? I don’t know how many posts you would lose this way, but it seems the ‘simplest’ (or least effort) option to me. As for motivation, I think it’s just a case of getting out there and taking some (more) amazing photos and then sharing them. I’m sure all your followers will appreciate it. Whatever you decide, don’t forget to let us all know… (especially if you start a new blog). All the best, Mike

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  2. The Flickr thing is impacting nearly everyone I follow on Flickr. I hope you don’t quit entirely as I enjoy seeing your photos and reading your commentary. I hope that you get other good suggestions, like the one from Mike.

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    1. I have been considering doing more one photograph blog posts live from my iphone using the WordPress app, similar to the ones I did on my Japan trip. But the iphone sends such large file sizes to the WordPress Media server. I need to see if I can reduce that somehow to make it a viable option

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      1. I know exactly what you mean. What we need is an app which shrinks and watermarks photos at the click of a button. I’m sure there must be one out there, somewhere… So if you find one, or anyone knows of one, please let us know.

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    1. (continued from above – hit the reply button accidentally)….. WP Posts meant that they would disappear from my Posts and I worried about it for weeks as I couldn’t find time to replace them. No one seemed to notice and to date there are still about 5 that need photographs replacing. So, forget what’s gone and concentrate on taking some new ones and keep your readers happy!

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    2. Sorry, I accidentally hit the reply button before I’d finished my comment. To continue ….. WP would delete them from my Posts as well and I worried myself silly about it for a long time as I couldn’t find time to source the pix again. Then I realized that no one seemed to notice, and to date there are still 4 or 5 posts in which I need to replace images. So I would say, just move on, forget the past photographs and concentrate on taking some new ones to upload and keep your readers happy. I shall continue to look forward to brilliant work from you.

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  3. That sounds so depressing to lose all those photos you’ve taken time in uploading to Flickr and creating links to here. What a headache, and very time consuming too! 🙄

    I’m glad I came across your post because I’m also on Flickr, but haven’t posted there for a few months… I’ve been spending time taking images specifically for my Pexels account instead. I had no idea of the changes on Flickr. Did they send emails informing everyone? I’ve never received any information about changes on Flickr. Maybe it’s because I haven’t gone into very high numbers of images yet. But it seems unprofessional not to warn other Flickr members… very strange.

    I like Flickr, but they have a tendency to really annoy their members one way or another. A few years ago they announced their intention of selling images posted on Flickr, with no payment to the photographer either… thousands closed their accounts in disgust and horror. I’m wondering now, if they made up that outrageous suggestion just to get a whole load of members to leave and free up more upload space.

    I hope you manage to sort out your problems without too much time spent on it. We could all do with more time for real life, and less time sitting in front of a screen sorting out lengthy problems of one kind or another!

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    1. “I hope you manage to sort out your problems without too much time spent on it. We could all do with more time for real life, and less time sitting in front of a screen sorting out lengthy problems of one kind or another!”

      My sentiments exactly Suzy. I’d rather be out taking photographs than messing around with my computer all day

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  4. Don’t capitulate, a blog is valuable as the time is that you invested. Like someone else mentioned here. Learn your lessons out of it…. use the internal system of WordPress to upload pictures. And if you do, don’t make the same mistake as many other bloggers… resize your images to something like 1200x width (file size of 50-300kb per image) and you will never fill the webspace of your wordpress blog. Otherwise you will become a customer of Automattic and constantly pay for more webspace. Something around 1200x width is way enough for a blog, and it keeps your site fast. I do it the same way and I just used 3% of the wordpress webspace within 8 years! My readers never complained about image size. Also, always have backups on your harddrive, just in case. You know, corporations have mood swings and it’s always better to plan for the worst. Because at the end, they offer things for free to make you pay later on. Backup, backup and backup 🙂

    I’d probably swap all images out if it’s about a few hundred posts, that’s work but managable within a few weeks if you work on it every day for an hour. If it’s more than a few thousand, I’d just delete all the posts with Flickr photos, it would just be a never ending job to swap out the photos, I agree. It’s probably a personal decision… I myself could take the work of swapping out like maybe 300 images in posts… in fact I did that because I had a very similar situation back then but with Photobucket if I remember right. But I do understand if someone doesn’t want the work. It’s indeed annoying.

    No matter what, just don’t delete your site.. I am fairly sure you might regret that unless you are really completely done with this hobby, and I assume your’re not.

    Whatever you decide, good luck brother!

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    1. I like the idea of swapping out the images, Dennis. Does seem time consuming though because it wouldn’t be a straight swap as I’d need to downsize them. But if I remember rightly Faststone have a batch converter to do that. I’ve already saved my images from Flickr. Doesn’t matter anyway as I also have them stored on backup discs. So maybe some work over the holiday period for me

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      1. Alternatively you could use the free tool called IrfanView. I wrote a guide once how you can use it to edit images in bulk if you don’t mind me sharing it with you: https://diaryofdennis.com/2012/07/11/tutorial-converting-batch-rename-and-batch-resize-your-photos-with-irfanview/

        I use both Photoshop and Lightroom but at times I use IrfanView because especially the batch-functions are pretty handy. And it’s not overloaded and loads very fast, as same as the batch process is pretty fast. You just need to get a bit used to the configuration page of the bulk editing feature.

        One idea I had was that you could disable all your Flickr posts for a while. This would be incredibly easy if you have them tagged as “Flickr photos” or anything. I hope you’ve done that, because then you could but them all back to the WP draft section. Then you have enough time to approve them one by one if you swapped some images. Meanwhile you can continue to publish more recent photos on your blog. I think this way would give you enough time to correct the issue with the old photos.

        In case some individual posts got a lot of backlinks, you could work on the first so that you dont get any SEO issues with Google.

        I hope you find an acceptable way for you 🙂 Stay motivated!

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        1. Well I’ve pushed the problem to WP and they came back with a reply which is basically “download from Flickr, post to the media server and insert into the blog” So I threw it back to them and asked what would happen if I did nothing and my blog was littered with hundreds of broken links. I also suggested that I may not be alone with this problem

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  5. On a sidenote… I miss the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge as you do. It was a fun way to connect with other photographers. And in general, to connect with other bloggers across WordPress. No sane person would have stopped this great idea but Automattic lost their marbles since quite some time anyway.

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  6. I have to admit that this really strikes a chord with me. I’ve more or less stopped posting on what was my main blog. My other blogs are just record keeping. I’m still trying to make up my mind what to do.

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    1. I’d sort of lost interest, kept saying to myself I must post. Although I’m taking photographs I’ve not been putting many on line anywhere, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ all are sort of dormant

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  7. Hi Mike – facing the same issues as you have with your blog. I have 3200 photos mostly connected to blogs. I have a Pro account and apparently they will let you keep your photos if you pay $50 a year so I will probably bite the bullet for the meantime until I see what is going to happen to Flickr. It is hard to tell if it will continue. It is so handy to link the images back through Flickr so I hope it will not be a problem.

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    1. I suppose it’s the principal. I don’t make anything from my photography apart from one photograph I sold for a small fee. I feel that SmugMug are holding us to ransom. Pay us $50 or we’ll delete your photographs, and whose to say it will not increase year by year. Besides which I’d rather spend the money on camera gear.

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    2. I’d sort of lost interest, kept saying to myself I must post. Although I’m taking photographs I’ve not been putting many on line anywhere, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ all are sort of dormant

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  8. Hey Mike, I am always suspicious of stuff that is free, generally there is a catch some where. With that said, is it worth the time and effort to you to weed through all those pics, or to upgrade to a paid storage with Flickr for 1 year. You would gain more storage, the pics that are there already would not have to be touched. By the time renewal rolls around you would have a good feel if that is the hassle free way to go. Who knows, they might even have a Black Friday special on. I don’t use it myself, but it is always useful to hear about others encounters. Personally, it is not worth pulling your hair out over this. Please let us know what direction you take or where you move to next. Keep in touch. Cheers.

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  9. Hi Mike, I am in a similar boat. A few years ago I stopped using Flickr to host images for my WordPress blog and starting uploading them directly. I suspected that one day Flickr would do something like this. It’s taken 7 years for it to happen but I do have way too many posts with embedded Flickr images. My WordPress blog is almost 15 years old with over 4000 posts and I have over 13,000 images on Flickr.

    My plan is to pay the flickr “tax” and update my posts one at a time. This will take a long time. A very long time. But my blog is a record of my interests and thoughts over the last 14 years. I would hate to lose it.

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    1. I’m the same, in some ways, Khurt, I don’t want to lose it but I ask myself is it worth the hassle. I have no intention of paying the tax. I feel we are being held to ransom and as I’ve already said, who’s to say it won’t increase each year.

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  10. Please do not delete this blog and/or your photographs. I have missed you but then I began thinking that your posts must have gone to spam. And then I got busy with life and forgot about it. I was going to go through some of my posts so I could look for a comment from you so I’d have a site to click on. Anyhow, If you do not post, this blog is relevant to many people. I have not posted in a very long time but I still have visitors who read some of my posts. I hope you and your family have been well. And ,I hope you will not give up on your blog.

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    1. We are all fine Yvonne. In fact we have had two additions to the family. A pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who came from the rescue centre. A 5 year old girl, tricolour, called Bonnie and a young whippersnapper called Teddy, a Blenheim who’s 18 months old. They came together as a pair and they’ve been with us about a month now, so they are still settling in.

      I will get around to taking some photographs soon and write a post about them.

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      1. Ah that is the best news possible to know that you have honored Grumpy Dog’s life with two CKCSs. They sure sound like pretty dogs and I am so glad that you got them form a rescue. I am anxious to see their photos. Great names by the way. A long time ago I had a cat, named Teddy and shepherd mix named Bonnie.

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  11. Hi, Mike. not good news at all. I don’t think closing this blog is going to help you at all. Here are my thoughts on the current scenario.

    1. you can delete posts which don’t have media anymore once the Flickr has done.
    2. open each post, save the pictures to WP media folder by right click option and upload it to the post. (hard work too but better than other option as it will save a lot of time)
    3. There are many other photo challenges that I see people participating. I’m not participating though. I’m sure this will rekindle your interest.

    Having a blog does positive things so I suggest you continue it. It also allows you to link up with so many other people. I believe you must have thought of an alternative plan.

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  12. Starting next year, I am co-hosting a Weekly photo challenge with another blogger in response to the demise of the WPC. We all miss it. I lot of blogger folks will be affected by the demise of Flickr.

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  13. What I have ultimately loved best about having a blog is the ability to go back and look at a snapshot of my life. More than the audience, more than my personal growth as a writer, this is what I love best. Your photographs represent a moment in your life. They and your blog are worth saving.

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    1. The photographs have always been saved, I have backup copies on two different drives, so I’ve never been worried about that. I’m more worried that when Flickr start their wholescale deletion of photographs from my Flickr account, then there are going to be a lot of early blog posts with lots of words and no photographs. That’s an awful lot of broken hyper-links, which Google aren’t going to like. I just don’t have the time to go back and insert those photographs from another source.

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  14. Not sure I can offer any advice that hasn’t been shared already. Several times over the last two years I wanted to stop blogging. Just before WPC ended, I had the brainstorm of hosting Sunday Stills. That alone has kept me motivated to continue to grow as a photographer. I never used Flickr and dont intend to sell my images, so I use WP media file with a personal plan, which makes me mindful about uploading smaller images. I store all my images in a premium dropbox account for now. Good luck with your decision. Your photos are stunning and deserve to be shared somewhere.

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  15. All of my photos are stored and backed up on my server at home, Terri, With two drives that I can literally grab should I need to leave the house suddenly. So when Flickr starts to delete photographs the only impact will be to my blog which will have hundreds of broken links.

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  16. I would surely miss your photos if you don’t post anymore. Since all your photos are backed up, I would appreciate seeing others on current or a new WordPress site. Perhaps just delete the WordPress posts that show broken links since you have all photos backed up? You might also contact WordPress for advice. They are good at tech services. I’ve rec’d help often.

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    1. I’ve made the decision to start a new blog, Janet. The motivator was WP now allowing subdomain on free accounts. So I grabbed mikehardisty.photo.blog straight away and have started testing it now.

      In the new year I will just put a post on here saying that I have changed blogs and the reasons why.

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  17. I use ‘Image resizer for Windows’ which is really simple to use, You just have to select one of more pictures, right click and select the ‘resize image’ option. It pops us and you can choose from a range of sizes and the option to overwrite the original or not. I have used it for most of the photos I have published on WordPress and the quality seems adequate.
    It might be an option for you should you wish to repair the broken posts as they come up.

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    1. There will be just too many broken posts and I don’t have the time to go back and fix them before SmugMug pulls the plug. Some of the early posts have lots of photographs and my biggest problem would be to remember what photograph goes into what blog post.

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