Chances are that when you have been browsing the blog archives this past week, you have come across this graphic (and the horrible pixelation isn’t mine, it’s theirs).
In a nutshell: Photobucket has, rather clandestinely, absolished third party hosting, declaring that one has to upgrade one’s account to a paid one to have one’s tied-in photo links work again.
I simply woke up last Friday to find my Photobucket-hosted images replaced by the fugly ransom note above. My account over there is at 14% usage and my images do – our circle is small – not see much traffic, plus all my albums are also marked as private, so it is not about bandwith, but about broad-scale bullying people into paid account.
Naturally, Photobucket will not see a cent of my money after this move and will not earn anything off me except for my eternal derision. This does, however, leave some blog posts with broken image links for now.
Some links to Phobucket still work, some do at least link to the right image on their storage website, and others are not even visible to myself when I log into my account (!) and while of course I did find a way around that eventually, it is still annoying and tedious.
All the more reason not to upgrade my account there, but to download all my photos from that site and store them on WordPress instead. That still requires – no thanks to Photobucket’s unwieldy surface – me going through every of my 1000+ images and manually download them one by one (and Photobucket isn’t even searchable inside my albums!). Then, since many of those photos are in a bigger png format, I’ll have to batch edit to jpg to save storage space, to then, one by one, match them to the broken entries here on Eye Bags. And I simply don’t have the time to do all of that at once. This will take months, and many of them.
When I started this blog, nearly ten years ago, WordPress came with 1 GB of data storage and I wasn’t sure whether that would be enough in the long run. So I hosted some images – especially larger collections for story or screencap posts – on an external Photobucket account and tied them in on the blog via links.
By now, and with a small paid account, WordPress is allotting a 6BG storage space to me, so everything should fit on here comfortably. What I don’t know is what posts I should take care of first, so please just let me know if you find one with broken links, and I will get to it as quickly as possible.