Sunday, August 19, 2012

Vibrating Dog and Picasa

Hey, Merci, Sam & Buddy here.  The Felines are doing the Mousebreath interviews so we figure we need some computer time before you all forget what we look like.  We're the super intelligent, super duper obedient dudes and dudette
** Cyndi, stop snickering!**

First, we'll give you a chuckle.  None of us woofies like to be brushed.  So we're at a loss over this dog's funny reaction to being groomed. Maye he's standing on a live wire? Enjoy.

If the video doesn't play, click here

UPDATE:  The rest of this post is for Blogger bloggers.   As we have explained many times before in posts, if you are using a Blogger blog, you ARE using Picasa! We repeat, if you have a Blogger blog, you ARE using Picasa and this DOES apply to you!  And it is very important because one day you could go to post a photo and panic because Blogger "suddenly" tells you your storage is full and you can't post any more photos unless you buy more storage.  The time to learn about your Picasa account is NOW!

We've been helping a few bloggers who have run out of Picasa storage to reduce their storage so they don't have to pay a monthly or annual fee to continue posting photos to their blogs.  We decided it will be easier to do one big post on the subject and just refer bloggers here when they need the information.

We've posted a number of times that Google Blogger users need to become familiar with their Picasa account where Blogger stores their post photos.  You need to be aware of photo posting rules and storage limit so you can have all the photos you want on your blog but you don't fill your storage. Hopefully, you'll check your Picasa account today and become Picasa-aware because it does take time and effort on your part if you wait till Blogger says your Picasa account is full.

Only post photos 800 x 800 pixels or smaller!  Your header (and background, if you install your own). will be larger than this.  So learn to delete these oversize graphics when you are done with them and changed to new or temporary seasonal graphics..  If you want to reuse it later, reinstall it.  

If you don't have a photo editor on your computer to resize photos before you upload them, we recommend downloading the Picasa program to your computer.  From there (once you learn to use it) it's a snap - just pick the photos you want to use, click the export button, tell it which size you want, and those photos will be resized and sent to the Export file on your computer.  From there you just upload them from your computer to your blog as usual.

To check your current storage usage -

Log into your blog. 

Open another tab in your browser.
((or you can skip signing into your blog, just follow the steps below to reach Picasa and sign in with your blog ID and PW)).

Type into your browser.  

(at top) click "More."

(drop down menu) click "Photos."
This will take you to your Picasa online album.

Scroll to bottom of the page. You will see -
You are currently using xx MB (xxx%) of your 1024 MB. Upgrade Storage

How many mb (%) of your online Picasa storage are you using? 

If your storage is low, good work.  You're posting the correct size photos.  If it is high, you need to work on getting it down, starting with changing the size of the photos you post.

To get an idea of the size of the photos posted in Picasa online (the size can differ depending on a number of factors), pick some random photos in your albums.

Click on an album.  The size of the album will be in the upper right.  But xx mb in an album does not = xx mb in storage, so don't worry about this.
Click on an individual photo.
The size of the photo in Picasa will be upper right. Any photos over 800 pixels wide or tall are counted in your storage.

If you see an old header or background (not the one you're using now), DELETE IT! If it's in several times, delete all copies.  And from now on, every time you change your header and/ or add your own background, go into Picasa online and DELETE the old one. Sometimes more than one copy is added during installation, delete all the ones not in use. If you accidentally delete the one you're using, just reinstall it.

However, do NOT delete any duplicate photos.  There is no way to tell which is the extra one.  Or if the photo is used in more than one post.  And if you delete the photo in Picasa, it will be deleted in any post(s) it is included in.

So you've been posting oversize photos, eventually you will need to resize them to lower your storage usage.  It's not hard.  It does not need to be done in one sitting.  It can be done in your spare time.  How much time it will take will depend on how large your oversize photos are in kbs.  For example, a 1000 x 650 pixel photo might be 50 kb or it might be 1.5 mg.  You would have to resize more 50 kb photos than 1.5 mg photos to lower your storage.  But it can be done!

To resize your photos -

1) Open a photo.

2) "Actions"

3) "Edit in Creative Kit"

4) "Resize" (when CK opens)

5) Change largest dimension (usually width to the left) to 800 & the other will adjust itself accordningly. (Keep proportions is auto checked)

6) "apply"

7) "Save to my album" (upper right)

8) A box will open to confirm. It will have "replace" checked. Just click on "replace" and it will save it to new album.

9) Click > to right of picture to go to next one.

10) Click "MY Photos" to return home and go to next album. *You can also check your progress at the bottom of this page - "currently using xxx mb."

We learned / are posting this information to help our friends and we're happy to share it with you. We would hate for anyone to stop blogging or to lose all their blog photos after they stop because they can't afford to pay for storage. "It's only xx dollars" doesn't help if you don't have xx dollars. If you have any questions or this information isn't clear, let us know.


  1. Thanks for posting this Jan. Problem is, my mom has absolutely no spare time, so we may have to resort to paying. Mom has not even had a chance to look at this again since last week. :-(
    I guess we are grateful this has not happened sooner with blogs since have had them since 2007.

  2. We stick to small pictures made "large" on blogger. So we don't pay. (so far).

  3. Excellent Post! (we're STILL changing ours) Great video, too!

  4. The instructions you listed didn't work for me at all - I had to go to this link: and select Picasa from the options that show up. I'm only using 3%! Thanks for the heads up though - I hadn't even thought of it!


  5. Thanks for this info. We are at 75% so (hopefully) we can slowly work on sizing the pics we already have before we need to pay!

    The Florida Furkids

  6. Thanks for posting this. Our mom ran out of space a year ago and just purchased more space. We're currently at 11% so we're okay for a little while.

  7. Thanks Jan. Have bookmarked this for future reference :)

  8. That was SUCH a useful post, Jan. We had NO idea about this. But we checked using your instructions and it said we are using 191 MB (18.74% of our available storage).

    We'll keep an eye on it and although we do resize our photos they are often a bit bigger than 800x800 so we'll keep them down in future.

    Thanks for the info

    Love and licks, Winnie and the People Of the House.

  9. OH What a VERY CONSIDERATE Post. It was so nice of you to put this all together fur everybuddy. On the OLD blogger interface it actually told you ... all the time... where you were with the storage. I once had to go in and get rid of some stuffs.
    THANK YOU!!!!

  10. I don't use Picasa but thanks for your helpful post so if ever I do use it I know what to do!! Yay!!

    Awwwww that woofie getting brushed!!

    Hello there beautiful Sam, Buddy and Merci! Take care

  11. We don't use picasa but we do feel sorry for that doggy getting combed!

  12. Thanks to you we have reduced our picasa quantity and are still resizing photos and and are well within the guide lines using size 800 x 600 for most pictures.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  13. Thanks Jan. That is great advice as I am up to 90% which it tells me when I upload photos to the blog. For the last 3 or 4 years I have been posting "free" photos, but in the beginning they were all far too big. I didn't know how to make them smaller so now I will go through the older ones bit by bit when I have some spare time. For cat photos I normally set my camera to 0.3 but the other day forgot to alter it after our holiday and saw the amount of storage I have used shoot up from the 87% it has been for about the last 2 years to 90%.

  14. Thank you for the help, we really appreciate these tips cause we use sharing pictures.

  15. Thanks for sharing this important info.

    We started using Flickr to host our pictures after Hello went away (anyone else remember Hello?) and yes, there's a fee for Flickr after the first 100 pictures, but here's the thing with Flickr -- you can access your latest 100 pictures with the basic account when you look at your photostream, but all your pictures are there. So tag your pictures with a unique tag (like your name) and search your tag and they are all there. Flickr gives you the html code to place into your post and you are good to go. We have been very happy with Flickr. Or you can just pay $24/year and have a full account (which is what we do).


  16. such a wonderfully informative walk through! Great job.

  17. Hi Jan, just been into see what my % photo usage is up to and I couldn’t find it anywhere despite doing exactly what you said! So I went to help and it says because I am a Google+ user I have unlimited storage!! You might want to check that out! ? x

  18. Excellent post Jan! Glad that this helped so many!!!

    ✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.

  19. Excellent post Jan! Well writtend and easy to follow! And we loved the video
    Nellie and her Mom

  20. Such a helpful post! Thanks for sharing it with us all. Love that video of the woofie getting brushed! :)

  21. thank you dearest jan you are our hero trouble shooter gal! i iwll look into your deatiled instruction later to night after a good turkey meal.
    love from the cozy cottagers

  22. This is the best post on this issue I've seen anywhere!

    But doesn't Blogger automatically shrink images for you once you reach your 1G limit on Picasa? See Free Storage Limits.

    If it does automatically resize them, you shouldn't have to resize them before uploading.

  23. Animal Shelter Volunteer Life referred me here because it's the information I've been looking for. The directions that Picasa/Blogger provide are not as clear as yours. What I can't figure out is how and why Picasaweb has uploaded my photos that are stored in Dropbox as well as ones from my computer that I didn't upload to Picasa, as if it's working more like a virus than a program.


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