Saturday, 24 November 2012

It's Over? Help!

"Whoops! You're out of space. You are currently using 100% of your 1 GB quota for photos. ( Pay for more storage.)
Photos are stored in your Picasa Web Albums account and are included in your 1 GB free quota for photos. Additional storage that you purchase is shared between several Google products and is in addition to your free quota."

I got this message tonight when I tried to upload pics for another blogger post. Can anyone help with this? What's this all about? I don't use ( deleted) Picasa. My photos are stored on my computer. My blog name is my domain name that I own and pay for. 
I follow lots of other Blogs that post more frequently than me and often with loads more photos. What am I doing wrong?
Any advice gratefully received.


  1. Some time ago I got this message, too. I did some reading and don't remember all the "whys and wherefores", but I began exporting my photos into storage at 799 px. Seems like anything UNDER 800 works. I no longer get this message and haven't paid. (Knock on wood!)

    1. Thanks so much for this. Though I don't understand it but will do some reading and try to work it out.

  2. I got this message when I didn't reduce the size of my photos before loading them up to Blogger.
    Since then I simply take them down to 75% of original size in my Windows photo editor and it hasn't happened again

    1. As above - I'm not sure how to do this but it is clearly the answer - thanks!Cx

  3. Hi Elegance, and like the others I'd recommend that you downsize your pix - in other words, that you make them take up less space by reducing the number of pixels slightly. It won't make any appreciable difference to what you see unless you downsize them radically.

    How do you do it? You google 'downsize photos' and, as I just saw, you'll get stacks of advice on software to do it with. Then, once you've chosen one, downsize all the originals in your computer and replace the versions in Picasa with them. That'll free up space.

    Another option would be to reduce the file size directly, on your camera. For example if you're using a very high 16m setting it's too high for anything but the most demanding professional use. Reducing that within the camera would mean you wouldn't have to downsize everything you put on Picasa. Hope this helps.

    On another subject, that of chocolate being a female antibiotic, I thought of you another day when I read some study results which show that people who eat more chocolate than the average are more likely to be Nobel Prize winners. But that's not all I'm afraid. Nope, cuz they also show that serial killers also eat more chocolate than average! :)

    Keep well..

    1. Thanks for the photo advice and will act on it.

      BUT - Nobel Prizewinners and serial killers both eat more choc than average?? I was good at physics at school so some hope there perhaps?

      On the other hand, I've often I've longed for a machine gun when watching politicians of all parties mouthing off about the daily life and frustrations of their constituents. Situations they clearly know very little about.

      In the meantime I'll keep eating the chocolate!

  4. I also got this a while back. However, you can simply buy more storage on picasa. It was really easy to do, I just followed the steps. I think it was 10 US dollars for something like 8GB, which my husband assured me will keep me going for a few good years. This means I dont need to resize and just carried on as noraml:)

    1. Thanks for this alternative advice. I'm certainly considering it because I'm not sure that I can be bothered with the resizing. The only thing is I don't use Picasa for other reasons. But maybe I should.

      Or move to Wordpress.

      I need another chocolate!

  5. I'm in danger of this happening so thanks for the post. Good luck!

  6. Hello Elegance, I came via Tom Stephenson's place.
    I've just had the same dramas with Picasa. I found my way into my account (which I didn't know even existed) and deleted a lot of photos that were no longer on my blog. Some that I deleted were still on my blog and now they come up on the post as a blank image. Those deletions gave me another month or so of storage space.

    For a while I was really resistant to paying for more space - I'd just had a heap of my stories ripped off by a 'read and shop' website and I did not want to pay to upload free content that someone else could steal and make money from!
    But, I succumbed. I pay Picasa (or Google, their parent company) something like $2.95 a month for storage space ... and no more hassles.
    I hope that helps. Like you I was quite confused and scandalised when I could not upload any more pics. I guess guys like blogger, google and picasa are tightening the thumbscrews.


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