Over the past year, there has been a lot of debate and advice on here, about the space limits imposed on bloggers. When I started to publish a lot of large-file photos, my allowance usage went from 1% to almost 30% within a few weeks. I received a lot of great advice on how to counter this effect. Reduce file sizes, compress images, and then the allowance would last a lot longer. After giving this a lot of thought, I decided to carry on as I was, and just go ‘Premium’ when the time came. After all, $99 a year is not too much to pay, for something that is such a large part of my life.
I have since thought about that. Once I start paying for more space, there is a good chance that I could go on for another eight to ten years before ever filling it. I might decide to stop blogging, at some time in the future. I might become unwell, or incapacitated in some way that affects my ability or desire to blog. Then there is the possibility that I could just die, of course. So, I thought to myself, what happens to this blog, if and when I stop paying the annual fee? Does wordpress trim it back, to the original 3GB allowance? Or does it just get deleted? I don’t really know the answers to those questions. I suppose I could ask wordpress forums, or cast my question out into the vast sea that is blogging, and get replies from those who know.
One thing does concern me. If I am doing all this to leave some sort of electronic legacy for my family, friends, and future readers and historians to contemplate, (I know, they probably won’t…) is there any point, if it is just going to be deleted at some stage in an unseen future? I decided that if I am to secure the work so far, at least as long as wordpress continues to provide a platform, I need to create another blog, and link it to this one, once the space is full. Hopefully, that might ensure continuity of the many posts already published, and allow followers to continue with something familiar.
Yesterday saw the creation of beetleyblog. This will become the successor to beetleypete, at some unspecified date. It has just one post so far, and uses a basic theme, which will be tweaked when the time arrives. At least I have the name secured, in case anyone else around here thought to start blogging, and to choose that title. In the meantime, if anyone does know the answer to the questions posed above, feel free to let me know in the comments.