So Overwhelmed…But Hopeful?

Final Update:  I still can only get photos to upload to my posts half of the time.  There seems to be no rhyme or reason as far as size or location.  But I DID find a work-around to upload my pictures!  I can upload them and save them through  I don’t understand why–sometimes the new picnik version is even larger than the original, but it worked 100% of the time.  In my next post, some of the picnik photos have frames, some don’t.  I was just trying to see if any variable made a difference.  So far, no pattern.  Sorry for the inconsitency; next post I’ll be more consistent!  But at least it’s working!  Thank you thank you thank you for your patience!  Business as usual, from now on, I hope!!

New Update:  I tried to upload four photos to my post on my husband’s work computer and on my in-laws’ computer.  My husband’s was 4 for 4, and I could do 3 of 4 on my in-laws’.  My laptop is by far newer and faster than either of those two, and yet, I can’t upload a single photo.  Is there something going on that is making my photos even BIGGER than they already are?  They range from about 400 KB to 1.3 MB in size.  Yet I can upload them on other computers, but not here.  Could there be something that is happening to them based on their location (like the folder where they are stored on the desktop?).  Tomorrow my husband is going to double check their size on his computer and I am going to try to compress the images and see if that helps.  What’s the point in shooting in RAW then?  Sigh…still no new post.  I am so sorry, blog friends.  Thank you for your continued patience and support.

At least I am going to bed at a reasonable time. 

Update:  I have a plan.

I just spent an hour on the phone with my 3rd Hostgator rep.  This guy completed agreed with you and me, and agreed that the other guy had no clue what he was talking about!!  Ah, the frustration of potentially wasting money because I am out of my field here.  This last guy, Billy (I think), logged in as me and had me email him my actual photos and was able to upload them fine on his end.  Therefore, WP is fine, Hostgator is fine, his computer is fine, my photos are fine; that just leaves MY computer as the variable.  I am off to my husband’s work and my in-laws’ to use their computers and hopefully determine if it’s this piece of crap laptop (oops, did I say that out loud?).  Fingers crossed it is!  Then at least we’ll know WHAT the problem is, if not how to deal with it.  Yet. 

There’s hope!

Also, thanks to all of you and your kind words of support here and on twitter.  Thank you, Dwija, for your help especially!  I meant it when I said I love and miss this  blogging community!!  You’re all the best.

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Hi everyone, I just need to vent and figure this whole f-ing WordPress deal out.  I hope somebody can say, “No!  That’s not right!” or “Yes, dumbass, what did you think?”  Maybe I’m a complete idiot, but this whole thing is making me so overwhelmed.  I don’t know what I’m doing.

Okay, so I hired someone to transfer all my Blogger posts/images/followers, etc. to WordPress. She did a great job and I was ready to start blogging here at WP.  I wrote that quick first post, and last night I began my first “real” post–with all my photos and happiness oozing out of every sentence.  Then I tried to upload photos.  Uploaded two, and then I got an error.  Out of memory.  What?  According to the guy at Hostgator, it means that the most I can upload is 64 MB.  For my whole blog.  What?  Some of my photos are over 1 MB large–how is it possible that ALL THE PHOTOS for the past 500 posts equal less than 64 MB?  When I go to upload a photo it says, Maximum Upload File Size: 64 MB.  Doesn’t that mean the most each individual file can be is 64 MB?  Not that I can have 64 MB of data in my entire freaking blog??  I know I have way more than that already.  What the hell?

So I talked to Hostgator, where I have a hatchling plan.  I don’t know how much it cost me per month, but it’s less than $10 per month, and maybe less than $5 if I signed up for a lengthy plan (which I did but I forget for how long).   I’ve paid Hostgator $82 already, so I’m sure it’s the 2 or 3 year plan.  He says that I’ve used up all my memory for my entire blog and that I have to upgrade to VPS hosting, which is $40 per month!!!  I don’t make nearly enough  on here to justify spending that kind of money.  I’m feeling so overwhelmed and out of my league.  I don’t understand a lick about computers, coding, technology.  How do I know this is legit?  It doesn’t sound legit to me.  I’ve spent so many hours on this transition already, staying up until 1 in the morning the past two nights, trying to get back to the business of just being me.  I can’t go back to Blogger.  I’ve already invested way too much time, energy, and money.  So I’m trapped here, and I’m in bed with Hostgator for a lengthy period of time.  I’m such a novice at this that I could easily be taken advantage of.  How do I know if this is right?

All I want to do is WRITE.  I miss blogging.  I miss musing and editing and photo challenges and blog hops and interacting with my bloggy community.  I am trapped in a technological hellhole and I don’t know a damn thing about it.  I’m trusting my baby, this blog, to the expertise of strangers and customer service on the phone and help forums online, and all I want to do is sit next to someone and say, “Fix this.  It is very important to me.  I know I’m just one of millions of people to you, but you are all I have.  Help me like you know me and care about me.”  But is that even possible in this world?

I just want my blog back.  My boring, stupid, easy-to-understand, frustrating, basic blog.  It feels like I’ve lost a friend, and I want it back.  What do I do?

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