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Photobucket no longer hosting photos for Mechtild's...

Posted on 2017.08.20 at 14:28
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Hello, LJ'ers!

A new reader of my LJ wrote to me last month to tell me a lot of my pictures were down, especially in older posts. Except for recent entries, the images for all my entries since I started my journal in 2004 have been hosted through Photobucket. Photobucket was then a popular way to post images in one's journal or blog--and it was free.

Seeing the images still were not up, I finally logged into my Photobucket account to see what's what. The upshot is that for Photobucket to continue hosting images here, I need to buy their 3rd party hosting plan. As this service costs a whopping 300.00 a year, I regret to say the bulk of my posts at "Mechtild's" will remain image-less.

I could go back and redo all the image addresses in these old posts, of course, uploading everything to LJ's "Scrapbook". But that would involve uploading and re-doing thousands of images and re-typing their addresses into hundreds of posts. I know I will never do it.

For those of you who liked the images themselves, they still are there at Photobucket, but they can't be seen in the entries for which I uploaded them.


My apologies!



ambree40 at 2017-08-20 19:39 (UTC) (Link)
Such a shame! But I'm happy to have seen them all when I first discovered your Journal here on LJ. Your Frodo posts with their images deepened my love for an already beloved fictional character. Thank you for that.
mechtild at 2017-08-20 20:03 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's too bad, Ambree. But the price of keeping those photos up is much too high. Thank you for your attentive, appreciative readership over the years!
shirebound at 2017-08-20 20:15 (UTC) (Link)
I could go back and redo all the image addresses in these old posts

Good heavens, don't waste your life doing that!

It's a darn shame PB is being so greedy. :(
mechtild at 2017-08-20 20:48 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it does seem more than a bit greedy. For years it's been free, though they began cutting back service at least a year ago, taking down all my images about midway through each month, then putting them back up at the start of the next month. But 300! I couldn't believe my eyes.

I have glimpsed your entry titles during the last few months and see that you moved, really and truly moved from idyllic San Diego to New Jersey. I know why you had to do it, and that it will be a loss, but hopefully your new place and its environs will have lots to offer once you get settled in. You are such a warm, friendly person, I am sure that can only help. Best of luck, Shirebound!
shirebound at 2017-08-20 23:11 (UTC) (Link)
I still can't believe that we really and truly moved. It all happened so quickly! Thank you for your sweet words. I've met very nice neighbors so far, and that's very encouraging.
mechtild at 2017-08-20 23:34 (UTC) (Link)
Without telling the name of the town, can you tell me which part of New Jersey you've moved to? Decades ago, driving back and forth for years between NYC and Washington D.C. I thought of New Jersey as what you could see from the New Jersey Turnpike. I since have learned that is not representative at all. :)
shirebound at 2017-08-21 11:44 (UTC) (Link)
It's a lovely green area. Here's my new address:

mechtild at 2017-08-21 13:12 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thanks, Shirebound! Well, not a rustic and rural location, but I see you are not a long drive from the "other" ocean! My parents used to have friends that had a summer cottage near Tom's River. I have never been there, but they loved it. That was ages ago, of course. But looking at the map, it doesn't look like there are any big towns or cities in that area of the coast. It might still be very pretty.
ink_gypsy at 2017-08-20 23:05 (UTC) (Link)
I'm having the same problem. I used Photobucket exclusively for pics for my fics, so now they can't be seen. I'm going to try to go back and fix it by uploading them to a different photo-hosting service, but we're going back a lot of years so it could take a while.

This PB policy is asinine since I imagine everyone who uses their service uses it to post in other places. It's just a way to make more money from their members.
mechtild at 2017-08-20 23:30 (UTC) (Link)
I hear you, Ink Gypsy. If my posts, especially the first years, which concentrated on presentations of screencaps with a reflection or poem of Jan's to go with them, were not so image-dense, I might go through the trouble to reload everything. But it would take forever. :(
maewyn_2 at 2017-08-20 23:45 (UTC) (Link)
I don't come here very often these days, but recently I noticed that there's a "warning" about updating my account re 3rd party users visible down both sides of my page.

Like you, I have a huge amount of photos in my LJ account. Unfortunately, these will be lost, because I will not be held to ransom by Photobucket. It's extremely disappointing that I won't be able to scroll down through my LJ page and look at what I've posted over the years.

Lately my life's full of lemons, this is just another squeeze. :(

I hope all's well with you and your family, Mechtild. :)
mechtild at 2017-08-21 00:25 (UTC) (Link)
Meawyn, hello! I, too, haven't been on LJ much. My last post was last September and I rarely browse. I've been too wrapped up with real life concerns and duties--elder care and health stuff (nothing fatal, mostly joint replacement surgeries). My immediate family is ok, though, no serious worries.

Your comment makes it sounds as though things have not gone well with you since I was active on LJ. That was when you were starting another new job, your hopes up.

I know what you mean about the "warning". Mine say, "PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT TO ENABLE 3RD PARTY HOSTING", with a thing that looks like a timer under it. Here they are on my User Info page:


Is that what you mean? Here's a link to an old FOTR screencap entry plastered with that image:


They aren't "warnings", but still look pretty ugly and off-putting, doesn't it? All the older posts look like that. Bleh.

Anyway, never mind that, however disappointing to have our LJ's archives rent asunder like that, I'm just sorry life has been handing you lemons.
maewyn_2 at 2017-08-21 14:05 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad that your family are doing well despite the few hiccups along the way.

Ha ha! That job was terrible - the interviewers showed a very false face that day. I lasted there almost 5 months and was so stressed out! It took another 7 months to find the job I have now (2 years so far). It's so much better. :)

Yes, very sour lemons... My husband has been in hospital for over three months. In January 2016 he had bowel cancer surgery. He recovered well from that, but a secondary cancer developed in his thoracic vertebrae. He had surgery for that in May, having metal rods inserted to support his spine. He's had radiation therapy, but it feared that the cancer has returned. He had lost the use of his legs, and after surgery, was able to move them. He now has no feeling or movement below his waist. It's highly unlikely that he'll walk, or live at home again. Arrangements are being made for him to be transferred to a nursing home. He doesn't know this yet. He's also had many setbacks - various infections, including "hospital" pneumonia.

The drugs he has to deal with the referred pain in his chest and shoulder affects him mentally. He thinks he's still able to walk and drive his car and often calls me (even in the middle of the night) to tell me that he's locked himself in the shed and can I come to get him out. It's terrible. I don't know which is worse - seeing him in pain or in a drugged state.

Our family is very supportive. I haven't cooked a meal on a week night for months. My daughter-in-law is a star - after I leave the hospital, she has dinner ready for me to take home and put into the microwave. She insists that it's no problem - she has to cook for her family - what's one more serve? :)

Re your original post - I've scrolled back through my earlier posts, and the further back I went, I found the "3rd party hosting" message showing up where my photos were. I think I might have used the LJ photo setup for the more recent ones. Time will tell, I suppose.
mechtild at 2017-08-21 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Your poor husband! He's had health issues in the past but nothing as devastating as this. It's as though you are already losing him, yet remaining in a sort of neither-here-nor-there state. Alzheimer's disease is prevalent in my husband's family on both sides, and both sides are numerous and long-lived. So while few of them have been stricken with cancer and then made wonky by the pain medications they must take to make life endurable, their minds still have deteriorated, eventually meaning separation one from another, one spouse at home, the other in a care facility, both of them in a sort of limbo. I am relieved and gratified to hear your sons and their wives are being so supportive. What a boon that is. Again, I am so sorry, Maewyn. It does seem the luck of the draw (except in the case of heavy drinkers or smokers), not anything resulting from life style choices and health habits, who gets a devastating disease. But it is always devastating.


P.S. I meant to say I am so happy to hear your current job is a marked improvement. Hurrah for lights in dark places, wherever they appear!

Edited at 2017-08-21 02:43 pm (UTC)
primula_baggins at 2017-08-21 00:16 (UTC) (Link)

I know. It's unfathanable why pb did this. I can't imagine very many people are willing to pay that huge amount. It's heartbreaking for someone such as yourself and your beautiful posts that we have lost these wonderful photos. But thank you for the direct link to them. Your screen caps are some of the best anywhere.

mechtild at 2017-08-21 00:27 (UTC) (Link)
Why, thank you, Primula. :) I'm glad I made them when I did, for later generations of video playing programs I've been compelled to use (when they are no longer compatible with the latest new operating system) have made it far more difficult to make really good screencaps. Not what I'd call progress. ;)

Edited at 2017-08-21 12:29 am (UTC)
julchen11 at 2017-08-21 03:24 (UTC) (Link)
I'm absolutely with shirebound. Don't waste your time, sweetie!
PB - such a shame! *hugs you close*
mechtild at 2017-08-21 13:06 (UTC) (Link)
Awwww, thanks, Julchen. :)
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