Monday, 8 May 2006

Trying to picture this

Many times have I tried to add photographs to my blog pages. Each personal story has had images in my mind, that never appeared on the blog.

I know there is an icon up there (I see it now) and I have followed the instructions on good not- cogdysfunck'd days and on days when I should know better than to try. It has never worked.

I keep a lot of my favourite personal photos and web images on my laptop. I keep my life on my laptop. I have this fear of (again) being very ill and not being well enough to do anything except sit in my recliner, or in bed. So when I won my case for mis-selling of endowment policy, the compensation, although not much, was enough to indulge in a laptop and scanner.

But the pictures stay locked away from my blog. The poster from 1845 of the Lifeboat Society's fundraising, my Dad in his prime, celebrating after winning the Brass Band Championships, young, fit, with long fingers that I remember so well, like mine. My Airedale, in various poses - reclining on the sofa with 'Ewok' ears, with the look that said "but I've just got back from my shampoo - I'm clean Mum really, I have not been anywhere near that dead badger carcass in the wood, honest."

So, here goes. If what follows is an empty space, its not worked, again.

Well I didn't put it up there !
Sorry about the zig zag sofa, that went years ago.

You see, I have little control over where they go ...
editing now in progress.
Nope, hopeless.
However some progress has been made.
My thanks to Bloggingmone who indicated it was straightforward but who is not responsible for my lack of control over where the pictures ended up.

If there are pictures, then please clap loudly, whistle, cheer and stamp your feet.

Thank you and Good Night.
(National Anthem plays as everyone slopes off)


Blogger BloggingMone said...

Can you hear me whistling, stomping, cheering and clapping all at the same time? There are pictures!!! But I also haven't found out how to get them in the place where I want them to be. They seem to appear wherever they like. I love the picture of your dog! I will try and find a picture of my dog. He died four years ago and I did not have a digital camera at that time. All I have got (I think) are pictures on paper and I do not have a scanner.

Tuesday, 9 May 2006 at 13:10:00 BST  
Blogger Sally's Life said...

Thank you for the applause !
My dog died in '95, bless.
Regarding getting old photos scanned - do you have an internet cafe or internet access at a library ? Could you take your photos there, scan them on their equipment and from there email them to yourself ?
I am so chuffed (!) at myself for getting this far with blogging, I am having to now resist the urge to put my life in photos on my blog !

Tuesday, 9 May 2006 at 13:30:00 BST  
Blogger BloggingMone said...

Well, it isn't really an access problem. It is more of a problem to actually get pictures sorted and take them to the scanner. We have scanners at the office, I just so far couldn't be bothered to take my photos there and scan them. Lazy me!
Putting in too many pictures of one's life may be a problem. I am not sure yet and apart from the little picture of me you can see next to this comment, I haven't put in any private pictures. Oh...oh...that isn't true, I just remember. I have put in pics of snowy Bavaria and parts of our garden...mmh... The trouble is that I would not mind giving the very few readers of my blog an insight into my life, but I am not sure, who else will have access to these pictures?

Tuesday, 9 May 2006 at 21:28:00 BST  
Blogger Sally's Life said...

I totally agree - the Blog feels comfortable with the regulars, and with the BADD visitors, with their calling cards, because they felt part of the 'family'. But we don't know who else read our very personal BADD blogs without leaving comments.
This is open to the world wide web, and if abused, it would be our own fault.
This feels a real risk, because in outer reality I have been stalked, through a disability registered charity project, and after it was sorted, the police advice is to be aware and careful. Beginning to blog was partly to address the negative feelings about the world that experience left.
As I said, I am resisting the urge ...
Thanks for you input Bloggingmone, I very much appreciate the connection.
What do other visitors to this blog think on this topic ?

Tuesday, 9 May 2006 at 21:48:00 BST  
Blogger The Goldfish said...

Firstly pictures:

When you are in the Edit Posts page, you write in a box which says Compose on the top right. It also has the Edit tab where, if you click on it, you can see your post in HTML code.

Once you have added your picture in the normal way, click on this Edit thing, and you'll see that you have a paragraph of code beginning <a onblur... and ending with an .../a> This is the code which determines everything about your picture.

If you can select this and copy it [Ctrl+C] you should be able to paste [Ctrl+V] it anywhere you like in the post.

Hope that helps.

Secondly Privacy:

I tend to think that as with all crime that we have the potential to fall victim to, we must establish a balance between leaving ourselves wide opening and shutting up inside and bolting the door behind us.

You are, of course, far more likely to be stalked by someone you already know in real life and there are things you can do (and are doing) on-line to avoid it being obvious exactly who you are, exactly where you live and work etc.

Pictures? I don't see that as a problem, so long as they don't inadvertantly reveal your address or something like that. After all, everyone you meet in real life gets to see your face; all sorts of strangers every day when you are out and about.

I have been on-line for almost ten years now and my experience so far has been overwhelmingly positive. You just have to be a bit careful, as you do everywhere else.

Wednesday, 10 May 2006 at 03:32:00 BST  
Blogger Sally's Life said...

Thank you Goldfish
I will go and quietly practice pictures, and when I have got it sorted, I will publish. As once before; your explanation goes that little bit further than offered on the site, and its that bit that makes all the difference. Thank you again.
Privacy: I think if I lived in a city, or very large town, I would not feel so on the verge of exposure, but the stalker has made me hyper sensitive. I live in a very small town called 'Dorset' - after London and other cities, the whole county is like being back in a village.
Perhaps I am being just a bit too 'precious' !

Wednesday, 10 May 2006 at 22:50:00 BST  
Blogger The Goldfish said...

I don't think it is preciousness, Sally. You need to be comfortable within the boundaries you set, especially when you have been through that sort of abuse.

I guess what I meant was that, it is unlikely that you are going to do anything which you feel comfortable with at the time, which turns out to have been a bad idea.

Thursday, 11 May 2006 at 09:41:00 BST  
Blogger dotandcarryone said...

Hello Sally

Sorry to hijack the post, but if we are, as you say, sort of neighbours, I don't know if you have heard that Dorset Libraries are to be closed for a week from 7th June, and Housebound Services for three weeks!!

Thursday, 11 May 2006 at 19:05:00 BST  
Blogger Sally's Life said...

Thanks Dot, no I didn't know, so I will stock up - may I recommend Deric Longden's Cat stories, as noted by Charles, brilliant giggle in the sunshine in the garden this afternoon - I will be returning them to the library soon.
Talking of hijacking - I hear from her post that Goldfish is heading south - if she is 'up for it' we could hijack her and AJ and meet in the pub ! - so long as they don't mind being with oldies !!

Thursday, 11 May 2006 at 20:03:00 BST  

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