Pardon Our Dust

Over the next few days I’m going to start a chore that I’ve been putting off for about two years now. You see, I’m nearly at WordPress’ data storage cap, and it’s past time to do something about it. The problem is images. Here’s the way things used to work: if you uploaded a high-res image and then shrunk it to fit your post, WordPress would provide a link to full-sized image! And so, I uploaded loads of really large images to take advantage of that. Nowadays I have thousands of those full-sized images on this blog, and I’m finally out of space. Unfortunately, not only did WordPress stop automatically providing those “full size” image links years ago, but I just don’t have space for those giant pictures even if they did! Thankfully, nobody ever really used them. I actually got click data whenever someone followed the links to the full-sized images, and it probably counted less than two, three dozen image clicks over this blog’s entire life.

Long story short, it’s time for the big images to go. I’ll be replacing them with images that actually match the size you see on the page, rather than having WordPress scale them down automatically. The images themselves will be identical from the reader’s perspective.

Hopefully, the actual process of switching the images won’t impact your reading experience. Just know that if anything looks screwy while you’re browsing the archives, it’s hopefully going to be temporary. At worst, I might mass-delete an entire game’s images just before uploading the replacements (because WordPress’ image browser is just THAT BAD), but I promise that it won’t stay that way for more than a few hours, and would probably be done at night in the western hemisphere to minimize the impact.

I’m not sure how much work I’m going to get done and when, or in what order. Obviously HD games like Kingdom Hearts and FFIX should be higher priorities (Kingdom Hearts easily takes up most of the storage!), but I also sort of want to keep the image archive chronological… Whatever order I choose, it’s going to be a truly tedious process and I’ll probably spread it out over the course of weeks.

Long story short: Pardon Our Dust, and enjoy your read!

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