I felt very honored indeed when WoW Insider linked to the “What My Characters are Wearing with their Shado-Pan Helmets” post that I made back in December.
Unfortunately, as you may have noticed by the obnoxious placeholder images now appearing all over my site, the continuing interest in that post, and an elevated level of traffic to my little blog in general this week due to Mog the World in 80 Days and getting a link from the Godmother (another honor!), has now exceeded the monthly “free” bandwidth limit of the image hosting service I’ve been using. Unless I want to pay them some money, in the form of a monthly subscription fee, Photobucket is going to be holding my images hostage until the monthly bandwidth reset of my account. This happens on the day of the month on which I originally registered the account, which happens to be the 9th — about a week and a half from now.
If I make any posts that need pictures between now and February 9th, I can use WordPress’s built-in media storage. I have way, way, way too many images to move them all over to WordPress, though. Furthermore, the WordPress library doesn’t seem to have the functionality to make the various sub-albums and folders that I’d need to organize my multitude of pictures.
I could also make a new Photobucket account, but storage space isn’t the issue. I haven’t even used ten percent of the default storage space in a free Photobucket account. It’s the bandwidth used by folks looking at the posts where I’ve linked those images here on the blog that’s the problem.
As frustrating as this is, I’m not going to pay up for the Photobucket “Plus” account — at least, not now. If my bandwidth keeps getting overrun for three or four months in a row, then I might consider it.