What Gives?

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You know, just as I was about to become super cocky and self-assured about finally being able to successfully upload photographs on this here site, my newfound inflated techno ego is rendered all fragile and pathetic and, with a few ruthless clicks of the mouse, entirely crushed.

"Why oh why all the melodrama again?" You may or may not be asking with interest real or feigned.

Oh, how can I possibly resist your persistent curiosity?

And so, once again, you manage to drag the heartbreaking tale out of me.

The boy drew a beautiful picture, and since I wanted very much to share it with you, my five (yes, a full five now! I'm steadily working my way up the ranks!) adoring adorable readers, but since cavern-ous (not to be mistaken with carnivorous! Or even cavernous, for that matter) inhabitants that we are, we possess no scanner.

So what's a scannerless cave-girl to do?

No problem. I hastily photographed the drawing with our digital camera. (Okay, so we might be living in a cave, but we've progressed well beyond the Stone Ages. Now we are happily cruising through 1985 - minus the leg-warmers. But my hair, when left unattended for a mere second... let's just leave it at that.)

Anyway, where were we? Oh, 1985 and digital cameras.

So yeah, I photographed it. And even managed to upload it from the camera to the computer.

Okay... who am I kidding? So the boy managed to upload it from the camera to the computer. (Were you REALLY not going to buy it?)

I did however - and I admit it very reluctantly because of all my modesty - manage to name the photo file all by myself. It's called "Photo File." (I never claimed to be original, did I?)

So anyway, I excitedly started typing a post in MT so that you could see the picture. And then MT uploads the file and asks me that next thing it asks, you know? About whether I want to see the HTML or open a whole new post just for the picture (I tried both) and then it tells you how big the photo is and whether you want it embedded or as a pop-up, right? (Again, tried all the different variations.)

And then you click UPLOAD. And that's the thing, 'cause that's where it stubbornly stops.

Of course I thought that I had done something wrong as per usual, so I tried different photographs and by George! They all went beyond that step!

So now I'm fuming, cursing calmly wondering: "What's up with this?"

And of course, being me and all, I'm not coming up with any answers. My one uneducated guess is that it probably has something to do with the fact that it's a photograph of a drawing... but then I wonder why it uploaded without a problem up to that point? I mean, if it wasn't going to read it or whatever, wouldn't it have flatly refused to upload the picture from the very beginning?

Oh, and by the way, it's an ink drawing, so it shows up very clearly.

So, summoning all my internet guru readers once again! What gives? What am I doing wrong (or not doing at all?)?!?

Unfortunately, the original drawing was a gift to someone, so there's no way that we can now scan it anymore. I only have the photo to work with. Is there any chance that I could still do it though?

Oy... why did they ever make me lay down the pen for a pc? Clearly the likes of me shouldn't be allowed anywhere near technology...

4 Comments

kim said:

hmm? tough one since i don't even manage to get MT or wordpress running *sigh*. anyway - first thing i would check is if the new picture has exactly the same format as the other ones that you've previously uploaded. i just checked a picture of the mansion. it's a jpg with 150dpi (350 x 240 pixel). now, use a program like photoshop e. g. and make sure the new picture has exactly that format (even though 72dpi is usually enough for the www and uses less space..). that'd be my first idea.. other than that - restart is what i do if nothing else works ;o)

sorry, wish i could help more - wanna see that picture, too!

martha said:

i haven't figured out how to upload pictures to my WP yet so I'm not much help, I'm afraid. But I'm still reading even without graphics....:-)

Annika said:

I am not sophisticated enough to use MT (by this I mean that I am a moron and cannot even install it), so this is a wild guess. Try renaming the file so that it is one word with no capital letters. Some programs can be fussy about file names, so it's probably worth a shot.

mice said:

OK, I never had done this before. But for you I tried it and its actually pretty easy.

First I recommend that you rename your file to something with no spaces.

Second is the flie saved as a jpeg? doe sit have a .jpeg or .jpg suffix?

Upload it as you have said that you were. I personally specified a location. But I have everything seperated into folder and subfolders of subfolders. If you only have a couple pics you can worry about cleaning up the mess later.

It asks you

Create a new entry using this uploaded file (?)

You definitely want to say yes here - makes it so much easier.

You can get it to show you the html but why bother?

It asks you if you want a thumbnail.


If your image is smallish and will fit within the margins of your blog column just skip thumbnails. If its biggish then set a thumbnail size that will fit in the column width. I would recommend no smaller than 150 pixels in width. I personally set mine to 410 pixels in width but that is because I am a freak. Constraining proportions is a good thing so your picture isn't all streached out. You can choose a popup image or not. I recommend an imbedded image but that is just a matter of preference.

You will then see your entry in the mt window you are accustomed to. add title and other stuff to your liking and publish.

make sense? no? IM me. yes. good.

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  • mice : OK, I never had done this before. But for you I tried it and its actually pretty easy. First I reco... [go]
  • Annika : I am not sophisticated enough to use MT (by this I mean that I am a moron and cannot even install it... [go]
  • martha : i haven't figured out how to upload pictures to my WP yet so I'm not much help, I'm afraid. But I'm ... [go]
  • kim : hmm? tough one since i don't even manage to get MT or wordpress running *sigh*. anyway - first thing... [go]
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