Thank you ALL for your kind comments on my post yesterday. I will be taking up offers of help with the badge thingy and will explain what that is all about once I have it sorted - after a good dose of help from the lovely clever bloggers out there!
As far as the photos, I spent pretty much the whole day yesterday putting pictures back into my posts, one picture at a time, one post at a time. I post most days, with lots of pictures, so that is a lot of posts and pictures! So far I have gone back to the end of November and still have to go back to sometime in September before they will be OK I think. There are also some earlier posts than that affected too. It will be a long job.
The photos are all still there in Picasa, and once I started to repair the damage I realised what I had done. I had clicked something that I shouldn't have and it meant that the link between the photos on my blog and the photos in Picasa was broken.
Unfortunately, though, although I can make a jolly good guess at what the photos were and where they were placed because of the words, they might not be totally the same. So if you go back and look at a post and the pictures are different than you remember, that is why. I have mentioned below how I am hoping - should another catastrophe ever happen - to not have that happen again.
So, in order that you don't make the same mistake - although I am sure that you are far too clever for that! - do not, I say, DO NOT!!!, change the privacy settings on each photo album. Once you have put the pictures into your blog, whatever the privacy settings are on that album, you jolly well have to leave them there. Picasa will tell you not to change them if you try and will warn you not to do it - it is cleverer than me. But if you ignore it, you too will end up in the same sticky sorry mess as me!! If the privacy setting for the album is changed, Blogger cannot find the pictures, and then you have those nasty no entry looking signs where your photos should be.
Just wanted you all to know in case you too are tempted to go fiddling around! Of course, if you want to delete all your photos from your blog in one easy fell swoop, well, easy peasy! Just do what I did!!
Some of you mentioned backing up your blog. Now, I am clearly NOT a technical person, but I did have in my head somewhere that the backing up is of your template, not the actual blog posts - but please - PLEASE - tell me if that is wrong. In order therefore not to be in the horrible position of having no blog posts or photos ever again, as I rectify each post I am copying and pasting it into a word document so that I have a record of them (and then backing that up too!). If anyone knows a better way though, please let me know.
Oy! I know they say you live and learn, learn by your mistakes, don't make the same mistake twice and all that, but really. I could have done with not learning this lesson.
My stomach is churning over less now and I did sleep last night, unlike Wednesday night, so that has to be an improvement doesn't it. As I sat putting the pictures back, post by post, I had hubby's Kindle sat beside me so that I could check that the pictures really were there in the posts as they got repaired and updated. Then last night I made him - poor man! - go through the posts that I had repaired on his laptop to see if they were there too. Some of you e-mailed as well to say that they appeared to be there - they are the repaired posts - so that was good news too. Thank you for letting me know!
Today I will be doing more and will keep on until it is all fixed as I cannot bear to have all those nasty no entry signs on my blog after all the work that I have put into it. One thing at a time hey. It does mean though that I will be around and about less, so please bear with me. I am reading your posts somewhat and trying to comment, but I will be sloooooooooowwww!!
Thank you again - I know, I am always saying thank you, but it is because you give so much to be thankful for!! - for being so wonderful. I will be putting the thanks that I have into my special thanks jar, but I might miss out the reason so that I don't have to relive this all again next January!!
I knew that bloggers are brilliant, already, and this week, meeting Selma and having all of your support and offers of help has just confirmed that. So remember, don't fiddle with the privacy settings in Picasa and BLOGGERS ARE BRILLIANT!!
p.s. just off to copy and paste this now!