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February 23, 2009

Can you see my photos all right?

Midnight Sunner David sent me this email the other day:

I was wondering why I can never view the pictures you post in your Midnight Sun blog.  I read several other blogs on The Sun and I can see their pictures with no problem.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Help him! Help him!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 9:42 AM | | Comments (12)


David's place of employment may block Photobucket. Don't know where other bloggers host their images.

I guess the first question would be:

Is David reading MS in an RSS reader, or on the site itself?

I use google reader, and see the pictures just fine.

I tend to have problems if I refer back to an older post like three or four months ago.

I am by no means a techie and I'm reading MS from the Baltimore Sun website. I just think it's unusal that I can see pictures from other Baltimore Sun blogs but not MS.

he's probably looking at the Midnight Sun from work and his company blocks certain picture services, including photobucket which the Midnight Sun uses. most other Sun blogs use Sun-hosted pictures.

I can't see the photos, and I'm pretty sure it's the Photobucket thing. The job folks block access to it.

At this moment on the post,
Maggie Moore's to become Lucy's:
The image is replaced by of a meter in the red with the copy; Upgrade to Pro today,
Bandwidth Exceeded, photobucket
I'm at work but it happens at home. It usually happens but not always.

No problem with any of the recent posts.

From what everyone else has said, it seems fairly clear that your problem is photobucket. You need to find a better image hosting solution. It would be preferable if you could find a way to store the images on the baltimore sun web server like the other baltimore sun bloggers are doing.

This will become more of an issue as your following gets larger. Basically photobucket limits the bandwidth your picture uses so if your website becomes high traffic, no one outside the first few people will see your pictures ever again. This is the issue that GDA is experiencing.

OK, new twist to the picture fiasco......Today I log on and check the blog and I can see the picture associated with the WTMD and Coburns pieces but not the other ones.

It is the same twist. Those images are hosted on the Baltimore Sun server, not Photobucket.

Wherever you are viewing Midnight Sun has Photobucket blocked.

You guys are right -- the problem is Photobucket. I'm going to slowly start re-archiving Midnight Sun blogs to make sure this doesn't happen in the future.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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