It’s almost the start of a new month which means hundreds of Blogger users are out looking for a new blog template. How do I know this? This phenomenon is what I call the “End of the Month Blogger Blues” where Bloggers are shocked to discover their template images are no longer showing up.
First they wonder what they did to cause this. Then they get mad at Google Blogspot thinking it’s a bug on their side. After trying to troubleshoot it themselves, they might post a thread on the Blogger help group site hoping for a resolution. Little do they know it’s because the template they are using has hosted the images on a site that has exceeded it’s monthly bandwidth limit.
I feel sorry for these people who get blindsided by not understanding what went wrong. They just assume the images are magically included in the template and don’t need to worry about them. It’s a hard lesson to learn and most everyone learns the hard way at the end of the month.
Something to keep in mind the next time you install a new template — take a look at the template source code and see where the images are hosted. If you want to be safe it’s smart to move those images to your site (or a free image hosting site) because you know they will always be there.
Leaving the images hosted on another server is like trusting someone you don’t even know. They essentially control your site in some aspects and could easily delete those images tomorrow or next year and you’ll never find out until your blog is left standing with it’s pants down.