I started this blog in 2008 to let family and friends stay aware of where I was, and to share with them the beauty I was seeing. Well, no family member has been to this site in years. That is blow number one.
Second, in the past 6 months, my blog has been visited a grand total of 19 times, or on average, about 3 visits per month.
Third, the purpose of the site evolved, becoming a site where I posted photos tied to a story. That meant that the quality of the photos became very important. And - Google alters the photos when I upload them. Sometimes, often in fact, the alterations are not significant. Sometimes it is a big deal. I have found myself not selecting my best photos because I know that Google's automatic processing will ruin the shot. I have reached out to Google three times, asking that they at least provide us with the option of them "adjusting" the photo or posting it as is. They have not had the courtesy to reply.
Finally, Google has started charging me for photo storage.
As Google alters my photos, I view those photos as becoming Google's, not mine. I have decided to not pay for the storage.
So, for those few who still come in to look now and then, thanks. I appreciate the interest you have shown. This is my last blog post, and I wish you happy travels.