I posted on November 11, about my Picasa account. I had reached approximately 70% of my storage space in seven months and had duplicates of many pictures on Picasa. Annie in Austin, graciously looked at my blog to try to figure out my problem. She saw that my pictures were about 80% larger in pixels than those on her blog.
When I looked closer at the individual pictures on Picasa I saw what the problem was. Annie was exactly right, I had never resized my pictures for posting, I thought this was done automatically. Most of my pictures were 1600 x 1200 pixels when they should have been 400 x 300. No wonder my storage space was almost gone!
Now, I am in the tedious process of going back through my blog posts, deleting the old pictures from Picasa, searching through the hundreds of My Pictures files and attempting to locate those pictures used on my blog, getting them back on Adobe to duplicate and resize, deleting the old pictures from blog posts and them adding the resized pictures and attempting to get them all in the right places. As I said in the title, what a pain!
Now that this has been brought to my attention, I've noticed that there are other bloggers who are not resizing their pictures, (if you click on the blog picture and it fills the computer screen, you are eating up Picasa storage). Please heed the warning and learn from my mistake. I've tried using Flickr and PhotoBucket, and I found that Blogger's Picasa system is the most simple and practical way for me to upload pictures. That is why I'm going through all of this trouble to salvage some of that valuable space.
Here is the link to the Beta Blogger for Dummies post on Picasa, which has the Picasa link where I found my album.