What you will see is - nothing of what I originally posted, which was an illustrated guide to embedding pictures - meaning uploading them to a site like Photobucket and then getting an HTML code that enables everybody who visits a web page like this one to see the picture.
What happened is this. With little notice and no fanfare, Photobucket changed its policy on embedding on July 1. The service has been free in all of its aspects for the fifteen years of its existence. Now, however, someone with an extensive internet presence like me has to pay to have photos embedded or linked. At $6/mo or $10/mo, no user can embed pictures. To do that costs a whopping $400.00 per year - and it's recurring, meaning an automatic payment will be made whether you like it or not.
I have 600 pictures on Photobucket, many many of them posted to this page over the last 12 or 13 years. Others I have used on some of the ten Blogger pages that I maintain, the most familiar one here being my Comparative Video 101 page. To go from a free service to $400/yr is just really bad business, IMO - and since virtually everyone who uses Photobucket does so for the purpose of embedding, I'm going to start downloading my photos furiously, because I'm going to bet that no more than 10% of the site's users will actually pay that kind of money to use a service that heretofore has been free. I'm thinking they'll go belly-up in a year or less.
The folks at Blogger are also on my hitlist. Some of you may recall that for a time it was really tough to embed YT videos here on Boardhost - because YT had disallowed the use of the "object/embed" HTML code in favor of the "iFrame" code that we now must use. It took Boardhost forever to approve the use of the iFrame, and Blogger didn't permit it at all. That forced me to use the object code and substitute the identifying phrase to make videos appear on my site. Well lo and behold, starting January 1, Blogger no longer supports Shockwave Flash Player, which is tied to that object embed code.
Here's what that means to me. I have 220 articles posted on CV101, each with between 6 and 10 videos embedded. That's a total of nearly 2000 videos on my site. I am really proud of CV101 - I think that it provides a real service of a kind in preserving and explaining folk tunes, and some of the essays are pretty darned good, if I do say so. But to keep the site functional, I have to go into every single article and change every single video code from object/embed to iFrame. Every. Single. Code. This is a monumental task, one I've just begun and have only about 20 articles converted. Sheesh.
I'm undecided about what to do about Photobucket. Stay tuned.