Recently I accepted an invite to Google plus. I really didn't want to or think much of it, but it took literally two mouse clicks so I figured what the heck, why not.
The interesting thing is that when you sign up for this site, it imports all of your previous Picasa albums as well as all blogspot images. So I looked at my new "Google+" profile page and noticed there was an album called "blogspot images". My blog images are pictures of calendars, windsurfing photos and random irreverent photos that generally demonstrate a crude idea. Not really the type of thing I want people in my "google circle" to go thumbing through. I went ahead and deleted that Picasa album and forgot all about it.
A couple days later I noticed that all the images were gone from my blog, but figured it was due to some broken server somewhere in the dungeons of Google. That's not the case, apparently when I deleted that album on Google+ it permanently deleted all the images that I've been using on blogspot.
So there you have it. The hundreds of photos I've shared over the last 4 years as a blogger by uploading directly to blogspot are gone forever.
Not really sure what I'm going to do with the blog moving forward. Going back and uploading all the images I previously uploaded would take literally days (given the weak upload speeds I'm dealing with, not to mention vague and often misleading captions). Also, I don't feel like contributing content to the google empire is necessarily the right thing to do anymore. I guess I'll just sleep on it.