This is probably a silly question but if I am writing up my blog in an internet cafe in an Ecuadorian town, and I have uploaded my photos into my gallery, I assume I have to first upload the pics onto the desktop. I should probably then delete them from the desktop, and also from the trash - is that right, or is there a more efficient way? Assuming also that many of the computers will be pretty old and slow, which leads me also to ask if it would even be possible to put photos on my blog if the broadband is dodgy, or if there's only dial-up, which there might still be in remote places?
Depending on the connection between your camera and the computer, you should be able to upload directly from your camera, although that means the files will usually be pretty big so it will be slower than if you resized prior to uploading. It also means that if anything happens while uploading (internet connection times out or similar), you need to start all over.
Since it sounds like your main goal is actually to get the photos into your blog, I'd recommend using the moblog function instead. I often do posts like this because all it requires me to do is send an email (from any email address) to my blog (details on that to follow) and once it's sent it will appear on your blog about 5 or 10 minutes later. That way once the email is sent you don't have to worry about timing out or anything like that, plus you don't have to insert the photos into your blog entry. You can just type that straightaway and include the photos right there (note; there are some quirks with putting text in between the photos - not possible on online email accounts anyway, but it is on a mac in Mail -, so I usually tend to just write everything at the top and put the pics at the bottom).
Here's an example of a post I did yesterday this way: Play time
Now, to do this you'll need the ability to compose an email (anything like hotmail or gmail is fine), obviously you'd need to write the email and attach the pictures and then you need the right email address to send the email to.
To get the email address that is unique for your blog, go to the SETTINGS link in your blog control panel and set the "Allow posting blogentries per email" to yes. That will then show you an email address which is the one you'll need to send your emails to. It's a relatively complex email, so I recommend you save it in your contacts or somewhere else easy to find. A much more complete set of instructions can also be found at the link next to that setting or in our FAQ.
Think that's pretty complete, but if anything isn't clear, just ask!
Ok, I'll take some time to digest all this and work on it before I head off on Sunday. Thank you so much for all that. Helen.