There is value in giving up. I’m sure of it. I mean, how many hours is it worth to get the image for your blog to fit in the blasted little square? I’m not sure, but I know it is not the number of hours I’ve spent futzing with it.
I’ve been a financial analyst, so I know the mesmerizing quality of figures run through various scenarios. I’ve already admitted to being blog-stat-enchanted. Neither of these practices come close to the effort I will put into something that “only needs a tweak.”
There in lies the fallacy.
There is no such thing as “only needs a tweak.”
In the spirit of the original cookie to a mouse, each tweak inevitably leads to another. and another. and another. Maybe this is because I have no real idea of what I’m doing. I’m ready to admit that freely. However, as a writer, I need an online presence. I also need a way to promote my book through the site I created for that purpose. In order to do that, I either need a lot of green – so not happening – OR I need the stubborn determination and dumb luck to do it myself.
So here is my newfound wisdom. If you take a .eps file (scalable which means it can be made to fit the space you have in mind) and you convert it into a .png file because WordPress doesn’t take .eps files, you need to have the .eps graphic at the size and resolution you desire. Why? Because once it’s a .png, it’s the size it is. Forever. And what might that size be for the image widget? Your guess is as good as mine!
I decided that posting in the forum is not giving up. It is rallying to try a different approach. I sure hope it works because if it doesn’t, it’s going to bug me every time I look at the space on this blog where I really want a little square image.