In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Far From Normal.”
At last, a WordPress prompt that I think is interesting. Not happy with today’s prompt I kept clicking through “try another prompt” and getting progressively annoyed at their lack of sophistication. I’m a serious writer after all… 😉
Continue reading I’m Different, Just Like Everyone Else
A most enjoyable blogger which I follow has just posted that someone has used one of his images and turned it into a drawing on their blog without letting him know or even acknowledging the source of the image (or ask for permission).
This is a risk we all run, those of us who post photos, and I guess our writing can also be plagiarised. In my first year at university we were given a lecture on plagiarism and its consequences. It is just not worth it to take another’s work and pass it off as your own. It’s dishonest. And to be public discredited can have devastating consequences on one’s future. Not to mention being suspended or asked to leave the university.
Last year, a colleague who is also a popular photo blogger had her photos taken without her permission. It was not the first time. This time it was a small town newspaper (!!) which published one of her images without asking for permission. They did such a shoddy job of concealing the fact that the photo was not their original – they only cropped part of the watermark off! Have you ever…? How idiotic is that?
Many of us bloggers have disclaimers on our blogs, copyright notices, Creative Commons licenses and watermarks on our photos. We even put the watermarks right in the middle of the photo, spoiling the image but ensuring that our right to that photo is ensured.
But it is not a guarantee that someone who is not honest will take it without permission.
The best defense in these cases is to become well known and have lots of followers – which Woolly and my colleague are – such that their images are recognisable and someone will tell them about it.
Just because something is on the web doesn’t mean it’s fair game. Someone took a lot of care to prepare, and pride to present something for the enjoyment of others. That should be respected.
I received a comment this week on my blog:
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So obviously spam disguised as not being spam. With 2 links, one to an old Blogger blog (last post in 2001) and the other I didn’t bother to go and look.
Akismet let this one through!
Now, if I have gone to the trouble of setting up a blog, put a decent theme on and join a blogging group like Sparky’s Blogging Challenge, why would I want to get a tool to write my posts for me?
It defeats the whole purpose of blogging doesn’t it?
WordPress's daily prompt today - Recently Acquired: What’s the most important (or interesting, or unexpected) thing about blogging you know today that you didn’t know a month ago?
Well, what I didn’t know a month ago I still don’t know.
I’m still baffled about how to get featured in the illusive Freshly Pressed – I’m starting to think it doesn’t really exist…in reality…really.
I’ve read all the articles, read all those who’ve been featured, and they’re really great.
I mean I’ve ALSO written SO many great posts and NOT one has featured
I finally know what I am. A Naked Niche blogger!
There are parenting bloggers, food bloggers, DYI bloggers…there are bloggers for all niches. They seems to have loads of followers and build up an audience quickly.
And then there’s the non-niche bloggers, like me. We blog about many topics. Often I don’t know what I’m going to write about as I open my laptop. I call myself an eclectic blogger. I like the term Naked Niche blogger too.
Jen@MuddyBootDreams says it so well: “We’re the ones who go from topic to topic, changing our subjects like our socks. We touch on various ideas. We express our thoughts and our feelings, learning and trying different things as we go.”
With regards to audience she goes on to say: “Your so-called “audience” is made up of real people: bloggers that you follow, and who follow you. They care about what you write, and they come to read your blog because they like you, and you like them. They are not just anonymous commenters who stop by occasionally to learn how to makeover a piece of furniture, find a good chicken recipe, or the best way to hang a curtain rod.”
I’ve found a group of wonderful bloggers in Sparky’s Blog Challenge. We communicate on Facebook.
And it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one out there feeling the way I do. I’m a Naked Niche blogger ;-)!
Read Jen’s full article here.
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