The illusion of control
It’s just so annoying when people do not credit photos and steal them directly from your blog. fjkaslfjklse4. Stop it, do not do it.
…..eh….you get used to it…..I’ve learned to shrug it off…..
If they aren’t reposting you, even if they don’t give you credit, you have nothing worth looking at — so consider it a compliment.
I have one follower who never posts anything that he has found on his own or even one picture he has taken of his own. It used to vex me that he was a “blog vampire.” But then I changed my thinking because it was getting way too complicated and this is supposed to be a fun pasttime. Of course I know everyone sees it differently and that is just how I see it - 4 F U N.
So anyway, this fellow just comes through every day and reblogs, reblogs, reblogs. I figure it is not even that he likes what I post, but more of a shotgun approach to his blogging method. Surmising, he figures if he puts enough stuff up there, someone will like it. Good on him. It doesn’t bother me in the least any more.
Sometimes people do reblog and cut your name off - so what? If you really want to keep it copyrighted, there’s certainly ways to do that. You can put them into a slide-show, watermark it among other things. But is it really that important?
I don’t take it personally, because I blog, but I am not “the blog.” I don’t put pictures up here that I don’t want to share. (My personal photographs are just that, personal.) Even the pictures I have taken that I post, I know some people will repost it without citing the source, but we have no expectations of privacy once it hits the web.
I have learned that control is an illusion at best, and a serious neurosis at worst. Let it go, let it be, get on with life.
Copyrighted material? Oh, yeah, that, well, I am not too worried about anything I photograph ending up making money for someone else. If I was, I would be a professional photographer a long time ago. If I ever become a professional photographer, maybe I will have a different slant. Until then, I am not going to spend much time pondering it.
And pictures I find on the net, I try to credit the photographers, though that just is not always possible. Things get on the net, get reposted and reposted, and you can no longer always identify the original source. So I hope no one takes it personally if that happens either. It can come down as fast as it went up if it offends anyone.
I am not in this for a competition, for making money, or for ratings. I just do for enjoyment and relaxation usually in the evenings, because TV doesn’t generally hold my interest unless it is a great movie. During my many surfs on the net, I have learned a lot about geography, new medical techniques, photography, culture, social fads, folklore, art, and a thousand other things — I like to share a bit of that. No ultierior motives - just for fun.
But here’s to those that DO find great stuff to share, THANK YOU FOR SHARING! We all pay the same price here ($0), so the price is right no matter how we choose to use it.
JUST DON’T LET YOUR KARMA RUN OVER YOUR DOGMA - do the right thing, be kind to one another.
Remember we are all fighting our own battles and we definitely don’t have the whole story from a blog, so give others the benefit of the doubt. There’s enough struggle in the world already. Breathe deep, count to 10, and redirect your thoughts to something else more enjoyable.