A little bit of wind has been taken out of my sails. It’s temporary. But today, I’m frustrated.
FREE IMAGES FROM GETTY
The good news is that Getty has decided to allow us use of millions of photos for free. If I don’t use my own pictures on my blog, I purchase a license to use them from iStockphoto. So, I should be jumping up and down thinking of all the money I’ll save. Except, I’m one of those photographers. What if anyone could take our blog posts and put them up on their site without our permission as long as they link it to our blogs and give us credit? Does it still sound like a good idea?
I’m a stock photographer and have been for the last five years. When I started, my hope was that the income would pay for my travel in the years to come. So I’ve worked hard to keep improving, including purchasing expensive equipment and software.
I’ve made a lot of friends in the stockosphere from all over the world who are concerned about what will happen as this system moves forward. Some of them rely on their stock income to support their families. I know this latest move has changed my plans. With a few minor exceptions, I won’t be uploading more of my work. I hope things improve, but I’m not holding my breath.
LACK OF BLOGGER COMMON COURTESY
One of the best parts of being in the blogging community is the support and friendship of other bloggers. They are always willing to offer tips and inspire me as I learn. So, we comment on each others blogs and have the opportunity to read incredible work. I’ll be able to say I knew them when…as they publish successful books and at some point, have a movie made from their incredible work.
Most of us work full-time in addition to working on our writing addiction, so I understand when people don’t visit my site and comment on a regular basis. Sometimes I have a lot going each week, so I may not be able to do it either. But, when I comment, I try to be thoughtful and sincere.
I commented on a blog post the other day and opened up about a painful part of my life. The post was incredible and it really touched me. I could relate and wanted to offer up my support and my experience. The author of the post hasn’t even taken the time to acknowledge comments from all the visitors.
Please, give me just a little common courtesy and respond to me when I take time out to visit and sincerely comment on your blog. Luckily, this is far the exception rather than the norm. But, I have to admit, this one really bothered me because I shared my heart. So, there is one blog where I won’t be commenting in the future. That gives me more time visit other sites where my participation is appreciated.
Okay, frustrations aired. Sorry for the rant. The good news is I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, including the next session of my tough love writing class. I’m hoping for another amazing breakthrough. And, on top of that, it’s going to be a beautiful day. Spring is in the air.