Here are a few quick tips for blogging newbies who dont want to annoy people!
I wouldnt call myself a blogger but i do try to keep my website here updated with new shoots, and im on twitter and facebook, its not something I enjoy but i do my best! I want to write this now because it seems that not everyone would be as conscientious as the next and sometimes things get ‘shared’ ( read stolen) without the original owner being notified or linked. This is a very dodgy thing to do these days but there are copyright laws in place and the more people know about them the better.
Im not going to go into alot of detail as i think its all very obvious, its not my area of expertise and a quick google will find you loads of websites dedicated to blogging and the etiquette involved but here are a few little things that are easy to fix.
1. Give Credit Where Credit is Due!
Big number 1 pet peeve of mine is people using my photos without asking me, linking me, tagging me, etc you get the jist. It doesnt take alot to type “taken by lucytakesphotos, heres her website……….” its the polite thing to do, if you havent paid for it, you dont own it!!! grrrrr!! I really don’t want to start putting an ugly watermark all over my images.
Luckily I normally work with people who stick to the rules but Ill never forget the day I saw a photo of mine (Pixellated because they stole a low res image from facebook) on a HUGE poster in a shop window in the middle of the town where I live. It really annoyed me then, the excuses annoyed me and i still get angry just writing about it now!! dont do it.
2. Original Content
Don’t assume that if you credit the author there is no copyright infringement: a lot of people wrongly think that if they credit the author of an article or image they are not violating the copyright law. You can only use copyrighted material if you have explicit permission from the author to do so.
The argument that you put something online and its going to get used/shared/stolen/edited is not one that can be used these days, you will sound ignorant if you use that excuse.
Also its always best to write your own content, dont just add the link to someone elses page, its bad for google search results and it makes you look lazy.
3. Be Yourself
Be yourself, you have your own unique ideas, be interesting! Dont write content just for SEO. Yawn!
So thats it really, a few quick tips. We all make mistakes but hopefully a bit of research is all it takes and if you want to find out more have a google or sign up for a blogging course in your area.