Have you ever gone to Google Images? I go there from time to time, especially when I’m trying to identify a bird or bug or butterfly.
Have you ever gone to Google Images and typed in your web address or blog name? They are out there “harvesting” our photos. They do say the photo MAY be subject to copyright but, nonetheless, there they are. When I typed in Featherstone Quiltworks, I got 450 photos. My photos.
This isn’t new to me. I’ve noticed it for some time. That’s why, on my favorite nature photos, I add a watermark of “(c) www.suehecker.com” across the photo. It’s really too bad, because I feel it spoils the photo for my blog readers, and I know I probably have as many reading for the birds as for the quilts.
THE CHANGE: I’m posting my photos, even my favorites, without a watermark. Then after three or four days, I will swap out the “clean” photo for a watermarked photo. As in the example above, I’m not that concerned that the whole watermark is readable, as the photo does link back to my blog. I just want something across the face of it.
This will affect you if you’re someone who stops by once a week to catch up on what’s new. If it’s important to you to see the clean photos, you might want to sign up for Google Reader or whatever notification service works for you. With my new “theme”, I have the orange FEED button in the upper right. Click on the orange FEED button and that will help you sign up for notification of new content on this blog.
I use Google Reader and I love it. I am notified when there’s new content on the 45 or so blogs that I follow. (Compared to Vicki W, that’s a pretty small number!!!) Let me know if you need help or have questions, either through a comment or the Contact Me button at the top of the page. I’m not an expert, but I’ll do the best I can.