i am writing this for all the talented, creative peeps who choose to share their work with the world. the photographers, bloggers, the crafters, the cooks, the artists, the writers and anyone else who has opened themselves up to criticism and praise that comes from being on the web. many of you i know and alot of you i don't. some have been featured here and others i hope to have here one day. i admire your work and equally so think your work not only deserves recognition, but should be credited when used on other sites and blogs.
recently, i had a conversation with a sweet friend (who happened to write one of the first blogs i ever read) about her choice to leave the blogging community. to my dismay, a very not so nice person (insert a few other choice words here) decided to hijack photos of her baby and post them around the web. this not only infuriated me, but caused a bit of sadness since she is quite the talent and takes photos like nobody's business. i will miss seeing them, but lucky for me, we will stay in touch. i must say, it makes me wonder if putting yourself (and your creative talent) out there is really worth it. and if your said talent, experiences, and writing can not be shared, then what's the point of continuing to hone those skills. and even more, why are there people who refuse to respect your work and feel they have the right to just claim it as their own or better yet, to not give credit where it is due.
i have not had anything like this happen, but have had the pleasure of words being copied + pasted off my blog and placed on another. if you have not already, please check out my "blog courtesy" on the sidebar. i would appreciate it ... and i'm sure there are others who would appreciate the same courtesy too.
give credit to me and my peeps.
we work hard on our content.
we strive to be original.
even more, our work is our own.
(and by all means if you find something here that has not been linked correctly, let me know).
this concludes this public service announcement.