|Free picture from Stockvault|
I’ve been busy with deleting the Man Candy, Hot Couple and Happy Gay Friday pictures that I used over the years on my blog. It made me kind of sad, because all those beautiful photos were a big part of the joy of blogging for me. Especially in the early days of my blog I posted a lot of pictures. But after reading Roni Loren’s post “Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued for Using Pics on Your Blog – My Story” I realized I was using other people’s intellectual property without their permission. And apart from the possibility of getting sued, that’s just not something I want to do. It has been ignorant of me to not realize that before, but now I know and don’t want to continue with it.
Hence, all the black squares where there used to be pictures in previous posts. That’s because I deleted the pictures directly from my Picassa-album, instead of going through all the posts one by one. It makes a bit more of a mess, but
it’s easier to find all the pictures that I think are copyrighted. I will go through the posts one by one later to repair stuff or maybe replace some pictures after I asked for permission to use them. We’ll see how that goes, but at least now I can take the time to do so without further infringing someone’s copyrights.
I also went through my boards on Pinterest and will do the same with my Tumblr account soon.
Meanwhile I’ve been thinking what I’ll do with my Happy Gay Friday posts… They won’t be the same without a Happy Gay Couple picture of course…
But I was thinking, since my HGF posts have evolved over the years from picture posts to little updates from me on my reading, internet and my life anyway, I can keep doing them.
Although I might change them a bit, so that there will be one, or a few, recurring book feature(s) every Friday.
I am thinking about a revival of my ‘Sexy, Smutty Scenes’ feature for example, and the ‘Cover Love’ feature that I used to do for a short period. Or maybe I start a ‘New (to me) Authors’ feature (like Tam is doing occasionally on Fridays).
After last Friday’s post I was already making plans for a ‘Recommended Reads’ feature, but not necessarily on a HG Friday, although maybe now I will do it on Fridays. I’ll have to think about it some more and see what works best for me, I guess.
Also, I’m going to look into stock photo sites to see which pictures can be used for free, because some images to illustrate my posts will be nice every now and then. :) Even if they're of the non man candy kind…
Happy Gay Friday!~