I don't know for sure, but this may be my swan song as a Blogger if we can't among us all figure out what to do about all the stealing and plagiarism going on of our blog content and photos. I first started hearing about this a couple of years ago. One blogger that I loved, a woman in Norway, has closed her blog to anyone who isn't invited. Sarah at A Beach Cottage in Australia reported problems quite a while ago, her work actually being published in a magazine, if I remember correctly, under someone else's name!
It is taking forever and a day trying to watermark photos one at a time. The batch-marking programs that I have looked at are evidently written for Windows computers, but if you know of one that works with a Mac, I want to hear about it! I still don't what to do about protecting my written content.
On these photos I have used PicMonkey (which I love) to add the text, but I don't know if this is the same as an actual watermark. (I do hope so!) Trying all their various fonts till I found one I like was an experience. I don't
know about you, but I blog for fun not profit, and this ain't fun! I have other things to do! I know you all do, too!
I think we need to set aside one special day, and everyone who blogs should share their experiences and what if anything they have done about it. Some are truncating their posts. That's fine. I will click one or two more times. Nobody wants word verification, but turn it off and guess what? The porn sites have glommed on. Porn Spammers are hitting my blog big time. Yes, I have reported them. Someone already stole my blog button, you know!
Blogger and all the other blogging platforms are going to have to get with it and ramp up the protection of our content, or there will be a mass exodus of Bloggers, I promise! Most of us work hard on our posts because we enjoy sharing what we do, but when someone else takes the credit -- NONONONO!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch wrote an extensive article a few days ago on this subject, and today I received another one from Miss Mustard Seed. There are some valuable pointers in there, but you know what? This is taking all the fun out of blogging. It is becoming too much WORK! Since I am not getting paid, I certainly don't want to work this hard. I am not a tekkie geek, and I do not want to spend the rest of my precious time here on earth learning stuff that the baddies are just going to find a way around anyway.
So having said my piece, I am going to give you the rest of the photos for this tablescape. Enjoy them.
|We pop the cork if someone comes up with an answer!|
|The salad plate is Ralph Lauren "Mandarin Blue"|
|I do love my tassels|
|This little cup was my mother's as was the one below.|
Both were "Made in Occupied Japan."
|"Red Aves" by Royal Crown Derby demitasse cup|
|This is the Wang Dang Doodle part!|
|I love The Blues, and KoKo Taylor could belt out 'Wang Dang Doodle' like nobody else.|
|You may remember the little vintage pink champagnes I found at an estate sale a few months ago|
|The lace topper is from my husband's Grandma|
|The yellow cloth was my mother's|
|Stemless wines glasses, Orrefors.|
The blue goblets, Pier 1 many years ago.
Dinner plates are antique English, bearing the mark Baker & Co. (one of the Staffordshire companies) from a Dallas estate.
I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and Susan at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday.
On Friday, I am joining these ladies:
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Updated: I have added Copyscape -- check it out. Also, I have looked at several watermarking applications for Mac. I will have more to say on those next week.
I am going to start a list of spammers I find on my site. Naturally I will report them. I think I will Tweet it and Facebook it too -- what do you think? If everyone reports them, maybe they will get buried. We can only hope? If you see this one, report it: pregolom.com
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