If you are a new blogger like I am, then it is imperative that you join a blogging community! You will learn incredibly important information from your peers that will be vital to your success as a blogger. For instance, last weekend, while perusing my various networks, I learned something that terrified me – you can get sued for using photos off the web without permission!!! What?? Yes!!!
Roni Loren wrote a vitally important post on her blog for fellow bloggers who need to be educated about fair use for photos. After reading it, I went through all of my previous posts and deleted any photos I didn’t own. Then, using the networks she suggests in her post (you can’t use just any photo you find online – it has to be approved for use), I found photos to replace some of the ones I had taken down, and attributed them to their original authors in the “alt text” line under the photo’s properties.
I wouldn’t have known about any of this if I hadn’t joined a blogging community where I could be exposed to important posts like Roni’s. If you are a new blogger and haven’t joined a community yet, I suggest you start at The SITS Girls and Blogher, then look for something local to you as well. Trust me on this – I wouldn’t know half of what I do without my networks!
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