Blogger Problems

Prob·lem n. A matter or situation regarded as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.

I knew becoming a “blogger” would be hard, but I really did not know all the ins and outs of how much goes in to it.

Let’s start with the fact that this post will have 0 pictures in it. Will you continue reading? Or even better, will you do a web search and see if I am borrowing one of your pictures?

I say this because I received a very interesting (for a lack of a better word) blog comment on my “are you vulnerable?” post. You won’t be able to see it because it has been placed in my spam folder. It was a very un-polite comment on how I stole a picture of his and he wanted to report me blah blah blah…

Ok, yes I took it serious because A. I don’t want to have pissed off people threatening me, and B. It ain’t that serious dude.

The picture was of two owls with its head cocked to the side. It was a cool picture and it supported my writing for that post. It has become easier for me to find some cool pictures via GOOGLE (you know the internet with little rules) that go with my thoughts, than for me to take random ass pictures. I mean seriously…when the hell will I have an opportunity to take a  picture of of two owls with funny faces?

Exactly dude that’s why I GOOGLE searched and used your awesome picture. I was always taught that copying is the biggest form of flattery, but I guess this dude must be from the north or something.

I get it…you don’t want people using your stuff yeah yeah yeah…

Well you don’t have to be so rude about it! I’m still learning! I was also taught that you get more of what you want my treating people with respect and being kind to others! It would not have been hard for him to just say, “not sure if you are aware, but you are using my picture in your blog. I would appreciate it if you would remove it”…wow, that was simple! 

But NO! He had to send me some threatening note about reporting me and all that jazz. Well, I did take the higher road and removed the picture. I also sent him a straight to the point email thanking him for brining it to my attention and that I was a new blogger and his picture was removed. He proceeded to give me a lecture how all pictures are copyrighted..blah blah blah. 

Listen dude…it ain’t that serious! YOUR WELCOME! 

Sorry for all the venting, but being a new blogger is hard! There isn’t a rule book (and if there is I would love one)! My point is, people make mistakes, people are unaware, what may be old news to you may be new to someone else. You don’t have to be rude to get your point across. 

From here on out I will be more original with my pictures (so I apologize in advance for any stupid filler pictures :) ). I won’t be a copy cat and I WILL be nicer to people to make up for the slack of those who just insist on being douche bags.

Question:

If you are a blogger, have you had this happen to you? Anything similar?