Temperature inversionPosted: January 26, 2012
Warm and cold were battling it out here in the Bogs this morning. We had what is called a temperature inversion where the air up above is warm, causing rain, but down below it’s freezing, causing the rain to turn to ice when it hits the trees and the ground and everything else in the cold zone.
A while back I asked you all how you felt about reblogging. The reason I asked was because, at the time, my posts were being reblogged on an almost daily basis on a blog that had no original content. Reblogging not only picks up words, but images. All images. I had a post reblogged this morning that picked up the image and displayed it larger than I do on my blog. (Yes, yes… I resize my images for the web so the larger display wasn’t all that pretty.)
The problem I have with this is that I would prefer that people visit my blog to view my images. That doesn’t seem unreasonable to me. I also don’t like it when people use my images and words without at least asking me first so I will have a chance to see where and how those words and images might be used (or what they will be associated with). I don’t think that’s unreasonable either.
Chances are extremely good that if you ask me, I’ll allow you to use an image or reblog a post as long as it’s not for commercial purposes (in which case, we need to talk about payment). I’m thrilled when someone likes my work enough to want to link to it or use it in some way. I am not thrilled, however, when posts that I work hard on, and images that are mine, appear somewhere without my permission. It looks and feels like content theft although WordPress insists it is not. How do I reconcile this with my stance against SOPA?
I don’t know. The thing is, I don’t mind reblogging in theory. What I mind is the lifting of content whole hog with the press of button and without so much as a by-your-leave. To me that looks and feels different than a quote and a link. At least with the quote and the link the blogger had do a little work to get there, and they (usually) aren’t lifting images with the quote. A solution that I think might work well for all involved would be to have the reblog button become a request to reblog so the author of the images and content has a chance to approve or disapprove the reblogging of their post(s).
I gave some thought to moving to another blog hosting website. The problem with that is it’s too confusing for some of my friends and family who are not internet savvy, and it’s a pain for those who do know what they are doing to have to change their links. Instead, I will probably have to accept that reblogging is here to stay and find some way to live with it. I have posted my reblogging policy over in the sidebar. I’ll be surprised if those inclined to reblog on a regular basis (those without original content) bother to read or follow it. After all, they don’t have to. WordPress says it’s OK.
Thank you for stopping by the Bogs for a visit today. I apologize for the rant. Regular programming (without the “do not reblog” on all the photos) will resume tomorrow. It’s entirely possible that by tomorrow I’ll have changed my mind and I’ll be one of reblogging’s biggest fans. You never know.
Your turn: What are your thoughts on reblogging? How do you feel about blogs with no original content reblogging your posts? And do you care whether or not someone lifts your images without your permission as long as it links back to your blog?