Monday, January 6, 2014

A Word about Blogging and Copyrights.

Hello....if anyone is still reading this, then you have probably noticed that I had twins this past fall, and whoa...that has really changed my life and priorities.

I have also become a bit discouraged by the amount of bloggers out there for the "money". It seems that everyone these days is blogging to make some money, and they are using everyone else's ideas to to so. This doesn't really sit right with me.With the creation of Pinterest, your ideas are really be thrown around the internet too.  I have also had a few of my original ideas "ripped off" for lack of a better word. I found one of them during the holidays- that you will not find anywhere else, and it was being sold at  JoAnn's of all places! I have been advised on this, but have not had the time to completely follow up due to being very busy with twins and 4 other children. I was also advised, that when you publish an idea, with an attached date, even if it is just on your own blog, you are the owner of that idea, and if someone else claims to have created or made it up it,after you, you are the owner of the idea, due to the fact that you published it first. If they reproduce the exact thing, and sell it for profit, you can sue them even if you have not a patent or trademark. You have a copyright, just by the fact that you published it where it is dated,  and that is all you need. This is how I was advised.

This sort of thing has happened to me more than once when I have published something I made up on my blog. If I see an idea somewhere else, and create the exact thing, I will give credit to that person and include a link. I do this often with recipes, even if I change it a little, I will link where I saw the recipe when I share the recipe with you.

 Obviously I am not going to take the time to be the blog police and go after everyone who has taken my work and claimed it for their own or sold it for a profit. {}

So if you find me not sharing as much as I would like to, you will know it is for two main reasons:
one- I have 3 month old twins, and a lot going on with my family; and two- I don't appreciate others stealing from me, even if it is an idea from a blog it is wrong no matter what, and I don't have time to let it upset me, so I'd rather just keep my ideas to myself sometimes.

I know I am probably going to get some "mean mail or comments" from this post. I want you to know I am just going to ignore them. THANK YOU to those of you who have followed me and read this little blog over the years. I'm not ending it, I just may change the direction it is going, and save my good ideas for those who are going to respect them instead of steal them. I appreciate those who have encouraged me, read my posts, and blogged along with me over the  years! Wishing all my readers a very happy and healthy 2014!!

Thanks for reading!

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Nicole said...

Good luck with the twins... My twins are 6, we just had baby #4 and it has seemed as hard as when we had the twins. We have bad babies though! Hope you get some sleep soon!!! and I love all your blog thanks for all the ideas you've shared!!!

Unknown said...

Well said! Enjoy your blog! You can tell your ideas are original and you have actually used these activities with your children...the most important part of this blog! I feel a lot of "mommy blogs" are "staged." Crammed with great ideas that they probably never do. But your ideas are always sincere and creative! Great job! Congrats on the birth of your twins!

Anonymous said...

I have read your blog for a few years, but never commented. I agree with the comment that a lot of other blogs feel fake and staged, and yours does not! Keep true to yourself and know there are probably many more of us silent readers/followers out there :)