Saturday, June 1, 2013

DO NOT DO WHAT I DID! (a blogging lesson)

You may already know this, but I didn't.

A while back, I did a series of informational posts on two subject matters near and dear to my heart: Gestalt and Color Theory.

I got great feedback, and it made me feel great to share information learned in design classes - information I've never seen anywhere else. 

I found visual examples for the various principles using Pinterest. I was excited to find the wealth of visual examples availble there!

Don't get me wrong - this is NOT a Pinterest-bashing post.   I STILL LOVE PINTEREST. This is a post about how NOT to use Pinterest, to avoid yourself time and headaches in the future.

Usually, the photos I use in this blog are my own, taken by me, of my own projects and my own home.

Recently, I looked at one of my Gestalt posts, only to find every single photo link gone. They all had that little "broken" image icon thingy. I was shocked!

Face it - a post without photos to illustrate design concepts is not worth looking at; it is useless. 

Now, I have two options:

Option 1 - stage and take new photos of my own that illustrate the concepts, which would be very time consuming. 

Option 2 - download photos to my computer and link them from there, so they won't disappear in the future. Of course, I'd still give credit to the source, but would not rely on the source to keep the photos indefinitely.

I will never again post a photo using a URL from another web site as my source. The photos may disappear without a trace.

Since I loved those posts, I'm going to redo them. The information is of value, and the posts deserve to be done again. 

My advice to all bloggers who link to commercial sites or Pinterest photos in your posts: BEWARE. 

If you have any advice you would like to share, please do so in a comment. 

Word for the Day:
Ecclesiastes 12:12
My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

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Kathy said...

Sorry, I have no words of encouragement or wisdom. I am just shocked that this has happened. I am like you and wouldn't have thought anything about it. Yikes, Good Luck Kathy

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I recently noticed...I had a very similar thing happen to one of my posts ...with inspiration photos from Pinterest...and they are gone.

I say...Phoo-ey!
I had to put my post as a draft and it needs repairing too.
frustrating. to your title...
I say...Too late. I already did it!

Lesson learned. Pat

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Thanks for sharing. I wouldn't have thought about that happening either. I rarely look at my older posts. Maybe I should. Have a Blessed day!

lynn said...

so sorry, revi...i save the pics in a folder with credits, just in case. enjoy your weekend!

tibby said...

We thank you gor the double effort

Anne said...

Ugh so sorry that happened to you!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Also, check before you repin something to see if the original source is a blog or website or what. I pinned something I wanted to save for future reference, but when I went back to it to enlarge it for a project, I discovered the original link no longer had that image and perhaps there never was one. some people just upload pics that they take some other way. Very frustrating. I hope you can redo your post, because sometimes people go back for another look later when they want that information. What a pain for you!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The same thing happened to me! Luckily it was just two of the five photos I posted but still frustrating. Thanks for sharing.

Jeannie and Linda said...

So sorry that happened to you! Thanks you for the warning. Your scripture is the one my hubby and I studied this am! One Holy Spirit!

Linda at The French Hens Nest