“I'm sorry, I tried to follow your blog, but the the addition of your blog name right in the center of every picture is too much. It's distracting and completely annoying.”
C’mon, tell me how you really feel…
Not surprisingly, this commenter did not have an email address to reply back to nor a Blogger profile (I’m sorry I’m not sorry that will be the only bitchy and snarky comment on this post). However, if I could reply back, this is what I would say…
It’s very plain and simple, it’s the internet! It all started after reading this post on Becky’s blog where some stranger was using her photos and claiming her daughter was their own. Not only is that wrong on so many levels but it’s just creepy. While I may not have an innocent child to protect, my photos are my property and while I choose to share them with you all, I do not want them stolen from me. I mean, how easy is it to right click and “save-as” or get the image location? People are able to use your own image and not cite your blog. Therefore, I watermark all my pictures.
I completely understand this is my own opinion and not everybody agrees or wants to go through the trouble of watermarking. And that is one hundred percent ok! However, I decided after reading Becky’s post to start doing it to all of mine. Sure, I could only do it to the pictures that have people in it or do it the pictures that are “worth” marking. But, I have gotten in the habit of doing all photos. While I’m editing and rounding the corners anyway, I might as well add my blog name to the picture.
Of course, to make it less “distracting,” I could always move the watermark to the corner or somewhere not as noticeable. But how easy would it be for somebody to crop it out and use it as their own? I understand that if you find it annoying, then you definitely should not waste your time with my blog because all of my photos will be watermarked. However, I just thought I would let you know why I’m doing it.
How do you feel about watermarking?