(Photo by ??? Read below and find out! -- 2012: Lake Michigan Sunset)
First, I want to again thank my good friend Don "DL" Hammons for his awesome guest post on Tuesday! As with everything he posts on his Cruising Altitude 2.0 blog, it was an entertaining and informative post written with the warm, personal, and open style that makes DL such a compelling blogger and author. Thank you again, Don!
Also, I want to welcome and thank everyone who came to visit my blog as a result of DL's posting. While I've unfortunately been a little too busy this week to respond to all the comments consistently, or to yet be able to return the visits and follows, I want you to know that I greatly appreciate your stopping by and that I will be returning the favor very soon. And if you decided to become a new follower of my blog, I hope that you will find my ramblings and postings worthwhile. Feel free to contact me directly if you ever have comments, thoughts, or feedback about my blog or anything you see posted here.
So, now -- are you wondering about the title of today's post?
Well, quite a while ago, I posted about how I realized I was a bit of a thief when it came to my writing, but this post isn't more about that. This isn't about how I've been influenced by the writers I've read and loved. No, this isn't even about writing. This is about my blog.
Notice the picture above? What do you think of it?
Well, it may not seem like it has much to do with the title of this post, it actually has everything to do with it. Because compared to most of the images I've posted on my blog in the past, there's something very special about that picture of the sun setting over Lake Michigan.
I took it myself.
Live and in person. Last month, with my own camera -- well, actually with the camera of my Droid Razr cell phone.
I've been feeling more and more uncomfortable with my method of Googling a subject and then 'borrowing' one of the images that came up. I would never steal someone else's words, so what makes it acceptable to simply take some of the images I find around the web?
So it's stopping. For all posts from this point on, any image you find on my blog will either be my own, will be public domain, or will be used only with permission. And they will all be fully attributed.
But you know what? I plan to make most of them my own. This is a blog about writing, which is a creative process, so I think trying to create my own images fits well. I like the idea of using as much of my own stuff as possible. They might be poorly photographed; they might be awkwardly edited in GIMP (a free open-source photo editing tool I'm trying to learn); and they might have little to do with the topic of the post they're attached to.
But they'll be mine. Created by me. And I'll be a thief no more.