How to Find Amazing Photos You Can Legally Use and Add Text To

Here's the thing: You can't use someone else's photo on your blog or in social media without permission. Even if you give attribution and a link back to the photographer. Even if everyone you know does it all the time. Even if you think the photographer will like the promotion you're giving her. Even if you have ASKED permission from someone to use one of her photos in the past! ...more
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Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don't Own on Your Blog

One of the things I learned early on was that a post with a photo always looked nicer than one with just text. So I looked at what other people were doing for pictures.  And mostly it seemed that everyone was grabbing pics from Google Images and pasting them on their sites. Sometimes with attribution, most of the time without. And when I asked others (or looked at disclaimers on websites and Tumblrs), it seemed that everyone agreed using pics that way was okay under Fair Use standards. ...more
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5 Excellent Examples of Effective Blogger Journalism

Ever wonder how much difference you can make by doing independent reporting on your blog? I’ve seen many women do excellent investigative journalism through their websites. Read on to find out more about how these bloggers did their own legwork to produce journalism that rivaled — and even scooped — established media outlets. Yoani Sanchez Stands Up to the Cuban Government   ...more
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So I Posted Photos of My Kid Online and This is Where They Ended Up

And somewhere along the way, strangers started tuning in. Which was cool. I started to make connections with people going through the same struggles I was. This blogging thing was SO! SO! FUN! Now, I wasn't totally naive. I knew there were weirdos trolling the internet. And I've never hit POST without first considering what I was putting out there for the world to see. No last names, no nudity, no addresses or specifics. ...more
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