Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Being both a proud mommy......and mommy blogger, as well as a mompreneur....I have in the last year begun to share my life as a woman, wife and mother to the rest of the world....both to the good....and unfortunately to the bad as well.
The other day, I was privy to a fellow mom/etsy seller who had recently found photos that she had taken of her daughter for her website, in amongst porn photographs on a particular website. Rightly so, she was extremely mortified and angry. That an unknown person, would blatently take photos of her child (without her permission) and use them in a potentially sick and perverted way.
I have to admit....it has made me question my decision to put pictures of my child and family on the web, when potentially these photos could be used for purposes that I am not privy to, nor would I be approving of should I know.
Since having this debate re-brought to my attention the other day...I have thought about, discussed and rediscussed the pros and cons....the reasons for and against.....and have come to my version of a conclusion....which I am allowing myself to change at ANY time!
I have decided to (even with the potential threat) continue adding photos of my family within my blog and my etsy site. I feel that at this time, the visual impact that these photos have is still more positive than negative and have been very fortunate NOT to have my photos pilfered.
To help aid me, I was fortunate to come across a company called Tynt Insight, which will help me monitor who is copying any of my photos on this blog! It provides you with a direct link to any text/image that is copied...and how many times it is copied.
This way, I will feel more in control of any potential situations.
I have in the meantime...removed any photos on posts that even though I feel they are innocent and adorable (naked butt shots)....unfortunately others may find value in.
I whole heartedly feel at this point that I have and will continue to take steps that will insure my childs safety....with some level of anonymity.....
Another debate topic....
HOW much of yourself should you share with your readership? There are some that have exposed the town in which they live...their first and last names....etc etc....
There are also those blogging mamas where EVERYTHING is private....and not even a photo is uploaded.
I would love all insights....where do you stand on both putting pictures of your children on the web/and your level of anonymity with regards to your blog?