Rethinking My Blog - Picture Wise

I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately and I have decided to really start limiting the photos I put of the kids on my blog.  I know this is one of the reasons why I created my blog was to give moms ideas with their children.  My fear as a parent is some moron will steal my photos, change them in some way and post them for the world to see on a public site.  This fact personally scares the crap out of me because I have no control over who sees my kids and what they put on there (my kids names or whatever).  With the computer age I am well aware that there is no real privacy but to have some Tom, Dick or Harry take my photos, add something to them and re-post them as their own.  In my opinion this is an invasion of my privacy and goes against everything I have ever been taught.  I have had a person steal photos of my children and claim them as their own in the past, which led me to watermarking and not using names of my kids.  I really started thinking about this then but I decided against it because my blog revolves around arts, crafts and my kids.  The catalyst was: I had a couple good friends go through the FUBAR of having to get their photos removed from a site.  Did you know if someone does that you have to prove you are the rightful owner of the photo and it can take up to a MONTH to get photos removed!?  I guess my point is once again if you didn't take the photo, you don't own it and can not do what you please with it.

My kids are a huge part of my blog (and my life) for that reason I am going to start limiting the photos.  For example when my kids "help me" on a project I will show their hands but not their faces.  Maybe I am just being paranoid but my kids did not ask for this blog, I did.  I am not ashamed of my family in any way shape or form.  In fact the opposite is at work here I am very proud of my family and want to protect their privacy. 

I still plan to show the kids every now and then but they will not be as prominent as they have been in the past.  I know this will upset quite a few people because they enjoy seeing pictures of the kids but please understand I am trying to protect my family from crazies (lol - I am well aware the world is full of them but it helps put my mind at ease.)

My favorite Far Side Cartoon EVER!  When I worked at the hotel, this was laminated above my computer on my desk!