Hello my faithful readers! This post may irritate you because it’s not about DIY projects nor fashion nor recipes. As you might have noticed on my front page, a few posts and categories have disappeared. Okay, not a few posts, but a lot of them. This has a simple reason: I have erased (or at least I tried to) all of those blog posts containing pictures from other websites. Although I have always – and when I say always, I mean it – linked back to the sources where I found those pictures, one post from two years ago backfired. Apparently they had found a picture for which I should have had a license, and I thought well, let’s just delete the post and the picture and be done with it.
Don’t get me wrong, I am always very thorough when it comes to such things and I’ve always felt a little twitch whenever I would post pictures that were not mine. However, then I thought that all of those blogs that I know would post pictures from other websites and then link back to those sites. It was common I thought, and otherwise my blog would look sad and empty. And I liked about writing fashion and projects of other people, that wouldn’t work without the pictures. Well, guess I was a naïve little brat for thinking like that! Just a week later I got the next email from this very nice agency (I was really lucky they weren’t some lawyer going after the real money), saying that I have to pay for the license for the past two years. It was 300 bucks. In the end I had to pay half of it because my boyfriend talked to them on the phone, but nonetheless it hurt. Not so much the money, but I felt vulnerable all the sudden, although I really got away with a black eye.
So I have definitely learned from this mistake. The same day I deleted all those post with external photos and deleted the single photos again in my backend. And just after 10 minutes, about half of the posts and texts I have written over the past 5 years were gone. That stings. I rearranged the remaining DIY posts and recipes and travel reports so that it wouldn’t look so sad and empty, but it feels that way all the same at the moment.
What comes next? I am definitely not going to just give up after 5 years, just because I have to change my way of blogging. No, this rather motivates me to work even harder for this and be more creative regarding what I post. And I will post something, believe me! Although I don’t always have the time to put M&M first because of my work and studies, I always think about it and I still love to do it. The show must go on! And I do hope that you will follow me on that path.