Some time back, I shared a site called Singingfish.com. I thought it was so cool that you can type in a band or a song, get the properties and share that music on your blog.
I love to showcase artists and I’m sincerely trying to give them free publicity. If I’ve put up an image, I’ve always given a name and links to their website so you can visit them. I do hope that someday, when my books are out that people will spread the word for me as well.
But again, I learned a lesson the hard way. When you direct link (actually put a working link on your blog), it’s stealing. Stealing bandwidth. I had no idea– and feel pretty dumb for not realizing. (I seem to be sharing a lot of things I don’t know on this blog– <g> )
In WordPress, you can put a picture on your blog by direct linking or you can load it onto your server. Believe me– load it. There’s a reason they give you a certain amount of space for images.
Am I the only yahoo who didn’t realize this? Maybe since I use free services, it never occured to me. I have bought my domains but haven’t built websites yet, so I have no direct experience. I always loaded on blogger, but have had trouble here, so I direct linked a couple of images. Oops. Do me a favor, if you’re ever exploring the Write Snark and find one of my booboos, shoot me an email at RElliott4@aol.com and I’ll repair right away. I am going back through and deleting a lot of stuff– but I could miss something.
If you want to read about bandwidth stealing, go here. http://www.tipz.net/Bandwidth.htm
I’m still learning the ins and outs of blogging it seems. But I’m getting frustrated with it. I just love to use images to make the blog more interesting. For my scene from a pic, I usually get the images from “free to use” sites. Trust me, stick to those. Think I’ll also stick with just telling you about good music I find (sending you to their websites) and writing about the writing life. Can’t steal from myself, eh? <g>
And speaking of frustrating… the look of this blog may change again. Each “skin” has specific details. It seems one of this one’s details is a lack of date on the posts. I’m trying to remedy the situation, but think it’s a template option. Grr… I promise, once I find the right one with decent fonts, dates and colors I can stand, I stay put. Have patience with me. <smooch!>