Hello design lovers!
I'm back at writing after three hectic weeks!
Quite exciting things have happened: I travelled to Cologne for three weeks in a row for a new cool project, still secret, that I'm doing with Design Command. Some colleagues were on holidays so the job absorbed lots of my energy. But we are a dynamic bunch of girls so we delivered all the tasks... Congratulations to us!! :)
Also, last week it was my turn to take four days of holidays; so me and Rick went to Warsaw to visit my grandfather, who lives there with his polish wife. Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen some pictures of their beautiful garden. Starting the day surrounded by nature, eating handmade jam and fresh fruit, was so refreshing that going back to a grey London was instead less than ideal, I have to admit.
And then something unexpected happened...
I decided to join the 5 days pinning challenge by Jen Stanbrook, who is the author of the Love Chic Living blog and a Pinterest expert. She sent emails to teach me how to create a killer Pinterest strategy (and still I haven't had a chance to put it into practice). But one particular email got my attention: she wrote the one thing that no one tells you about blogging...
Bloggers are not supposed to post Pinterest pictures on their blog, not even if they give credit to that pin.
Instead, if you are a blogger, you should find the very original source of each picture (usually a photographer or another blogger) and ask directly for their permission. Once you receive it, you can finally post the image.
I did my research and some people have actually been sued for not doing this!
You can read here the story of Roni Lauren who got sued for using pics on her blog, even though she didn't take any credit for them.
It really opened my eyes and since then I spent hours tracking back every single picture I posted so far. In fact, some of my previous posts have disappeared: they are not gone forever, they are on hold until I sort this out.
I'm really glad that I learned this so soon in my blogging career. And I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible because there is still a lot of confusion around this topic.
Check out this post from Louise Myers who explains everything about copyright infringements and why you should STOP pilfering Pinterest pictures.
So that's it. Let me know if you'd like me to show you the "safe" sources to look for amazing interior pics. Now I know quite a few!
I'd like to thank Jen Stanbrook for the heads up; it's great to have a mentor while starting this new career.
And by the way, I recommend you to follow her free course "7 steps to a killer Pinterest strategy". Because we all still love Pinterest, right?