The Almost Last Post
Dear friends and other readers who have come here regularly without me knowing who you are …
After much serious thought, I’ve decided that the time has come for me to close down Postcards from Wildwood and to leave WordPress.
Leaving WordPress saddens me, firstly because I’ve found the support team to be fantastic, but also because I know how things work here. With just a couple of things that, in an ideal world I could have tweaked, my blogging experience with WordPress has been truly enjoyable. However, not having control over who gets to use my photos has become an issue that I simply cannot resolve here. I won’t go into details, because my recent post about Pinterest, and the discussion following on from that in the comments sets out the main sticking points. What I will add is that within the past week I worked out how to use Google Image Search and ran just three of my images through it. What I found was shocking. The entire set of twelve images from one of my tutorials had been lifted and used with another blog’s watermark superimposed (very badly) on top of mine. Other images had been lifted, the watermarks cropped off, and they were being used to lure people to websites that either seemed to have no purpose or that had a distinctly unpleasant purpose. Bearing in mind that ‘pinners’ had even started to remove family photos from my blog – even after I added a personal caption directly to each of those images to the effect that this was a personal family image and I would not give permission for it to be used on any other blog or website – quite simply the thought that these, too, may have found their way on to sites such as the ones I encountered broke my heart. I decided not to explore further. All I will say is this: if you decide to give the Google Image Search a go with your own images, prepare yourself for what you may discover.
For a while, this was going to be The End of my foray into blogging. But I changed my mind. Instead, I will be starting a new blog on a different blogging platform, and I hope to have this up and running before the end of the month. I hope that those of you who have enjoyed Postcards from Wildwood will want to join me in my new virtual home. There’ll be a slightly different spin on the posts, but they will still be based around my creative activities. That’s the plan, anyway!
When I’m ready to go ‘live’ I’ll put one more post up here, directing you to the new location. But if you want to be sure to know where I’m going, please let me know and I’ll send you an email when the first post is up. In fact that first post is already written – but there’s a bit of setting up to be done and learning how things work with the new blogging platform before I can click on the Publish button.
You can leave a message in the comments here – I will see your email address, so no need to say more than ‘Yes, let me know!’ Or if we’re already in touch you can of course just send me an email.
Whether you decide to come with me to the new blog or not, I want to take this opportunity to thank all my blog friends and those readers who have preferred to be anonymous for spending some moments of the past four years with me. I wish all of you happiness, success and a wonderful life.