Before I begin with the usual Friday antics, I wanted to address something that happened over at The Domestic Rebel Facebook page this week.
I was informed from a blog friend that there was a Facebook page that had my pictures and recipes on it. I checked, and sure enough, there were pictures of my Pina Colada Cupcakes and my Mini Ice Cream Cone Cake Pops, along with their recipes. Angry, hurt and confused, I immediately outed the page on my Facebook page for using my pictures and recipes without my permission.
Little did I realize that there was credit given for my recipes and pictures, including a working link to the exact recipe on my site. This person wasn’t claiming to have made my items; rather, their site was more of a collection of recipes, categorized by type of desserts, crafts, and other ideas. They have over 32,000 followers–all of whom staunchly defended the page and its purpose.
After realizing my mistake, I swiftly apologized to the page owner and their fans for my mistake. However, this does bring up questions: how and when is it okay to use someone else’s recipe and photo? To what extent do YOU, as a food blogger, finally say “that’s enough” or consider it having crossed the line? Everyone will have varying opinions. Some will prefer you never repost original pictures and material and will even want you to rephrase the recipe. Others are lax about it–they don’t watermark or label their photos and don’t mind where or how it ends up on different places on the web.
I, however, feel in the middle. People will eventually realize where my photos and recipes came from, even if someone’s trying to hawk it as their own. However, as a food blogger, I put so much heart, thought and time into making each recipe accurate and uniquely delicious, each photograph clear and beautiful, and each post heartfelt and genuine. To know that there are people out there who have stolen and will steal is heartbreaking and maddening… but I can’t control what others will do, and can only hope people will be responsible and respectful of me and my recipes and photographs.
So in the end, everything is understood. I apologized to the page owner and the fans, corrected the mistake publicly on my site, removed the post in question, and have now had a greater fan-base from the page. My photos and recipes are still up, along with the credit, and that’s fine with me for now. I appreciate my blog friend for bringing it to my attention nonetheless, and hope that we can all look out for each other to make sure nothing bad happens to us or our hard work. We’re in this together, ladies!
Okay, enough of this talk. Time for food.
I talked about my near-death experience.
Have you been to DSW? Whether or not you have, I bet you haven’t had a trip like this one.
Okay, so I may have had two near-death experiences this week. At least this one came with cookies.
And I thanked the men in my life for not being gross or weird.
I had company in baking up treats this week! Here’s what caught my eye in BlogLand…
And in other news…
1. Can you believe Rupert Sanders cheated on his wife with Kristen Stewart? I don’t condone cheating in any situation, but if he cheated on her with say, a gloriously sexy supermodel or something, it may be a little better. Cheating on her with some grody chick with an insipid personality and perpetually dumb facial expression? Can you say “downgrade”? Rob, here’s hoping your heart heals swiftly… and remember: rats may make good pets but they don’t make good girlfriends!
2. Can you tell I dislike Kristen? I didn’t make it too apparent, did I?
3. This week, my BFF Dorothy cooked me dinner when I was having a bad day and she invited me to a fun little get-together they’re having on Saturday. I’m excited to have the day off and hang out by the pool with my bestest real-life and bloggy-life girlfriend and be thankful I’m not at work!
4. If you didn’t know, I work at a specialty cheese shop and deli. I’m assuming most of you understand that a cheese shop sells–you guessed it, smartypants!–cheese. Yet the past two days I’ve had over a handful of people ask “what kind of cheese do you have?” at which point I wish I could crawl in a hole and wait until humanity dies off and a new breed of humans who are intelligent will reemerge.
5. Oh, and they never ask for a type of cheese that may be somewhat exclusive. It’s only stupid things like Swiss (which tastes like butt) or Cheddar. What deli doesn’t have those? Come on now.
6. If you didn’t know, I finally caved and got Instagram. And I’m happy to report I’m disgustingly obsessed with it, just like y’all said I would be. What can I say? I’m a voyeur and proud of it.
7. I’m also (regularly updating) on Twitter. So you can hear all my annoying ramblings throughout the day. Yay!
8. So next week, I’m taking a mini blog vacation. I’ll miss you all dearly, but honestly, I need it. Majorly. Or else I’ll rip all my pretty hairs out and start bawling. I’m finding it harder to get inspiration and think a week off should suffice in some mental and creative R&R. Have no fear, though. I have a badass lineup of some seriously talented ladies who will take care of your sweet tooth for the next seven days.
What are your weekend plans? Anything fun? Aside from the get-together tomorrow, I’m meeting my brother’s girlfriend’s family on Sunday for a BBQ, relaxing with a book (I’m reading Stolen and so far, so good), and getting my windows tinted on my car on Monday. Fun, fun!
Have a great weekend!!