Why I don’t post (family) photos in my blog

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Posted on : 13-06-2009 | By : dutdot | In : Life's Musings, Parenting

Three years ago, I had a blog that held my first name. I knew then that my first name’s not unique, so naming my blog domain after my name wasn’t a bad idea. I posted a few pics of my husband and me, and someone (his ex, probably) spotted that blog! Gotcha. Since that girl knew it’s, indeed, my blog, she contacted me via txt msg [I posted my mobile no., too. Well, posting a mobile number (using Phil. globe and smart numbers) isn’t a bad idea. You can always change your number and your mobile number isn’t attached to your national identification number, unlike here in our new place where my mobile no. is attached to my ID, and for all of my transactions in the bank, mall, and everywhere – name it.]

That girl didn’t mention her name, but I abruptly sensed who she was from the way she texted me. Anyway. After that incident, I immediately removed my photos from that blog.

Today, I read a story that explains further why I don’t like posting my family photos in my blog. Sure hope I can blog about my baby everyday, but I am just too afraid of posting her pics online (especially in blogs or in the Web that stores forever what we input on it). I don’t know who might stumble upon my photos and use them without my permission – just like the story of a mom blogger, Danielle Smith.

Mom blogger, Danielle Smith, posted her family picture in her blog, and that family photo ended up in a life-sized Czech grocery store ad! She says, “…it’s a little flattering and creepy”. Indeed, it is. For one thing, the one responsible for getting the picture and made it an ad didn’t ask for her permission nor paid her for using the family photo.

I post my family photos in social networking sites. But I do make sure that they are locked. I choose the people who I give access to view the photos. If posting photos cannot be prevented, particularly, in open or public sites, Ms. Smith shared a lesson that can be learned from the said incident:

Always use low-resolution images (so they don’t look so good when enlarged) or stick a digital watermark on the photo.

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