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I do believe that social networking is one of the best things you can do to create discoverability for yourself and your books, but completely understand how intimidating it can be for a person standing on the edge of it all. So if you have misgivings about these networking platforms or know someone who is struggling with how to connect with others, I am discussing this exact topic over at The Eagle's Aerial Perspective blog: What To Do...If You Feel Social Networking Isn't Right For You
After all, I think that's what we need sometimes--a view from high up where we can see the big picture and not be scared off by the misconstrued noise of social networking at ground level.
Also, some of you probably read Roni Loren's Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog - My Story. I know most people put pictures with their blog posts and link them to the sites where they found them, thinking this is the right thing to do and will protect them from liability. IT WONT. Roni's story is a 'it could happen to you' situation, so I strongly encourage you to read about her experience if you haven't already.
Kristen Lamb has stepped up to help in this regard, however! If you need pictures for your blog that are free from copyright, you can join WANA Tribe and use her Flickr group built for this purpose. From WANA Commons:
"This is a photo reservoir for the WANAs. Many of us are bloggers, so we come here as one community to share our images for free use by other WANAs without fear of copyright infringement. If you post images in this group, you are claiming to be the owner of copyright and that you are granting us to use these images for free without fear of reprisal."
Here's another post on Where To Get Photos For Your Blog that might help. Becca and I will be changing how and what we post for pictures to make sure we're not infringing on anyone's copyright, and I strongly suggest you do as well.
Well, it's Monday and the world is your bag of Doritos. I hope everyone is having a great summer and writing up a storm! Have a happy and productive week! :)