For the last couple days, I’ve been troubled by an email I received regarding a post I did a few months ago.
I had recently sent an email to a few people inviting them to visit my site. I know them quite well, and thought that they would enjoy my site and seeing what was going on in my life and with my family.
Well, one person went to the site out of curiosity and found a post that they didn’t care for.
As always, it contained pictures (shocker, right?) and I was informed that it was not appreciated that certain pictures were posted because I did not receive permission from them to be placed online in the first place as they do not personally participate in any kind of online forum (social or otherwise).
I had inadvertently
committed one of the most hanis crimes forgotten one of the major rules in the blogging world when it comes to posting photos of people: always get permission.
It was totally unintentional. Actually, since I knew this person rather well, I didn’t think that it would be a terrible thing. I should have thought better of that.
Not only was I chastised for the picture being on my blog, but it was also assumed that I used it on other social media sites that I have (which is wasn’t, since I don’t post photos anywhere but here).
Additionally, this person also included other people in the picture as not being a fan/participant of the aforementioned sites. Great, now I’ll have 2 people that I care about pissed at me.
And the day had started out so good, too.
Nonetheless, I was totally in the wrong. So I did the socially responsible thing and removed the post from my site and emailed them back and apologized, swearing that I will never again in this lifetime post anything remotely having to do with them.
There are 2 major feelings I have with this situation:
1. I feel really bad that I did not get permission before posting the pictures. I totally respect other people’s personal decisions when it comes to not wanting their photos and personal information exposed to the general public.
2. I’m having a really hard time letting go of the assumption that I would blatantly advertise these photos in other forums, as well as give away personal information about the people that were in them so that gods-knows-what could be derived from them and possibly cause harm to them.
But as always, nothing is foolproof, so as a respectable blogger, I listen to people when they talk and do the best I can to make them happy.
And as I do every day, I learn something new. Only some lessons carry a higher price than others.
Sadly, I don’t think that this person will ever visit my site again, much less talk to me.
These are some of the unfortunates of being a blogger.
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