I don’t know why, but I’m constantly amazed by the writing community. I’ve never seen so many people belonging to a certain way of life being so supportive of one another, and it does a lot to for that whole ‘faith in humanity’ thing, doesn’t it?
When one writer falls, no less than four will be there to help them up, no questions ask. And that alone makes me so very proud to call myself a writer. Every now and then I tweet that writers are the best people I know, and I’m reminded of it every single day.
By now you’ve all read Roni Loren’s story about being sued for using a certain photo in one or her posts, and the consequences. I’m not here to remind you guys what that’s about, you all know by now that it’s a no-no. We cannot claim ignorance anymore. It has happened before, the news just wasn’t that prominent.
A lot of people in the writing community have been deleting all the images from their blog posts and replacing them it others. Which brings me to the reason for this post and the awesomeness that is our writing community.
As soon as the news hit the airwaves/Twitter feeds/readers etc, the ever awesome Leigh Ann Kopans created a Pinterest board with photos she’s personally taken and made them available for anybody to use for blog posts etc. For free. Then another friend of mine, Jenny Kaczorowski, made some of her photography available for use as well. And then I heard of somebody else offering images to bloggers. Somebody else tweeted a link to free images, others blogged about advice and more links. And so it went. Everybody stepped forward to contribute whatever they could and it will continue.
Isn’t that the most wonderful thing ever!?!
The internet is such a dangerous place when it comes to copyrighted material, and it’s sometimes hard to find and use the right image, the one that represents your thoughts the best, without getting into potential trouble. With the sites that do offer cc images, I’ve found that I have to sign up to get access to some of them, and I’m somewhat annoyed by this sometimes because I don’t want more things filling up my inbox. So having easy access to boards like Leigh Ann and Jenny’s is super useful. Earlier this week I tweet a link to a post written by Leigh Ann and somebody I don’t follow and who doesn’t follow me, saw the RT somehow and replied with a link to more free images.
Most of you probably already have your go-to sites for free images, but I thought I’d share the ones I’ve found lately and give you a wider variety. If you have any you want to share with the rest of us, please leave a link in the comment section, we’ll all appreciate it.
Anything you want to share?