The very cool thing about growing and becoming wiser is...well...becoming wiser. The Internet has been a big part of my life, and I'm so glad that it has. I've met some amazing people here. A few of them I can honestly say have become very close friends, and I can't image my life now without them. It's been fun learning and growing, and taking part of exciting new ventures, and yeah, just wasting a lot of time goofing off and not doing actual work ;p
But, there's something in the air. I feel a shift happening with the Internet and the blogging communities. This year alone has been an emotional one for a lot of people. Me included.
Recently I read a post by Roni Loren where she shared the trail she went through when an artist sued her over an image she used on her blog. Unknowingly, she had violated a copyright, even though she is one of the most cautious people I know when it comes to these maters. She has disclaimers on her site and everything. And her post, along with a lot of other things happening in the blogosphere, got me thinking.
Times are changing. It's not all fun and games anymore. Many people make their living online. This is their livelyhood. It's mine, too. All or most of my book sales come from online sales. It saddens me so much when I find another pirated copy of one of my books =( So I do know how those artists feel.
And some really, really scary stuff has been going down, too. Websites gathering personal information to encourage stalking and...no. Just no. And scary. (I will not link to that site to give them any more traffic) I couldn't be more disgusted with what I've seen.
That being said, I've decided to be more cautious and careful with what I post. I've decided to back away from my laptop when my emotions are running high. Take some take out. Remember that it may not be that big of a deal tomorrow. I've done an overhaul of my blog, since now it's my domain name homesite, and I've removed images, personal information, family information, and anything else I don't want others to freely grab, and feel no longer pertains to the writer, professional Trisha Wolfe.
Please accept my apology now if I've ever blogged or Tweeted of Facebooked anything offensive to you. Know that I am only human, and that yes, I get upset sometimes, too. But that I am a rational human being who can change her mind and think things through clearly later on. I'm sorry if I've ever used an image that I didn't ask permission to use. I did so unknowingly, and I plan to ask for permission in the future, or simply use my own photos.
Also, you'll notice that I won't be posting as often. Truth is, there's just not enough time. And so many other, better blogs cover important topics much better than me LOL. And with blogs not getting enough love these days, I feel it's best left to them to dish. I'll still be posting about updates for books and such, as I feel that's what this site needs to be used for.
I really do hope that this sudden flux of craziness does not become the norm for the Internet or the blogging communities. I'm still happy and proud to be a part of YA Bound, and to share that love of blogging with my bloggy sisters there. And I still love the YA community, and believe we are fired up because we are passionate about what we love.