Second order of business: yesterday I posted the full story of our holiday card on my photography blog. For those that haven't seen it, I am SUPER PROUD of this card:
Third order of business: photo stealing. In the last week, I got two more emails about stolen photos. One was super crazy - a guy used Nate and Alex's baby and toddler photos for a year to court a 15 year old girl. The other was run-of-the-mill fake Facebook page with the boys' photos.
ALL of my photos that have been stolen have been stolen from Picasa. When you upload your photos to Blogger, Google creates a Picasa web album for you. In the past, people could only see those photos if they navigated to your blog OR if they had the direct link for the album. They did NOT show up in Google image searches. If you sign up for Google+, they import ALL of your Picasa web albums into your PUBLIC profile (you can not have a private Google+ profile). Ever since I signed up for Google+, more and more of my photos were stolen.
Frankly I don't have time to deal with this over and over. To deal with the issue, I:
- deleted my Google+ profile
- sent extremely ranty emails to Google+ about their photo privacy issues. This is why Facebook is going to win this race peoples - privacy.
- I made ALL of my Picasa pictures private. That means 1400 (!!!) photos are now missing from the first few years of this blog.
All of the baby pictures, all of the toddler pictures - POOF. Gone from the blog. And I have to accept I will never have time to move all 1400 pictures over to Flickr and replace the links.
I can't end this blog post on a negative note though because then the crazies really win. I've said it before and I'll say it again - this blog is my baby book. And even though I don't have their baby photos on the actual blog anymore, I will always have the blogbooks. And the blogbooks are AWESOME.